2019, 2019 AWO SIX, 2018, 2015, 2015 India, 2013
"This project is wonderful. I feel it makes Australia less of a musical island. Excellence combined with Aussie enthusiasm will surely make a thrilling ensemble! The formation of the AWO is a highly positive event and will influence the international standing of Australian musical culture.”

Andra Darzins

Viola

Professor of Viola – University of Music, Stuttgart; Guest Principal – Staatskapelle Berlin, Munich Philharmonic Orchestra, Elbphilharmonie Orchestra; Former Principal Viola – Hamburg Philharmonic Orchestra.

Australian Hometown: Adelaide
Education: University of Adelaide, University of Music, Berlin

PROFESSIONAL BIOGRAPHY
Andra Darzins is Professor of Viola at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Stuttgart, Germany. Previously (1993-2004) she was principal viola of the Hamburg Philharmonic orchestra. Andra performs and teaches worldwide.

She plays as Guest Principal Viola in major German orchestras, including the Staatskapelle Berlin, Bamberger Symphoniker, Radio Symphony Orchestra Frankfurt, Munich Philharmonic (with which she toured Asia under the baton of Lorin Maazel), the Elphilharmonie Orchester (in Hamburg and on tour to Vienna, Paris), the Symphony Orchestra of the Bavarian Radio under Sir Simon Rattle, and with the Tonhalle Orchestra Zürich.

Andra is an avid chamber musician, is regularly invited to important festivals, for instance performing Brahms string Quintets and Sextetts at the International Chamber Music Festival in Zagreb, another highlight in 2019 was performing live in Latvian Classical radio, giving a recital with pianist Lauma Skride.

Andra is  often invited as a guest player with the Ensemble Modern, including tours to Paris and to England in 2017, and was part of a CD production with EM, featuring the music of Brian Ferneyhough.

A highlight of 2017 were performances of Morton Feldmans “Rothko Chapel” featuring solo viola with choir, together with the Stuttgart Vokalensemble, including a performance in the auspices of the Schwetzinger Festspiele in the thousand-year-old cathedral in Speyer. Andra recorded this work together with the choir in 2014, this CD was awarded the prestigious Prize of the German Record Critics.

Andra has released six solo CDs, including recordings of the viola concertos by Hoffmeister and Stamitz, in dual function as soloist and conductor. Her recordings have been highly acclaimed by critics and received prizes.

Andra studied at the University of Adelaide and at the University of Music in Berlin with Wolfram Christ. She was a Churchill Fellowship and DAAD scholarship holder. She won first prize in South Australia in the ABC Concerto Competition , the spezial prize “Frederic Liebstoeckl” at the Geneva Music Competition and 2nd prize (no first awarded) at the Lionel Tertis International Viola Competition.

Since 2006 Andra is artistic director of the St. Antonius Autumn concerts in Stuttgart.

Andra plays a viola built by Guiseppe Odoardi in 1770.

Last updated 2022