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Lorenz Gamma

 

Lorenz Gamma

Violinist Lorenz Gamma has a varied career as soloist, recitalist, chamber musician and teacher. He spent three years touring with the Amar Quartet, with performances in many of Europe’s most important chamber music venues, including the Tonhalle in Zurich, the Victoria Hall in Geneva, the Residenz in Munich, the Cologne Philharmonic, as well as many other venues in cities such as London, Paris, New York etc. With his quartet he won the Millennium Award at the London International String Quartet Competition, the national Migros Prize of Switzerland, as well as the Second Prize and Special Audience Award at the International String Quartet Competition in Graz, Austria in 2000.Mr. Gamma lives in Los Angeles and is professor of violin at California State University Northridge (CSUN), where he also serves as head of strings and director of the chamber music program. His private and professional violin students have regularly gone on to continue their studies at such institutions as the Juilliard School, Indiana University, the Manhattan and Eastman Schools of Music, the Cleveland Institute of Music, University of Southern California and the Colburn School in Los Angeles.

Prior to his activity with the quartet, Mr. Gamma served as concertmaster of the Northwest Sinfonietta in Seattle and as principal of the Zurich Opera orchestra. As a soloist Mr. Gamma has performed over twenty different concertos by Bach, Beethoven, Berg, Brahms, Bruch, Gubaidulina, Lutoslawski, Mozart, Mendelssohn, Piazzolla, Rubinstein, Schumann, Spohr, Tartini, Vivaldi, and Wieniawski. As a chamber musician he has performed string quartets by over sixty composers, as well as the greater part of the standard chamber literature of over eighty composers. Musicians he collaborated with include Sophia Gubaidulina, Heinz Holliger, Paul Katz, Ronald Leonard, Thea Musgrave, Roger Reynolds, Donald McInnes, Joseph Silverstein, Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi and many others.

 

Mr. Gamma lives in Los Angeles and is professor of violin at California State University Northridge (CSUN), where he also serves as head of strings and director of the chamber music program. His private and professional violin students have regularly gone on to continue their studies at such institutions as the Juilliard School, Indiana University, the Manhattan and Eastman Schools of Music, the Cleveland Institute of Music, University of Southern California and the Colburn School in Los Angeles.