Sebastian Gürtler, who originally hails from Hallein, Austria, was appointed first violin of the Hugo Wolf Quartet in 2005.
Receiving his formal training from Helmut Zehetmair, Corrado Romano, Ernst Kovacic and Philippe Hirschhorn, he has performed as a soloist with the Vienna Chamber Orchestra, Vienna Chamber Philharmonic, Camerata Academica Salzburg, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Dresden Philharmonic, Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra and Vienna Academic Philharmonic, under such conductors as Sandor Vegh, Lothar Zagrosek, Trevor Pinnock, Günther Herbig and Yehudi Menuhin, to name just a few.
His chamber music partners include Stefan Mendl, Markus Schirmer, Clemens Hagen, members of the Vienna-Berlin Ensemble and Art of Brass, Wolfgang Muthspiel, Alegre Corrêa and Rebekka Bakken. He has also served as the First Concertmaster of the Vienna Volksoper Orchestra since 1997. In 2000, Gürtler founded the ensemble AMARCORD. With the positions violin, cello, double bass and accordion, the formation’s repertoire ranges from own compositions to ethnic music, and from works by Modest Mussorgsky, Astor Piazzolla, Dmitri Shostakovich and Erik Satie to compositions written expressly for AMARCORD. The ensemble’s arrangement of the Mussorgsky piano cycle, “Pictures at an Exhibition”, brought it immediate international recognition. The current project is a CD of works by Erik Satie, and will be released in late 2005.
As a member of Vienna’s Music & Comedy Company, Sebastian Gürtler debuted with a highly acclaimed solo musical comedy show in April 2005, in the Vienna Musikverein.