Mathis Rochat

Musician

Mathis Rochat, Franco-Swiss viola player, was born in 1994 in Geneva.

He started playing violin when he was 7 at the Accademia d’Archi. As a resident in Cologne since 2006, he discovered his passion for viola playing chamber music. At the age of 15, he was admitted to the Cologne University of Music and studied with Antoine Tamestit. He is now attending the Leipzig University of Music under the supervision of Tatjana Masurenko. He participated to master classes like the Kronberg Masterclasses, IMS Prussia Cove or LLM Blonay. He received precious suggestions by Tabea Zimmermann, Nobuko Imai, Lars Anders Tomter, Thomas Riebl, Garth Knox, the Modern Frankfort Ensemble and the Auryn quartet.

From 2011 to 2013, Mathis Rochat has worked as a soloist viola player with the National Youth Orchestra of Germany. They performed in the major European halls, but also in South America and China under the direction of Sir Simon Rattle, Michael Sanderling, Markus Stenz and Sebastian Weigle. Awarded with several prizes at the Jugend musiziert German National Contest between 2007 and 2010, he also gained the 3rd prize at the Maria Pajmanns Kania Contest in 2008. He was a laureate of the Cecil Aronowitz International Contest in 2014 and the 53rd Beethoven International Competition in 2015. Rochat was invited to participate to several concerts and festivals like the Xiamen chamber music festival in China, the Stavanger IMF in Norway, the Music Festival in Marsac, the Mecklenburg Vorpommern Festspiele in Germany where he performed during the Walton concert as a solo artist, accompanied by the Norddeutsche Philharmonie. In 2016, he was selected by Gidon Kremer to participate to the Kronberg Academy Chamber Music Connects the World in which he performed with Antje Weithaas, Christian Tetzlaff and Gidon Kremer.