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Feb. 13, 2012 /FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE / Photo attached
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She was Among Original Students at School of the Arts


WINSTON-SALEM – Internationally renowned violinist and University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) alumna Ida Bieler will return to Winston-Salem Feb. 16 and 17 as a guest artist in the School of Music.


During her visit to campus, Bieler will present a master class for violin students in the School of Music at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17, in Crawford Hall. The master class is free and open to the public.


Bieler was among the original students at UNCSA, studying with Ruggiero Ricci and Marc Gottlieb and graduating high school with the class of 1968. Afterward, she continued her education at The Juilliard School in New York, studying with Oscar Shumsky and Felix Galimir.

Ida Bieler

Ida Bieler

A resident of Germany for many years, Bieler was a member of the legendary Melos Quartet and one of the first women to serve as concertmaster for a major European orchestra, the Symphony and Opera Orchestra of Cologne. She is dedicated to the education of young musicians as one of the most successful violin teachers in Europe and founder of the International String Festival Baden Württemberg.


Ida Bieler is the sister of Suri Bieler, a UNCSA alumna from the School of Design and Production, who serves on the UNCSA Board of Trustees and is president of Eclectic/Encore Props Inc. in New York, one of the largest prop rental companies on the East Coast.



Recognized as one of the most versatile violinists performing today, American-born Ida Bieler has set a standard, in the course of her unusual career, as a musician of extraordinary scope. Following an unconventional course, her experience and repertoire span all facets of solo and ensemble performance, bringing her acclaim from critics and public alike for her uniquely communicative interpretations. Launched into recognition by winning international competitions on three continents, she has since performed regularly as soloist and chamber-player at major music capitals and festivals throughout the world. Recording for radio and television worldwide, she has toured and performed with leading international orchestras.


Ida Bieler's artistic focus and repertoire, staggering in extent, stretches from the Baroque to contemporary composition. Her performances and recordings of complete work cycles, from Bach's Solo Sonatas and Partitas to the complete sonatas of Bartók, Corigliano and Penderecki, have received acclaim usually reserved for the "specialist" in each of several styles. Working closely with the composers, she has premiered works by Aribert Reimann, Volker David Kirchner, and Moritz Eggert. With the National Symphony Orchestra of Mexico, under the direction of the composer, she played the first performance in Mexico of Krzysztof Penderecki's Metamorphosen – Concerto per violino ed.


Ida Bieler's CD catalog boasts an exceptionally wide and stylistically varied range of solo and chamber music repertoire. Awards have included the Cannes Classical Award, Echo Klassik Preis, Fono Forum Stern des Monats, Repertoire "10" and the Strad's Chamber Music Selection of the Month.


As a chamber musician, Bieler was a member of Germany's legendary Melos String Quartet from 1993 until their retirement from the concert stage in 2005. She has performed and recorded as a member of the Ensemble Villa Musica and since 2001 has been violinist of the highly acclaimed Xyrion Piano Trio.


One of the first women to win a concertmaster position in a major European orchestra, Ida Bieler served from 1983-88 as concertmaster of the Symphony and Opera Orchestra of Cologne, the Gürzenich Orchester. She left this position to accept a full professorship at the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Frankfurt. In 1993, she received the professorship and prestigious chair previously held by Sandor Vegh, leading the violin master class at the Robert Schumann Hochschule Düsseldorf. Bieler was visiting professor for violin and chamber music at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama London from 2005 to 2007, and is currently guest professor, leading a master class at the Universität für Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Graz, Austria.


One of the most successful teachers in Europe today, her support of young musicians has included initiating and serving as artistic director of the Rheinische Streicherakademie of North Rhine-Westphalia, the Streicherakademie Ochsenhausen in Baden-Württemberg, and artistic adviser of the Yehudi Menuhin Live Music Now Rhein-Ruhr e.V. The Vivaldi Project Düsseldorf, a teachers' training program aimed at educating underprivileged children, has been awarded the coveted Ideen für die Bildungsrepublik prize of Germany 2011.


Ida Bieler received her early musical education at the then-North Carolina School of the Arts studying with Ruggiero Ricci and Marc Gottlieb. She continued her studies at The Juilliard School in New York, graduating as a student of Oscar Shumsky and Felix Galimir. Gaining important artistic impulses from her work with Nathan Milstein in London and Zurich, she ultimately earned the Konzertexamen degree as a student of Professor Max Rostal at Cologne's Hochschule für Musik, Germany.


Bieler plays a violin from Tomaso Balestrieri, Mantova 1753.


The University of North Carolina School of the Arts is the first state-supported, residential school of its kind in the nation. Established as the North Carolina School of the Arts by the N.C. General Assembly in 1963, UNCSA opened in Winston-Salem (“The City of Arts and Innovation”) in 1965 and became part of the University of North Carolina system in 1972. More than 1,100 students from high school through graduate school train for careers in the arts in five professional schools: Dance, Design and Production (including a Visual Arts Program), Drama, Filmmaking, and Music. UNCSA is the state’s only public arts conservatory, dedicated entirely to the professional training of talented students in the performing, visual and moving image arts. UNCSA is located at 1533 S. Main St., Winston-Salem. For more information, visit www.uncsa.edu.