Christoph Slenczka, Viola
Christoph was born 1992 in Germany and began playing the violin at the age of 5. He has studied the violin with Prof. Conrad von der Goltz as a fellow of the Bayerischen Frühförderklasse, a program for gifted young musicians. In 2010 he decided to change to the Viola and started to studying with Prof. Thomas Riebl in the University Mozarteum Salzburg where in his second yar won the 3rd prize In the Mozarteum international competition. He has participated in master classes with Hariolf Schlichtig, Barbara Westphal, Ivry Gitlis, Tatjana Masurenko, Hartmut Rohde and Nils Mönkemeyer. And has received further guidance from Rainer Schmidt and Reinhard Goebel. As a chamber musician he performed with musicians such as Enrico Bronzi, Giovanni Gnocchi, Esther Hoppe and Wolfgang Redik. He performed several times in the Salzburger Kammermusik Festival and was invited to play alongside Nicolas Altstaed, Pekka Kuusisto, Ilya Gringlots, James Boyd, Benjamin Schmid and others at the Kammermusikfest Lockenhaus. In 2014 Christoph performed the Tabula Rasa by Arvo Pärt as Soloist with the Sinfonieorchester der Universität Mozarteum Salzburg. He is currently studying in the master program with Prof. David Takeno at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Christoph plays a Viola made by the German luthier Bernd Hiller.