Lorenz Gamma

Violinist Lorenz Gamma is internationally active as soloist, recitalist, chamber musician and teacher, and was most recently appointed for a full-time position teaching violin at California State University Northridge. He gives frequent master classes in the United States, Europe and Asia, and initially taught violin as visiting professor, first at UCLA and later at Indiana University in Bloomington, before joining the faculty at the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts). His private and professional students have frequently won prizes at numerous solo and chamber music competitions and regularly gone on to continue their studies at such institutions as the Juilliard School, Indiana University, the Manhattan and Eastman Schools of Music, the Cleveland Institute of Music, University of Southern California, the Colburn School and many others. Having performed internationally a string quartet repertoire of over sixty composers, as well as a greater part of the standard chamber music repertoire of over eighty composers, Lorenz Gamma dedicates himself with great passion to teaching chamber music in addition to violin.

As former co-leader of the Amar Quartet in Switzerland, Mr. Gamma performed a full-time concert schedule touring through many of Europe’s most important chamber music venues, including the Tonhalle in Zurich, the Victoria Hall in Geneva, the Residence in Munich, the Cologne Philharmonic, as well as venues in many other cities such as London, Paris, New York etc. Prior to his tenure with the quartet, Mr. Gamma served as concertmaster of the Northwest Sinfonietta in Seattle, and later as Principal of the Zurich Opera Orchestra.

As a soloist Lorenz Gamma has performed over twenty different concertos by Bach, Beethoven, Berg, Brahms, Bruch, Gubaidulina, Lutoslawski, Mozart, Mendelssohn, Piazzolla, Rubinstein, Schumann, Spohr, Tartini, Vivaldi, and Wieniawski. He also holds an extensive record of appearances on radio, both in Europe and in the United States. His radio broadcasts and CD recordings include Schubert’s String Quintet and Piano Trio in E-flat, the “Quartet for the End of Time” by Messiæn, the complete String Quartets as well as all works for violin and piano and the Piano Sextet by Carlos Chávez, the Dvorák Piano Quintet, Mozart Clarinet Quintet, sonatas and partitas by Bach, Kodály, Lazarof, Mozart and Ravel, as well as string quartets by Brahms, Debussy, Dvorák, Haydn, Hindemith, Ives, Janácek, Mozart, Ortiz, Ravel, Shostakovich, Ullmann, Verdi and Wadada Leo Smith. Musicians he has collaborated with include Heinz Holliger, Paul Katz, Ronald Leonard, Donald McInnes, Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi and many others.

Mr. Gamma served for ten years as first violinist of the Los Angeles based group Southwest Chamber Music. The ensemble’s recordings of the complete chamber music works of Carlos Chávez have been nominated for six Grammy Awards, winning two in 2004 and 2005.

Lorenz Gamma was born in Switzerland, where he received his initial instruction as a violinist. His further studies took place in the United States, with Franco Gulli, Steven Staryk and Mark Kaplan.