Philosophy
Duo Giocoso
Alexander Burggasser
Susanna Koller
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Our philosophy

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Chamber music is our most important artistic cause. Playing music together is the expression of a lifestyle and an understanding of the arts, which puts sensitivity and a shared understanding in the first place. Music connects - we experience this phenomenon also when performing with additional musicians.
Our enjoyment over individual and collective experiences spurs us and ideally will also entice our audience.
While studying we learned, that it is most rewarding and uplifting to spend time wich fellow musicians playing together. Everyday life of musicians usually consists of many hours of practising alone. Exploring a piece of music with other musicians belongs to the most interesting and delightful experiences we have made. As for us, we did not leave it there: the experiment led to a deep interest and eventually to a passion for playing and performing together.
The violin and the piano, which both belong to the most popular instruments worldwide, have been used as representatives of an educated music culture throughout history. Combined together the instruments eke eachother, thus creating intimate moments and often even the hunch of monumental spheres of sound.
Our repertoire ranges from violin sonatas of the classic period to masterpieces from the 20th/21st century.
 
 

Philosophy
Duo Giocoso
Alexander Burggasser
Susanna Koller
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"Duo Giocoso"
Alexander Burggasser, violin
Susanna Koller, piano

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Since 2001 Susanna Koller (piano) and Alexander Burggasser (violin) have been working together in the field of chamber music.
Together they studied piano chamber music at the University of Music and performing arts in Vienna with Prof. Avo Kouyoumdjian and completed their studies in 2002. The duo went on to refine their skills and technique with Prof. Jan Pospichal (principal concertmaster of the Vienna Symphonic Orchestra) a.o.
The duo's repertoire comprises music from the classical period to contemporary works, among them Ludwig van Beethoven's "Kreutzer sonata", the "Rondo brillant" by Franz Schubert and Cesar Franck's sonata in A major.
Alexander Burggasser and Susanna Koller have performed in many chamber music concerts and have been invited repeatedly to festivals like the "Gesellschaft für Musiktheater" (Vienna), the "Albecker Schlosskonzerte" (Carinthia/Austria), the Villa Wertheimstein (Vienna), the theater of Gmunden (Upper Austria) and the concert cycles of the Brahms society in Pörtschach (Carinthia/Austria).
In October 2004 the Duo Giocoso performed in Villach/Carinthia with members of the Vienna Symphonic Orchestra. The "Gesellschaft für Musiktheater" in Vienna invited the Duo Giocoso to perform music by Beethoven, Sibelius and Korngold in March 2005. After a concert tour to Africa the ensemble will be honoring the famous birthday child W.A. Mozart: Alexander Burggasser and Susanna Koller will perform the complete violin sonatas Vienna and Prague in 2006.
 
 

Philosophy
Duo Giocoso
Alexander Burggasser
Susanna Koller
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Alexander Burggasser

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Alexander Burggasser was born in Vienna in 1975. He received his first violin lessons at the age of seven, at the age of twelve he continued his studies with Franz Samohyl at the University of Music and performing Arts in Vienna.
In 1989 the then 14-year old won an award at the competition of the music conservatory in Vienna, in the same year he performed as soloist at a concert with the Akademischer Orchesterverein Vienna. In 1997 Alexander Burggasser won the Stephanie Hohl competition at the University of Music and performed at the Mozartsaal at the Vienna Konzerthaus.
The Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra contracted him in 1998, in the same year Alexander Burggasser became a member of the orchestra at the Vienna State opera. In this time he also started to join the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra at the famous Salzburg Festival.
He continued his studies in 1999 at the University of Music and performing Arts in Vienna with Jan Pospichal, he participated in master classes of Zakhar Bron a.o.
In 2000 he was promoted to be the principal violinist for the 1st violins at the orchestra of the Vienna Volksoper.
His studies of chamber music with Avo Kouyoumdjian introduced him to his duo partner Susanna Koller. Since 2001 they have been conjoined through their common passion for chamber music, which has expressed itself in numerous successful appearances. Alexander Burggasser completed his violin studies in 2003 and received his Master of Arts degree.

