Stauffer Professor since 2021.
Volkhard Steude, born in 1971, began studying the violin at the age of 5 at the Konservatorium Cottbus in Brandenburg, in the German Democratic Republic. In 1987 he placed second at the East German Youth Competition, and from 1988 he began his training at the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler in Berlin followed by Joachim Scholz and Werner Scholz. During that time, he won numerous international competitions. In 1993 he became first violin of the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra, and after graduating in Berlin in March 1994, he continued his studies in Vienna under Alfred Staar.
In November 1994 Volkhard Steude became first violin of the Vienna State Opera Orchestra, and in 2000 he was appointed first violin of the Vienna Philharmonic. As a soloist, he has performed with the Vienna Philharmonic conducted by Giuseppe Sinopoli and Daniel Barenboim.His numerous performances in Europe and Japan include Beethoven’s Violin Concerto and Triple Concerto, Mendelssohn’s Concerto and Double Concerto, Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante and Concertos in D and A, and Sibelius and Tchaikovsky’s Concertos, many of which have been recorded live for a radio broadcast or CD.
A passionate chamber musician, Steude has been first violinist of the Wiener Virtuosen since 2002, a chamber music ensemble composed of members of the Vienna Philharmonic. The same year he founded the Steude Quartet.
Volkhard Steude plays a 1718 Stradivarius (previously owned by Viotti and Rose), which was granted to him by the Oesterreichische National bank.
In 2016, the Hiroshima Symphony Orchestra in Japan awarded him the honorary title of Music Partner of the HSO.
Concertmaster Artist Diploma
This unique course offers the opportunity to study with ten concertmasters from leading European orchestras. Students will meet one Professor per month, deepening their study of the orchestral and solo repertoire, going on to develop the qualities essential to fill the role of concertmaster, thus coming into contact with the best professionals in the international music community.