Johannes Meissl is professor for chamber music and head of the Joseph Haydn Department of Chamber Music, Early Music and Contemporary Music and president of the Senate at Vienna’s University of Music and Performing Arts – mdw. Artistic director of isa (International Summer Academy of the mdw), he also gives master classes at numerous renowned schools and summer academies such as CNSM Paris, Guildhall School and Royal College London, Tokyo Geidai, Yale University and Casals Festival Prades, to name a few. He currently also is guest professor at the Shanghai Conservatory. Born in Austria, J. Meissl studied at A. Bruckner-Conservatory Linz (violin and composition) and at the Academy of Music in Vienna with W. Schneiderhan and G. Hetzel and got strong artistic impulses by Hatto Beyerle. He graduated with distinction and special award. In 1982 he joined the Artis Quartet. As a member of this ensemble he took the opportunity for further studies with the LaSalle Quartet in the USA. After several prizes at international competitions the quartet became a regular at the world’s most important music centres and festivals from New York to Tokyo. Numerous prizes for more than 35 recordings (such as Grand Prix du Disque, Diapason d’Or, Deutscher Schallplattenpreis Echo etc.), and the “Artis series” at the Gesellschaft d. Musikfreunde in Vienna, now running its 29th season, also prove the international position of the quartet. Beside the quartet work J. Meissl appears in recitals and as a soloist as well as at numerous chamber music festivals. J. Meissl is co-initiator of numerous international projects in the field of chamber music and shares with Hatto Beyerle the function of artistic director of ECMA (European Chamber Music Academy). He recently also garnered success as conductor and is working regularly with orchestras in Japan, Romania, Lithuania, Austria and Finland.