• Most Respected Classical Music Platform
  • #classicalForever

Violinist Wolfgang Schneiderhan Died in 2002

A student of Otakar Sevcik and Julius Winkler, Schneiderhan served as former Concertmaster of the Vienna Symphony and the Vienna Philharmonic

Austrian violinist Wolfgang Schneiderhan died on this day in 2002, aged 86.

Schneiderhan grew up in a musical family and studied with Otakar Sevcik at age 8. Rather than learning Sevcik's technique exercises, he delved straight into the Paganini caprices and major violin concertos. He later studied with Julius Winkler who helped him develop his own musical style.

Schneiderhan made his solo debut performing J.S. Bach's Chaconne in D minor at age 10, followed by his orchestral solo debut performing Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto at age 11. 

In his professional career, he served as the concertmaster of the Vienna Symphony and Vienna Philharmonic. He also dedicated much of his career to teaching, holding positions at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna, the Mozarteum University of Salzburg, and the Lucerne Conservatory — where he encouraged his students to pursue orchestral performance at some point in their careers and to explore modern compositions. 

As a performer, he often composed his own cadenzas for Mozart's concertos and adapted Beethoven's Violin Concerto based on Beethoven's piano cadenzas. Schneiderhan gave the Viennese premiere of Elgar's Violin Concerto in 1947, the premiere performance of Karl Amadeus Hartmann’s revised Concerto Funebre in 1959, and often performed contemporary works such as Henze's Violin Concerto in the 1950s and 1960s.

Wolfgang Schneiderhan married the soprano Irmgard Seefried in 1948 and lived in Vienna with their three daughters. 



upcoming events

april 2024

23aprAll Day26Lyon International Chamber Music Competition(All Day) Université Lumière Lyon 2, 18 quai Claude Bernard 69365 Lyon, FranceEvent Type :competitions Event Tagschamber music,chamber music competition,Lyon International Chamber Music CompetitionFOLLOW

may 2024

06may01junQueen Elisabeth Violin Competition(may 6) 12:00 am - (june 1) 11:59 pm Flagey ASBL-VZW, Pl. Sainte-Croix, 1050 Bruxelles, BelgiumEvent Type :competitions Event Tagscompetition,Queen Elisabeth Violin Competition,violinFOLLOW

07mayAll Day13Prague Spring International Violin Competition(All Day) Rudolfinum, Alšovo nábř. 79/12, 110 00 Staré město-Staré Město, CzechiaEvent Type :competitions Event TagsPrague Spring International Violin Competition,violin competitionFOLLOW

10mayAll Day1251st Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition(All Day) University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN 46556 USAEvent Type :competitions Event TagsFischoff Chamber Music CompetitionFOLLOW

27mayAll Day31New York Classic Violin Competition(All Day) Manhattan School of Music, 130 Claremont Ave, New York, NY 10027Event Type :competitions Event TagsClassic Violin Olympus International Competition,violin competitionFOLLOW


Get ALL our latest conveniently by EMAIL

Our newsletter is trusted by over 100,000+ industry professionals around the world

We deliver news straight to your inbox and will never share your data.
You'll never miss a beat!

click left click right