Mr. Mathias BOEGNER is the German-Swiss violinist who has held tenure as a professor at the China Conservatory of Music in Beijing since 2008. Today, he serves as Head of the Chamber Music Department and was elected Distinguished Foreign Expert Professor by the institution.
He was a student of Aida Stucki (Switzerland), Gerhart Hetzel (Munich), Wolfgang Schneiderhan (Vienna), Dorothy DeLay (USA), and has given performances in Paris, London, New York, Rio, Havanna, Tokyo, and Osaka to name a few.
Mathias tours with demanding programs; once with Bach’s Chaconne and three Fugues, the complete Ysaye Solo Sonatas, Paganini Caprices, followed by Ernst’s Last Rose and Erlkoenig in a single concert. Another time, he recorded a performance of the Caprices live on DVD on twenty four Italian Master violins. His performances at Carnegie Hall have been met with standing ovations, and at one “Schubertiade” recital featuring Schubert’s Arpeggione, Rondo, “Dry Flowers” and Fantasy, Princess Sirinthorn of Thailand had sent flowers.
Mathias won the Concerto Competition held in Cincinnati, in the United States, was a winner in a national German Youth Competition for String Quartet and has won awards by the Starling Foundation in the United States, Flersheim Foundation of Switzerland, Cambodia’s Ministry of Education, Jordan Academy of Music, the Satya Wacana University in Indonesia, in Malaysia and Vietnam.
In his endeavors as a music educator, Mathias was an Associate Professor at the National University of the Arts in Taiwan and had been an assistant tutor in Munich and Cincinnati. He continually strives to become a better teacher and has even successfully auditioned for a professorship at Zuerich Hochschule after his studies. There, he also became part of the Committee of the foundation.
The fact that Mathias is able to accompany his students on the piano, due to his experience in chamber music and accompaniment when he was younger, has proved to be advantageous in his violin studios.
With respect to academia, Mathais is concerned with often overlooked musical personalities and their contributions; he has engaged in research and has given presentations on Locatelli, Campagnoli and Ernst, at the International Fine Arts Conference in Bangkok in 2009, 2010 and 2011, and came away with three excellence awards and publications. In 2013, he presented on Klingler at the University of Sydney.
Mathias’ conversation with violinist Louis Krasner and work on a critical analysis of Berg’s concerto is filed in the library at Harvard University.
In honour of his beloved teacher, Gerhart Hetzel, who was famous in Japan and widely known as the Concertmaster of the Vienna Philharmonic, he has traveled to Japan on numerous occasions to collaborate with Hetzel’s widow, the Hetzelianer, J-Philharmoniker and Wienerisches Ensemble Kyoto, which culminated in a 2013 album release of Hertzel’s live recording of Mozart and Brahms concertos.
An experienced concertmaster, beginning in his early days at the Stadtorchester Winterthur in Switzerland under Maestro Franz Welser Moest, and later at the Shanghai Broadcast Symphony, Mathias was also an invited guest of the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande in Geneva, and in Beijing at CODDC Opera. In Zurich, he conducted the “La Folia” Chamber Orchestra.
Our school is honoured to have Mathias on our distinguished panel of advisors; sharing his experiences and knowledge with regards to String Chamber Orchestra training here at Melody Strings.