Matthias Oestringer Violinist, Violist & Music Educator
School of Music
Lecturer for Principal Studies Tertiary
Matthias Oestringer graduated from the Akademie für Tonkunst Darmstadt (Germany) with 1st Class honours in Performance, künstlerische Reifeprüfung. In addition to studying under the tutelage of Dorothee Birke, Matthias has participated in masterclasses and various chamber music classes under the instructions of Michael Hahn, Prof Rainer Hoffmann, Matthias Gräff-Schestag, Lavard Skou Larsen and Prof Valery Gradow.
In 1991, Matthias won first prize in a national youth music competition in Germany. During his studies in Darmstadt he became concertmaster of the Academies Symphony Orchestra, and was the featured soloist in the final concert of a commemorative performance series organised in Frankfurt/Main to celebrate the 250th birthday of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. Later, in 2001-2, Matthias was invited to perform as a violist with the Ensemble Carolina in Mozart’s Piano Quartets in various concerts halls across Germany.
The performances he has given across Europe since 1996 include concerts and solo recitals in Poland, France, Germany, Switzerland and Turkey. He was a regular participant in the Tage für Neue Musik, a festival for contemporary music, in Darmstadt, as performing musician and in premiering music.
In 1999, composer Gordon Kampe wrote the solo violin piece “Écharde” for Matthias, who premiered the composition at his graduation concert recital in 2000. Matthias performed often with his wife, Singaporean pianist Janet Tay. In 1996-2002, he was a violinist in the Taunus String Orchestra in Frankfurt/Main, and performed as soloist with the orchestra in 1997 in Paris. Matthias has been teaching violin and viola since 1993. After graduation and until his relocation to Singapore, he was a teacher at the Emmerich Smola Musikschule and Musik Akademie in Kaiserslautern, Germany.
After settling down in Singapore in 2002, Matthias continues to teach at Fidelio Music Studio and has been a lecturer of Principle Studies (violin) at Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA) since 2013.
Matthias continues to devote himself to teaching after settling down in Singapore in 2002. His students have been invited to play at high scorers’ concerts organized by the ABRSM (Singapore). In 2006, Matthias received the Cristofori Teacher Award for his teaching accomplishments and dedication. He has been lecturer of Principal Studies (violin) at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA) since 2013.
To this day, Matthias still actively performs as soloist, in chamber music, and as orchestra musician.