Andrej Gál

He studied violoncello at the State Conservatory in Bratislava with Mgr. K. Filipovič and at the Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava with Prof. J. Podhoranský. He also attended masterclasses with R. Wallfisch and J. Waltz. Between 1997 and 2002 he held the position of the violoncello group leader in various international orchestras - Young artists festival Bayreuth, Internationale Junge Orchesterakademie and Idyllwild Summer Arts Festival U.S.A. Since 2001 he is a member of the Bohdan Warchals Slovak Chamber Orchestra. In 2002 at the summer academy Prague-Vienna-Budapest, with Zwiebel Quartet Thomastik-Infeld he received a prize for the interpretation of the quartets by Schostakowitsch. He also attended masterclasses with the members of Alban Berg, Smetana, Janáček and Bartók and Hagen Quartets. In 2008 he attended a semestral masterclass in Basle, Switzerland, with  prof. W. Levin (LaSalle Quartet) and R. Schmidt (Hagen Quartet).

He is a member of ensembles specialized in contemporary music - Ostravská banda, Quasars Ensemble, Melos Ethos Ensemble. He also plays Baroque violoncello and occasionally he cooperates with the ensemble Musica Aeterna.

As a soloist he collaborated with Janáček Philharmonic Ostrava conducted by R. Kluttig, with the Slovak Chamber Orchestra and Quasars Ensemble. He participates in various improvisational groups together with the composer Miro Tóth. He performed at many important stages and festivals, such as Lincoln Center New York, Carnegie Hall New York, Consevatoire Paris, Bachfest Leipzig, Prague Spring, Warsaw Autumn, Ostrava Days of New Music, Gaia - Vilnius, Tokyo - Opera City, Los Angeles, Berlin, Lisbon, Moscow, St. Petersburg...

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