One of the first women to win a concertmaster position in a major European orchestra, Ida Bieler served from 1983-1988 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 masterclass at the Robert Schumann Hochschule Düsseldorf. Ms 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 masterclass 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 NRW, the Streicherakademie Ochsenhausen in Baden-Württemberg, and artistic advisor 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 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.

Ms Bieler plays a violin from Thomas Balestrieri Cremonensis, Fecit Mantuae. Anno 1753.


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