Persian/American violist Muriel Razavi, born in Freiburg/ Germany is in great demand as a soloist, chamber musician and orchestral musician in the baroque as well as in the contemporary music field.
Muriel Razavi is the first prize winner of the international “Washington String Competition” in Washington D.C. in 2018, award winner of the 11th international “Michael Spisak” competition in Poland in 2017 as well as the international competition “Città di Cremona” at the 43. international Viola Conference in Cremona in 2016. She has played at numerous renowned festivals, including the “Seiji Ozawa International Academy Switzerland”, the international chamber music academy of the “Heidelberger Frühling”, the Schleswig-Holstein Festival, the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festival, the Rheingau Music Festival, the Stavelot Festival in Belgium, the Yeosu Festival in South Korea and the “ Musicales de Frutillar” in Chile, where she also taught a master course.
She completed her Master’s Degree with honors under Professor Wilfried Strehle at the Universität der Künste in Berlin in 2019. She received her Bachelor’s Degree with Professor Tabea Zimmermann at the Hochschule für Musik “Hanns Eisler” in Berlin. She has studied under Professor Nils Mönkemeyer in Munich as well as Professor Tatjana Masurenko in Leipzig. She gained further musical inspiration at international master courses and academies through acclaimed musicians as Rainer Kussmaul, Hatto Beyerle, Wolfram Christ, Thomas Riebl, Jean Sulem and Nobuko Imai.
Razavi was an academy fellow of the Deutsche Symphonie Orchester Berlin (DSO). She also studied the baroque viola and historical performance practice at the Chamber Orchestra Academy of the “Balthasar Neumann Ensemble from 2016 to 2018 under the direction of Thomas Hengelbrock, where she has since been requested for performances with the ensemble. In addition, she performs in the chamber orchestra “Le Concert Olympique” under the direction of Jan Caeyers as well as in the baroque ensemble “Il Pomo d’Oro”. Regular international concert tours with the West Eastern Divan Orchestra, conducted by Daniel Barenboim as well as substitutional work at Germany’s most notable symphony orchestras such as the NDR-Orchester Hamburg, the Deutsche Symphonie Orchester Berlin, the Münchner Philharmoniker and the HR-Sinfonieorchester Frankfurt supplement her widely diversified musical activities.
For many years she was the scholarship and grant holder of the “Stiftung Musikleben”, the “Oscar und Vera Ritter Stiftung” as well as the chamber music foundation “Villa Musica Rheinland/Pfalz”. Ms. Razavi performs on a French viola from Patrick Robin and an Alamannic baroque viola from Dorothea van der Woerd.
Besides her musical studies she has also completed a Bachelor’s Degree in “The History and Culture of the Middle East“at the Freie Universität Berlin as well as a Master’s Degree in “Religion and Culture“ at the Humboldt University in Berlin.