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Julius Berger (Cello)

Born: 1954 - Augsburg, Bavaria, Germany

The German cellist, Julius Berger, studied at the Musikhochschule of Munich, Germany under Walter Reichardt and Fritz Kiskalt. Later, he studied at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria under Antonio Janigro (whose assistant he became from 1979 to 1982) and at the University of Cincinnati, USA under Zara Nelsova and on the occasion of a master-course under Mstislav Rostropovich.

With 28 years Julius Berger was appointed to the Musikhochschule Wuerzburg and was one of the youngest Professors in Germany. Starting in Wuerzburg, later in Saarbruecken and Mainz, and since 2000 in Augsburg, he took efforts to promote the top new talents in his subject. Since 1992 he leads a class at the international summer academy at the Mozarteum Salzburg.

Julius Berger devotes a big part of international concert- and recording-works to the rediscovery of Luigi Boccherini´s complete works, the performance and CD-edition of the works für Violoncello and pianoforte by Paul Hindemith, the works of Ernst Bloch, Max Bruch, Richard Strauss, Robert Schumann and Edward Elgar. He is known for his big commitment of contemporary compositions. He published remarkable CD's, that are known all over the world, featuring the works of John Cage, Toshio Hosokawa and Sofia Gubaidulina.

Tours and concerts have brought him together - in music and in friendship - with people like Leonard Bernstein, Eugen Jochum, Gidon Kremer, Paul Roczek, Margarita Hoehenrieder, Siegfried Mauser, Jörg Demus, Norman Shetler, Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Stefan Hussong, Olivier Messiaen, Sofia Gubaidulina, Wolfgang Rihm, Pi-hsien Chen and Kristian Nyquist.

Moreover, Julius Berger works as art director of "International Instrumental Competition Markneukirchen" and the "Asiago-Festival" in Italy. He led the international Leopold Mozart-competition in Augsburg as president. For the "Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes", Berger became trusted tutor several years ago. He is also a member of the permanent musical selecting commission. Working as a juror for some years, Julius Berger got to visit the competitions in Salzburg (Mozart), Kronberg (Casals), Markneukirchen, Munich, Warsaw and many more. Since 1989 Julius Berger is member of the musical faculty of the Guardini-foundation in Berlin, since 1997 elected member of the central commitee of German catholics.

Julius Berger plays on a precious Old Italien instrument by Giovanni Battista Rogeri from 1723.

Julius Berger spends his free time with his family and likes to relax in the mountains.

Source: Julius Berger Website; Photos 01-02: Foto Behrbohm, Augsburg
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (September 2015)

Julius Berger: Short Biography | Recordings of Instrumental Works

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Julius Berger (Official Website) [German/English]

Julius Berger - Cellist (Wikipedia) [German]

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