Felix Olschofka, violin
Dr. Felix Olschofka joined the faculty of the University of North Texas, College of Music, in the fall of 2010 as Associate Professor of Violin. He holds a Bachelor and Master of Music from the Academy of Music "Hanns Eisler", Berlin, a Performance Diploma from Indiana University, Bloomington, and a Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of California San Diego.
After serving as the teaching assistant to Mauricio Fuks, Dr. Olschofka was appointed Associate Instructor of Violin at Indiana University in 2002. From 2003-2010 he served on the faculty of the School of Music and Dance at San Diego State University. His professional background also includes Concertmaster of the Terre Haute Symphony Orchestra (2000-2003) and Assistant Concertmaster of the Brandenburg Philharmonic in Potsdam, Germany, for its 1998/99-season.
On a regular basis Dr. Olschofka gives master classes at institutions such as Yale University, Eastman School of Music, Temple University, New York University, Florida International University, University of California Los Angeles, Academy of Music and Theater Rostock, Germany, Society for Electro Acoustic Music in Sweden (SEAMS), Stockholm, Universidad de Sao Paulo, Brazil, Universidad de Santiago, Chile, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), Mexico, Centro Mexicano para la Música y las Artes Sonoras (CMMAS), and Orchestra Academy of the Orquesta Sinfonica de Santa Cruz, Bolivia.
In 1993 Dr. Olschofka gave his international solo debut at the Seoul Arts Center with the Seoul Symphony Orchestra where he made his first recordings with the Seoul Symphony Orchestra for Korean television and radio. Since then he has appeared as a soloist and chamber musician in multiple concerts and festivals throughout Europe, South America, Mexico, South Korea, and the United States. The violin concertos by Beethoven, Brahms, Bruch, Mozart, Tschaikowsky, and Stravinsky are amongst Dr. Olschofka’s signature works for solo violin. His performances have been recorded and released by several radio and TV broadcasting stations such as NPR (USA), KBS (South-Korea), Megavision and ATB (South America), NRPR (Rumania), Deutsche Welle, ZDF, and WDR (Germany).
As founding member of SWARMIUS Dr. Olschofka has performed extensively across the United States and Europe in the past three years in multiple performances in New York City, Los Angeles, Miami, Berlin, Hamburg, Stockholm, Ljubljana and Venice. Aside from the classical repertoire, he has premiered numerous contemporary works for solo violin along with unique combinations of instruments with violin such as saxophone and percussion.
Aside from his active performing career, Dr. Olschofka serves as an adjudicator on numerous juries of international competitions such as the Concurso Nacional de Violin "Hermilo Novelo" in Mexico, the International Queen Sophie Charlotte Violin Competition in Germany and the International Young Artists Competition in Southern California. His students won prizes at national and international competitions such as the Fischoff National Chamber Music and the Osaka International Chamber Music Competition in Japan.
Dr. Olschofka himself is a winner of numerous awards and competitions. He holds two 1st prizes in the prestigious German Youth Music Competition (Solo Instrument and Chamber Music Category), 2nd prize of the International Chamber Music Competition "Charles Hennen" in the Netherlands and a grant from the Oscar and Vera Ritter Foundation.