Katharina Vass, Clarinet
Already at the age of six Katharina Vass, founding member of the Stella Artis Ensemble, started to take clarinet classes. Later on she was taught by C. Gillhaus privately and from 1999 on as a junior student at the Mozarteum Salzburg.
After receiving first federal awards in 1997, 1999 and 2001 in the solo category of the competition Prima la Musica – Jugend Musiziert and graduating from the Musisches Gymnasium Salzburg she was accepted to the Music Academy Hanns Eisler Berlin to the class of K. H. Steffens (elementary studies of concert education orchestral instrument clarinet) and finished her studies in Weimar with M. Spangenberg in 2008. In 2011 she completed her Master studies with honors at the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz.
The clarinetist has been working for various orchestras, such as the Junge Deutsche Philharmonie, Landestheater Eisenach, the orchestra of the Tyrolean Festival in Erl, Ensemble Kontrapunkte, Wiener Symphoniker, Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Tonkunstler Orchestra. Since 2012 Kathatina Vass is working for the Schlossorchester Schönbrunn.
Further, her soloist career has taken her to many European countries, China, Japan and Canada. In 2010 and 2011 she performed as a soloist at the Austria Festival Symphony Orchestra and the Wendland Sinfonie Orchester in Lüneburg.
Many European institutions invite her as a lecturer for clarinet, chamber music and orchestra master classes. So far her teaching activities have brought her to the Orchester91 in Hamburg, the international music days musicmania in Großarl, the Landesmusikakademie Niedersachsen, the WSO Wendlandsinfonieorchester, the Kammermusiktage Kirchweyhe in Bremen and the camp styria in Schladming.
Since 2012 she works at the music school Musikverein Lobming in St. Stefan ob Leoben and supports the Bläserklasse 18+ at the Yamaha-Musikschule Wien as an expert lecturer.
In 2014 Katharina Vass started her dissertation about mixed wind chamber music literature from I. J. Pleyel and its orchestration and contemporary arrangements and musical and performing practice for the special constellation wind section, string section and keyboard instruments since the development of the piano trio in Vienna.
Andreas Teufel, Piano
Pianist Andreas Teufel, founding member of the Stella Artis Ensemble, started his musical career at the Musikschule Pernitz. At the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz he studied with A. Satz and completed his concert specialized studies in piano with distinction in 2007.
Currently he works as a coach at the Kunstuniversität Graz. Before that the musician lectured as a vocal coach at the China Conservatory in Peking.
Andreas Teufel, member of the Ö1 Talentebörse (an institution for honorary prizes of the Austrian Federal Ministry for Science and Research), participated in courses of W. Watzinger, P. Feuchtwanger, G. Reinhold, J. van Immerseel (fortepiano), A. Bauni (vocal accompaniment) and J. Martinez (coaching). Important artistic impulses he also gained from L. Smirnova, H. Ossberger, F. Cerha and M. Kiyofuji.
Furthermore, Andreas Teufel was a scholarship holder of Boesendorfer and winner of Jugend Musiziert.
So far, his performances have led him to Austria, Germany, Belgium, South Africa, China and Ethiopia. Contemporary music always has had an important role throughout his journeys.
2011 he organized a solo recital at the Viennese festival for contemporary music Wien Modern. 2013 and 2014 he ran a vocal class at the AIMS summer festival in Graz.
Born in Wiener Neustadt, Andreas Teufel is not only a multifaceted soloist, chamber music partner and coach but also a founding member of the artist platform KlangGut, holder of a doctoral degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Technology in Vienna and dedicated to the maintenance of the Austrian folk music tradition.
Veronika Eber, Violoncello and French Horn
Veronika Eber, born in Vienna, joined the Stella Artis Ensemble in 2014. She started to play violoncello at the age of five and French horn at the age of 12. Her musical education for cello she received in Vienna from G. Baich, S. Kropfitsch und A. Skocic.
In 2007 she finished her Bachelor's studies at the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz with R. Leopold. In 2009 she received the Magistra atrium for the French horn with honors at the same institution with H. McDonald. 2011 she acquired the certificate of educational competence for both instruments.
Veronika Eber did her exchange studies with M. Yllönen and T. Ronkainen at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki where she was able to gather many musical experiences in classical as well as traditional folklore music.
She gleaned her work experience in orchestras such as the Wiener Symphoniker, the Grazer Philharmonisches Orchester, the Collegium 1704 and the Landestheater Niederbayern. This brought her to various European and Asian countries.
Besides her teaching activities for horn and violoncello at the Oberoesterreichisches Landesmusikschulwerk (since 2010) Veronika Eber studies baroque cello at the Anton Bruckner Privatuniversitaet in Linz with Claire Pottinger-Schmid.
The former price winner of Prima La Musica and Internationaler Wettbewerb Violoncello in Liezen is regularly invited as a juror for competitions.
Veronika Eber is multifaceted. She plays compositions from the baroque times up to the modern age. Her professional experiences include soloist performances as well as the participation in various chamber music groups, salon music compositions and orchestras.
Soloist and chamber music projects such as Re:composition with the dance group Nova Mesta in Bratislava (solo cello) or the Sommerkonzerte Stift Melk enriched her musical range.