Michael Pistelok, assistant principal double bass
Michael Pistelok was born in Bytom, Poland in 1962.
His musical talent was already evident at the age of six while he was still at kindergarten, and he began to learn the violin at the local state music school. Six years later he switched to double bass. He graduated with distinction in double bass from the Music Academy in Katowice, Poland.
While still studying there, he was engaged by some of Poland’s leading orchestras such as the Sinfonia Varsovia. He was also a member of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra and played as double bass leader under such renowned conductors as Claudio Abbado, Lorin Maazel, George Prêtre, Marc Minkowski, Gustavo Dudamel and Daniel Harding.
He is also a much sought-after interpreter of contemporary music in ensembles such as Kontrapunkte and “die reihe”.
Michael Pistelok has been a member of the ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra since 1987 and since 2001 has been assistant principal double bass.
Rudolf Illavsky, assistant principal
Bernhard Ziegler, assistant principal
Bernhard Ziegler was born in 1964.
He studied at the Leopold Mozart Centre for Music and Music Education at the University of Augsburg and at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna in Ludwig Streicher’s double bass class.
He is a lecturer in double bass at the Joseph Haydn Landeskonservatorium where he has established a particular teaching focus by founding a double bass class for children. He is also a founder of the double bass teachers’ collective Pädagogische Arbeitsgemeinschaft Kontrabass PAKOE. In addition, he holds lectures on the history of, teaching of and other topics relating to the instrument at double bass seminars and publishes literature on the instrument via Vienna Bass Edition.
Bernhard Ziegler was also a judge for the prima la musica competition and had the same function at the first international competition for young bass players at Bass 2010 in Berlin and Bass 2012 in Copenhagen.
Bernhard Ziegler has been a member of the ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra since 2001.
Friedmar Deller (currently on maternity leave)
Friedmar Deller was born near Frankfurt am Main in Germany in 1989.
He received his first double bass lessons aged eight. His enthusiasm for this instrument was later aroused by the Landesjugendsinfonieorchester Hessen. Soon afterwards he began training as a school-age student with Prof. Günter Klaus and later Prof. Christoph Schmidt at the Frankfurt University of Music and Performing Arts. Following on from this he began a university degree course with Prof. Christoph Schmidt in Frankfurt, graduating in 2013 with a “very good”. Since 2015 he has been studying historical bass with Prof. Denton Roberts in Graz.
Besides several master classes with the likes of Duncan McTier and Janne Saksalar, he also took lessons with Prof. Alois Posch during a year as an Erasmus student in Vienna.
Friedmar Deller was a member of the European Youth Orchestra and has been a double bassist with the ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra since 2013.
Pawel Dudys (maternity leave replacement)
Harald Jäch was born in Scheibbs, Lower Austria in 1965 and began studying double bass in 1980 at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna. In 1983 he deputized at the Stadttheater Klagenfurt for a musician on maternity leave and has been engaged by the ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra since 1984. He also plays in the ensemble xx. jahrhundert.
Albert Viñas Terris (Orchestra academy)
Arisa Yoshida (orchestra academy)
Arisa Yoshida was born in Japan.
She was only three when she received her first piano and singing lessons. At the age of six she began learning the violin and the taiko (Japanese drum). She first came into contact with the double bass at the age of 13 and has been fascinated by the instrument ever since.
In 2004 she started to study double bass with Prof. Yoshio Nagashima at Tokyo University of the Arts, finishing her master’s programme there in 2010. From 2011 to 2013 she studied with Prof. Christine Hoock at the University Mozarteum Salzburg and since 2014 she has been working on her graduation recital with Prof. Wolfgang Harrer at the Saar University of Music.
She gained experience of orchestral played from 2005 as a substitute in various Japanese orchestras including the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, the New Japan Philharmonic and the Japan Philharmonic Orchestra. From 2007 to 2010 she was an associate player in the Hyogo Performing Arts Center Orchestra (PAC) and from 2013 to 2014 she did an internship at the Saarländisches Staatstheater. Arisa Yoshika has also been playing chamber music on a scholarship from the Rhineland-Palatinate Villa Musica since 2013.
She has been part of the ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra as an academy member playing double bass since 2015.