Australian Hometown: Adelaide
Education: University of Adelaide, University of Music, Berlin
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) and with the Elphilharmonie Orchester playing concerts in Hamburg and Paris.
Andra is an avid chamber musician, is regularly invited to important festivals, a highlight was the International Chamber Music Festival in Zagreb in October 2017, performing both Brahms string Quintets and Sextetts.
Andra is also 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 several 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 6 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.
Andra is artistic director of the St. Antonius Autumn concerts in Stuttgart.
Andra plays a viola built by Guiseppe Odoardi in 1770.
Last updated 2018