The Viennese-born violist Jutta Puchhammer-Sédillot, described as a violist of exceptional quality, is in great demand on the Canadian and international music scene. A Canadian citizen since 1987, she frequently returns home to Austria and surrounding European countries to give recitals, masterclasses and chamber music performances.
She is currently full-time professor of viola and chamber music at the Université de Montréal and has just finished her mandate as head of the String Department (2000-2010). She teaches as well at the Orford Music Academy, is on the Viola Faculty of the North American Viola Institute (NAVI) directed by Heidi Castleman, the Perlman Music Programm (PMP) the new TTT (teach to teach teach) Project in Chile in April 2011 and February 2012. In 2011, Jutta masterclasses have taken her to the major Canadian cities, to New York, to the Juilliard School and Mannes College of Music, to Bogota in Columbia, Villaricca in Chile and Germany.
Ms. Puchhammer-Sédillot graduated from the Wiener Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst under Siegfried Führlinger with honors and holds a Master’s Degree from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York under Heidi Castleman. She has performed with renowned artists such as Janos Starker and Lorand Fenyves, and has been invited to be a guest artist among others, with the Bogota Symphony in Columbia, the Orchestre Métropolitain, the Orchestre symphonique de Laval, the Kayaleh Academy orchestra in Switzerland and the Orchestre de l’Univeristé de Montréal (OUM), the Fine Arts Quartet, Musica Camerata and the Alcan String Quartet. Co-founder of the Trio Kegelstatt, the Quatuor Claudel and the Trio à cordes de Montréal, she now is principal violist of the Orchestre symphonique de Laval (OSL). In Europe, she was a member of the Wiener Nonett touring throughout Europe and Japan and the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra. A new viola concerto will be composed for her and the OSL by Tim Brady for the 2012-2013 season.
Her recitals often recorded for radio broadcasts underline her interest for unknown post-romantic works and new sonatas written for her. Her solo CDs, entitled Alto Romantic Fantasies (Eclectra ECCD-2060) and German Romantic Works (Fidelio FIDC 018) have both been acclaimed in Fanfare Magazine with praise: “Here the viola shines with as much fire as a passionate violin, cries with as much desperation as a cello, entices, seduces, and convinces the listener that no string instrument could be more versatile or beautiful.”
Her latest discovery recitals featured Russian Jewels with works by S.Vassilenko, V. Gaigerova and S. Prokofiev. Her future recitals will be centered around “pièces de concours” French show pieces composed around the beginning of the 20th century by George Huê, Henri Büsser and many others.
She is the president of the Canadian Viola Society and has hosted the 34th International Viola Congress 2006 in Montreal and has led the first Canadian Viola Festival East to West at the Université de Montréal in October 2009. Her active participation at the International Viola congresses as a performer, teacher and lecturer around the world have earned her the coveted Maurice Riley Award given by the International Viola Society for international achievement.
She plays on a Geoffrey Ovington viola made in 1989.