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Biographies

Harald Martin Winkler (violin & artistic director)

was born 1975 in Klagenfurt and refined his education with Helfried Fister and Josef Hell as well as with master classes with I. Ozim, H. Krebbers, B. Finlayson, K. Maetzl, A. Rainer, the Beaux Arts Trio, the Alban Berg Quartet and the Amadeus Quartet. As a laureate of numerous national and international contests (Club Carinthia Award 1998, „Jugend musiziert“, International Violin Contest Görz - Italy) he has played as a soloist, in different chamber music formations and as concertmaster and principal of various chamber and symphony orchestras (Vienna and Cologne Chamber Orchestras, Camerata Bregenz, Orchestra of the Volksoper Vienna, Vienna Chamber Philharmonic, Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra of the Ludwigsburg Festival, Landessymphonieorchestra Vorarlberg).
Since 2004 Harald Martin Winkler has been concertmaster of “recreation – Large Orchestra Graz”, he works as a lecturer for Jeunesse Austria and since 2007 he leads a violin class at the
Johann-Joseph-Fux Conservatory in Graz.
 
 
 
Volker Zach (violin)
 
received his training as a concert violinist at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Graz and is a member of “recreation – Großes Orchester Graz”. Besides his classical concert activity he is intensively dedicated to Austrian folk music and “Schrammelmusik”. Volker Zach gained his experience in respect to Viennese music in several orchestras, including concertmaster for the Operetta Orchestra in Bad Ischl.
 
 
 
 
 
Wolfgang Stangl (viola)
 
completed his studies in Graz and Vienna and - besides the Girardi Ensemble Graz - appears regularly with “recreation – Large Orchestra Graz”, the “Salonfähigen Saitenspringern” and “DUOlog”. In the school year 2006/07 Wolfgang Stangl was appointed lecturer for violin and viola at the Johann-Joseph-Fux Conservatory in Graz. He teaches viola in Weiz and since 2017 at the Johann Joseph Fux Conservatory.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Ruth Winkler (violoncello)
 
was born in Graz and first studied with Hildegund Posch and Rudolf Leopold in Graz before completing her studies with Tobias Kühne in Vienna. She completed numerous master classes with Philippe Muller, Paul Tortelier, Florian Kitt and Orfeo Mandozzi amongst others.
Besides stints as a substitute for the Tonkünstler Orchestra of Lower Austria, the Graz Philharmonic Orchestra and The Volksoper Vienna, Ruth Winkler occupied herself intensively with music of the 20th and 21st centuries. She was involved with the Klangforum Vienna.
She collaborated with numerous festivals such as “steirischer herbst”, “styriarte”, “Wien Modern”, “Klangbogen Vienna”, Festival of New Music Darmstadt and the Music Biennale Zagreb. Since 1996 Ruth Winkler leads a violoncello class at the Johann-Joseph-Fux Conservatory in Graz.  In 2002 she became solo cellist at “recreation – Large Orchestra Graz”.
 
 
 
Anton Hirschmugl (clarinet)
 
was born in 1968 in Feldbach/East Styria. From 1984 until 1993 he studied clarinet at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Graz with Karl Steinwidder and Bela Kovacs. He participated in master classes with Alois Brandhofer and Peter Schmidl. From 1996 until 2011 Anton Hirschmugl was music teacher in Gnas and from 2000 until 2009 lecturer for clarinet teaching practice at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Graz. He has had solo performances with the orchestra community Judenburg/Zeltweg and with the Gleisdorf City Orchestra and since 2003 is a member of the Graz Philharmonic Orchestra.
 
 
 
Aima Maria Labra- Makk (piano)
 
was born in CebuCity in the Philippines. She studied piano at the College of Music of the University of the Philippines with Perla Z. Suaco. In 1985 she won the first prize in the National Music Competition for Young Artists in Manila. In 1986 she arrived in Austria to perfect her education at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Graz with Eugen Jakab. She participated in international piano competitions, including the “Franz Schubert” competition, in which she won the 3rd prize. She received grants from the Bösendorfer, the Martha Debelli and the Alban Berg trusts. Besides her busy concert schedule as soloist and chamber musician, Aima Maria Labra-Makk appeared on several broadcasts and CD recordings. She is the only pianist to have recorded the entire solo piano works of Jenö Takacs, which built up her reputation as the main interpreter of his works. Aima Maria Labra- Makk directs the piano preparatory class at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Graz and at its district branch in Oberschützen. She also holds master classes in Austria, Hungary and in the Philippines.