Viola with Jutta Puchhammer-Sédillot

14-20 August, 2018


The Masterclass will take place from the 14th to the 20th August 2018 at the Istituto Superiore di Studi Musicali “G. Lettimi” in Rimini, Italy.

Application Deadline: 10th July 2018
Application Fee: Euro 100
Masterclass Fee: Euro 350

The masterclass will include 3-5 lessons of one hour each. In addition, there will be a public masterclass for everyone every day during this period.. Interested participants must send a list of the repertoire that they would like to work on during the masterclass and a copy of the piano scores

This masterclass will be open to spectators

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The Viennese-born violist Jutta Puchhammer-Sédillot, described as a violist of “exceptional quality,” is in great demand on the Canadian and international music scenes. A Canadian citizen since 1987, she frequently returns home to Austria and surrounding European countries to give recitals, masterclasses, and chamber music performances.

An in-demand soloist, Ms. Puchhammer-Sédillot has been a guest artist with the Bogata Symphony (Colombia), the Orchestre Métropolitan (Montreal), the Laval Symphony Orchestra (Canada), the Wiener Frauenkammerorchester (Austria), the Kayaleh Academy Orchestra (Switzerland),  the Montreal Chamber orchestral and l’Orchestre de la Université de Montréal (OUM). In Europe, she was a member of the Wiener Nonett touring thoroughout Europe and Japan, as well as a member of the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra. A new viola concerto was recently composed for her and the Laval Symphony Orchestra by Tim Brady, and was premiered with enormous success in March 2013 and recorded with the Nova Scotia Symphony Orchestra under Bernhard Gueller in January 2014. A passionate chamber musician, she has performed with such renowned artists as Janos Starker and Lorand Fenyves, and with the Fine Arts Quartet, Musica Camerata and the Alcan String Quartet. Co-founder of the Trio Kegelstatt, the Quartuor Claudel and the Trio à Cordes de Montréal, she recently celebrated her 25th season with her viola-piano duo Puchhammer-Desjardins.

Ms. Puchhammer-Sédillot’s recitals are often recorded for radio broadcasts, and highlight her interest in little-known post-romantic works and new sonatas written for her. Her solo CDS Alto Romantic Fantasies (Eclectra ECCD-2060) and German Romantic Works (Fidelio FIDC 018) were acclaimed in Fanfare magazine: “Here the viola shines with as much fire as a passionate violin, cries with as much desperation as cello, entices, seduces, and convinces the listener that no string instrument could be more versatile or beautiful.”

2016 has seen Ms. Puchhammer-Sédillot’s most recent CD release, in a double-CD set entitled Pièces de Concours – Virtuosic Romantic Works by French Composers (Navona NV6065). The recording features previously forgotten showpieces for viola from around the turn of the 20th century, rigorously researched and brilliantly executed by Ms. Puchhammer-Sédillot. In conjunction with the recording, she has also collaborated with Schott to edit and re-publish the Pièces de Concours in three volumes (ED 22254-56). Additionally, her new recording of the Fauré, Strauss, and Dvorak piano quartets with the Quatuor Ondine is to be released in Spring 2018.

Ms. Puchhammer-Sédillot is an avid and insightful educator, and her masterclass activites regularly take her to institutions such as the Juilliard School, the Curtis Institute, the Cleveland Institute of Music, Brigham Young University, the Conservatoire supérieure de Lyon and the CRR in Paris and Bordeaux, the Rotterdam Codarts University, the Conservatoire supérieure de Genève and de Lausanne (Switzerland), the Univerrsität für Musik of Vienna, the University national de Bogota, Colombia, and other Canadian universities. Ms. Puchhammer-Sédillot is currently a full time professor of viola and chamber music at the University of Montreal and is on the faculties of the Orford Arts Center (Quebec, Canada), The Heifetz International Music Academy (Virginia, USA), and the TTT (Teach Teachers Teach) Project in Villaricca, Chile. She has also taught at the Perlman Music Program and the North American Viola Institute.

A leader in the international viola community, Ms. Puchhammer-Sédillot has served as the president of the Canadian Viola Society and hosted the 34th International Viola Congress in 2006 in Montreal, was artistic co-director for the Viola Congress in 1999 in Guelph, Ontario, and led the first pan-Canadian viola festival at the Université de Montréal in 2009 and the Quebec Viola Festival in September 2013. Her active participation in the International Viola Congresses as a performer, teacher, and lecturer around the world have earned her the prestigious “Maurice Riley Award” given by the International Viola Society for international achievement.

Ms. Puchhamer-Sédillot graduated from the Wiener Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst under Sigfried Führlinger with honors and holds a Masters degree from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York under Heidi Castleman. She plays a Geoffrey Ovington viola made in 1989.