Solo appearances have led Alexander Burggasser to the preeminent concert halls in Austria. The violionist is a mamber of several ensembles, among them the Vienna strin concerto (concert master and artistic director), the Auris quartet and the Vienna Donauschrammeln.
His most successful partnership with the pianist Susanna Koller has led to the founding of the "Duo Giocoso". Concert trips took the violinist through all of Europe, Japan, the USA and Iran. In 2004 he took part at the Forest-Hill music festival in San Francisco, where he worked with Kent Nagano. Plans for the start of the season 2004/05 will take him to the Bamberger hall in Villach and the Brahms hall at the Vienna Musikverein.
The "Gesellschaft für Musiktheater" in Vienna invited the Duo Giocoso to perform music by Beethoven, Sibelius and Korngold in March 2005. In 2006 W.A. Mozart's violin sonatas are one of the outstanding fields of interest in the violinist's artistic work.
 
 

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Duo Giocoso
Alexander Burggasser
Susanna Koller
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Susanna Koller

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Susanna Koller was born in Vienna und grew up in the province of Carinthia, where she was accepted at the Conservatory of Music at the age of 8. The famous pianist Richard Clayderman elected her as laureate of the "Clayderman 2000" in 1981 and invited her to play a concert with him in the congress hall of the city of Villach. She achieved the "Bösendorfer"-scholarship in 1987 and won 1st prize at the Carinthian competition as well as 2nd prize at the federal competition of "Jugend musiziert" (Musical Youth). Susanna Koller represented her hometown Klagenfurt at an exchange concert with the city of Luxemburg in 1988 and gave her concert debut with Beethoven's 3rd piano concerto in the Klagenfurt concert hall in the following year.
She started her concert studies with professor Hans Kann at the University of Music and Performing Arts in 1990 and widened her artistic spectrum with studies in pedagogy (professor Harald Ossberger) and chamber music (professor Avo Kouyoumdjian). In 2002 she completed her academical education with a concert diploma in chamber music.
1996 the young pianist played a concert at a vernissage of her grandfather, the well-known carinthian painter Konrad Koller. The Chinese embassy in Vienna invited her to play concerts in Shanghai, Dalian and Peking, where she presented herself as pianist in the formation of a chamber music trio to a nationwide audience via TV and radio. Her interest in the chinese culture led to another invitation to China in 2003, where she taught a piano class as a guest professor at the University of Zhengzhou.
A focal point in Susanna Koller's repertoire is chamber music. Her interest in this field has led her to musical joint projects with Siegfried Palm (cello), Garth Knox (viola), Elena Denisova (violin), Alexeij Kornienko (conductor) and Knut Weber (cello). Together with her mentor Hans Kann she appeared regularly at the Wiener Konzerthaus and at the Jeunesse Carinthia. In October 2004 she was invited by the city of Villach to play a chamber music concert, her performance was received with ovations.
The pianist has successfully associated with violin soloist Alexander Burggasser (concertmaster of the Vienna Volksoper Orchestra) in the chamber music ensemble "Duo Giocoso", as well as with Jan Pospichal (concertmaster of the Vienna Symphonic Orchestra).
The "Gesellschaft für Musiktheater" in Vienna invited the Duo Giocoso to perform music by Beethoven, Sibelius and Korngold in March 2005. Susanna Koller and Alexander Burggasser will perform the complete violin sonatas by W.A. Mozart in Vienna and Prague in 2006.
 
 

Philosophy
Duo Giocoso
Alexander Burggasser
Susanna Koller
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What does "Duo Giocoso" mean?
A "duo" is the smallest possible ensemble size. We are two musicians.
"Giocoso" means "playful, happy, joyful".

Why did we choose the name "Duo Giocoso"?
Because we enjoy playing together very much. Despite all professionality and seriousness with which we prepare for our concerts we do have great fun playing together.

How can I contact the Duo Giocoso?
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When and where can I hear the Duo Giocoso in concert?
Get your calendar, then click here and jot down our concert dates.

I am planning a party. Could the Duo Giocoso perform there?
If the only request is to perform "Happy Birthday", we are not as pleased as we would be if our performance would be of a concert like kind.