Pia Pircher, born in Vienna, is a viol player, artist and researcher on viol music. Fascinated since her early childhood by sounds and music, she developed a keen interest while growing up into the aestatically and philosophical origin and as well as the cultural background of arts, and the expressivity of music, especially in particular on the viol.
Exploring the diversity of sounds and expressions on the viol, Pia’s aim is to find a contemporary approach to the instrument and her own speech on it.
Pia studied with Vittorio Ghielmi at the University Mozarteum Salzburg, where she received the Master of Arts with distinction in 2013. Further her studies brought her to the Royal College of Music London (Richard Boothby, Reiko Ichise),where she was awarded in 2014 the Artist Diploma and the Musikhochschule Trossingen (Lorenz Duftschmid), where she completed the diploma with honors in 2011. Pia has received numerous prizes and scholarships, including the first prize of the 11th Biagio-Marini-Competition, the 5th prize at the 5th Int. Viola da gamba competition, further she was finalist of the 4th Int. Competition Prince Francesco Maria Ruspoli. Pia recieved the annual art scholarship 2013/14 by the Austrian ministry of culture, the Leverhulme Postgraduate Studentship and a PRO SCIENTIA scholarship. She participated in masterclasses with Wieland Kuijken, Paolo Pandolfo and Hille Perl.
She has performed with ensembles including Le concert des nations, English Touring Opera, Armonico Tributo Austria, Staatskapelle Dresden, with artists such as Dorothee Oberlinger, Hiro Kurosaki, Jordi Savall, Reinhard Goebel and Vittorio Ghielmi. Pia has performed in venues across Europe and the Far East including the Royal Albert Hall, Semperoper Dresden, Barockfestspiele Bad Arolsen and Salzburger Festspiele as both a chamber musician and soloist.
Most recently, Pia performed as a soloist at the London Handel Festival, Queens Gallery/Buckingham Palace, the Cobe Collection, Styriarte Festival and Trigonale Festival, with the Wiener Sängerknaben, Reinhard Goebel and Dresdner Staatskapelle, and gave lectures at the international Biannual Conference on Baroque Music, the International Festival of Viols London, for PRO SCIENTA and for the Viola da gamba society of Great Britain, and the speech for the graduation ceremony at Mozarteum 2014.