Mathias Schessl was born in Munich in 1967, receiving his first violin lessons from Professor Gerhard Seitz.
After changing to the viola in 1983 he received lessons from his father, Franz Schessl. From 1984 to 1990 he studied with Thomas Riebel at the Mozarteum in Salzburg and also with Kim Kashkashian. Already during this time he was a member of the Camerata Academica Salzburg under the leadership of Shandor Vegh.
In 1993 Mathias Schessl became deputy solo viola in the Tonhalle Orchester Zürich and since 1998 has been a member of the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks.
Mathias Schessl & Stephan Hoever
On our tour through Europe in November 2017, we met Mathias Schessl (viola) and Stephan Hoever (violin) to talk about friendship in the orchestra. The two musicians have known each other since 1993 and there is a lot that connects them apart from their job.
“A peek through the keyhole”
In this series of videos about our chamber music concerts, musicians grant insight into chamber music subtitles and answer spontaneously without knowing the questions beforehand.
The Munich String Quartet about Béla Bartók’s String Quartet No. 6
Anne Schoenholtz, Stephan Hoever, Mathias Schessl and Jan Mischlich about Ludwig van Beethoven’s String Quartet in F major op. 59 No. 1.