Frank Stadler started violin lessons at the age of five. After graduating with distinction from the University Mozarteum in Salzburg he became assistant to his former teacher, Helmut Zehetmair. He also studied with Ruggiero Ricci and participated in masterclasses with Thomas Brandis, Franco Gulli and Ivry Gitlis.

In 1993, Stadler founded the Stadler Quartett, with which he performs worldwide. The quartet regularly appears at the Salzburg Festival, where previous performances have included Schönberg’s Ode to Napoleon with Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, and Stockhausen’s Helikopterquartett. In 2010, the Stadler Quartett released a CD on the Neos label, presenting works by Helmut Lachenmann, which was awarded the Pasticcio Prize from the Austrian radio station, ORF. 

Since 1999, Frank Stadler has been Concert Master of the Mozarteum Orchestra, Salzburg, with which he also appears as soloist. His close relationship with Ivor Bolton has led to him performing the solo violin part in works by Bach, Mendelssohn, Mozart and Strauss. His live recording of Mozart’s Haffnerserenade under Hubert Soudant, has been released on CD, and Mozart’s Concertone under Frans Brüggen, is available on DVD. 

Frank Stadler enjoys playing and promoting contemporary music and has had several works dedicated to him, including a violin concerto by Boguslaw Schaeffer, which was premiered at the 2003 Warsaw Autumn Festival.

As Guest Concert Master, Stadler has been invited to play with the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, the Camerata Salzburg, the Nürnberg Philharmonic, the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra and the Munich Chamber Orchestra. As a soloist he has performed all over the world, including such venues as the Musikverein in Vienna. He has also toured Japan performing on Mozart’s own violin.

His latest solo disc, featuring works by Schubert, Schumann and Janácek, with the Portuguese pianist Luis Magalhães, was released on the TwoPianists label in April 2011 and has garnered rave reviews in Strad Magazine, American Record Guide, Fanfare and Ritmo.

Frank Stadler currently leads a violin class as the University Mozarteum in Salzburg. He plays a violin by Bertrand Bellin, Offenburg.
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