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Joachim Roewer Principal


Born in East Germany, Joachim Roewer graduated from the Hochschule für Musik “Franz Liszt” Weimar and the Orchesterakademie of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, having performed frequently with this world class orchestra in Berlin and internationally. During that time he was also principal viola of the International Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra under Claudio Abbado.

In 1994 he moved to Ireland to become principal viola with the Irish Chamber Orchestra, a position which he has held ever since. On numerous occasions he appeared as soloist with the Irish Chamber Orchestra. He performed Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante both with Katherine Hunka and Anthony Marwood and Berlioz’ “Harold in Italy” with the National Youth Orchestra of Ireland.

Since 2006 Joachim works as Course Director of the annual international ConCorda Chamber Music Course for Strings.

Joachim is a passionate teacher and a busy chamber music player. He is member of the Esposito String Quartet and was invited to perform with the Vogler Quartet, the Vanbrugh Quartet and the Contempo Quartet. Since 2013 he is Artistic Director of the Killaloe Chamber Music Festival.

Joachim teaches viola and chamber music at Cork School of Music and on the MA programme in Classical Strings at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance at the University of Limerick.


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