Birgit Kolar was born in 1970 in Waidhofen/Ybbs (Austria) where, at the age of six, she began to study the violin at the local music school.
From 1982 she studied at the Univerversity of Music in Vienna with the concertmaster of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Rainer Küchl and his assistant teacher Jela Spitkova.
She continued her studies with Wolfgang Schneiderhan in Lucerne, Robert Masters in London and Josef Luitz in Vienna.
In 1992 she was finalist and prizewinner at the International Yehudi Menuhin Competition, where she gave a concert under the baton of Lord Menuhin.
Concerts as a soloist at several festivals in Austria and abroad brought her together with conductors like Marcello Viotti, Georg Mark, etc. and orchestras like the City of London Sinfonia, the Bruckner Orchestra Linz, the Vienna Chamber Orchestra, the the Munich Radio Orchestra, etc.
She did CD-recordings of the duos for violin and piano and the string trios by Franz Schubert and the violin concerto by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy at the Musikvereinssaal Wien.
In 1999 Birgit Kolar founded together with members of the “Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks” the “Münchner Streichquartett”.
Birgit Kolar was concertmistress of the Bruckner Orchestra Linz, the Vienna Symphony Orchestra and until 2005 she has been concertmistress of the Munich Radio Orchestra.
Since than she has been playing as a guest concertmistress in several European orchestras like the Bavarian State Orchestra (Munich State Opera), the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, the Orchestre Capitol de Toulouse, the Gulbenkian Orchestra Lissabon, the Mozarteum Orchester Salzburg, the Camerata Salzburg, the Orquestra Sinfónica de Castilla y León and as a guest violinist she ist regularily invited from the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra.
Since March 2003 she has been assistant-teacher at the University for Music in Vienna.
Birgit Kolar plays a violin Sanctus Seraphin “ex Hamma”, Venedig 1742 from the “collection of rare instruments” owned by the National Bank of Austria.
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