herbert kefer / viola

Herbert Kefer was born in Eisenerz, Austria, in 1960. At the age of five he received his first musical education on the violin. Subsequent he continued his studies with Prof.Karl Frischenschlager in Leoben and with Prof.Karl Stierhof at the University of Music in Vienna. In 1986 he graduated with distinction. In 1980 he founded, together with 3 colleagues, the Artis-Quartet. From 1984 to 1985 they spent one year in Cincinnati/Ohio with the LaSalle-Quartet to profit from their knowledge as much as possible. After that, an international career including concerts at all well known festivals (“Salzburger Festspiele”, “Schubertiade Feldkirch”, “Wiener Festwochen”, “Casals Festival” etc.) had begun. Furthermore they produced about 30 CD´s, which were frequently honoured with the Grand Prix du Disque or the Diapason d´Or. In 1991 Herbert Kefer was appointed to be in charge of a Viola class at the University of Music in Graz / Institution Oberschuetzen. Moreover, he is a demanded soloist as well as a soughtafter partner for several chambermusic-formations.  Since 2005 director of Weinklang-Festival. He is married to the organ player Ulrike Theresia Wegele.