The violinist will start his professorship role from October 2021 alongside his concertmaster role at Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra


Thomas Reif © Andrej Grilc

German violinist Thomas Reif has been appointed violin professor at the Mozarteum University in Salzburg. 

An alum of the institution, Reif joined the university’s pre-college programme at the age of 12, studying for seven years under the tutelage of Professors Bruno Steinschaden and Harald Herzl. He stated on social media, ’It feels a bit like coming home to a place where I spent so many of my teenage days’


Born in 1991 in Regensburg, Reif also studied at the Hamburg University of Music and Theatre as well as the University of Music ‘Hanns Eisler’ in Berlin. He has won prizes at the International Mozart Competition, Queen Elisabeth Competition, Leopold Mozart Competition Johannes Brahms and is the recipient of the Ian Stoutzker Prize in memory of Yehudi Menuhin. 

Reif is currently the concertmaster of the Bavarian Radio Symphony, a role he has held since 2018, following concertmaster posts with Munich and Vienna chamber orchestras. He has performed worldwide as a soloist and chamber musician, with a special penchant for Argentinian tangos of the 1940s and 50s, which he performs with his ensemble Cuarteto Sol Tango.

Reif plays a Lorenzo Storioni violin of Cremona (1789) on loan from a private collection

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