Biography of Musica Bella Orchestra member Uli Speth
Uli Speth, violin, a native of Germany, completed his undergraduate work at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria, and received his Master of Music from the Mannes College of Music. He was a student of Felix Galimir, from whom he received both private lessons and string quartet training. As a soloist, chamber musician and orchestra player, he has performed throughout Europe and recorded for Austrian and Italian radio.
Mr. Speth is first violinist of the Diller-Quaile String Quartet, in residence at the Diller-Quaile School of Music. The group plays concerts throughout the US, has commisioned and premiered new pieces for string quartet, performed live on Vermont Public Radio and KMFA of Austin, TX, and maintains a vital presence in the New York community by offering a series of lecture-performances and giving outreach concerts and demonstrations for children in public schools and daycare centers in the South Bronx, Harlem, and the Lower East Side. Other recent chamber music activities include performances at the Cooperstown Chamber Music Festival, collaborating with such artists as Philip Ying (Ying Quartet) and Timothy Fain (Rosetti Quartet), and concerts with the Cavaliere Quartet of Salzburg, Austria, as well as performances of chamber operas such as Black Water by John Duffy and Penal Colony by Philip Glass.
His performance during a September 11 Memorial was broadcast by NPR in 2003.
Since 1996, Mr. Speth has performed as first violinist of New York City Opera in over 35 productions, and last summer was his fourth season with the Glimmerglass Opera. During the past two seasons, he has also been active as a soloist, performing Beethoven’s Violin Concerto and Bach’s Double Concerto for Violin and Oboe with Musica Bella; he will perform Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto in Musica Bella’s 2004-2005 season. Aside from his active performing with the New York Virtuosi Chamber Ensemble, he has joined solo recitals of Paul Coletti, Lara St. John, Lars Frandsen, and Richard Savino, among others.
Mr. Speth is on faculty at the Diller-Quaile School of Music, where he founded and led the Amateur Chamber Music Program from 1998 to 2002, a program that is still active today.
He lives in Brooklyn with his wife, Deborah Hays.
Mr. Speth is the concertmaster of the Musica Bella Orchestra.
CHARTER MEMBER OF MUSICA BELLA
Musica Bella concerts: January 20, 2002; June 2, 2002; October 13, 2002; December 8, 2002; March 23, 2003; May 18, 2003; October 19, 2003; November 30, 2003; January 17, 2004; January 18, 2004; February 29, 2004; May 2, 2004; October 24, 2004; January 30, 2005; March 13, 2005