Austrian cellist Matthias Gredler was born in Munich, Germany in 1975 as the son of a family of musicians. He received his first cello lessons from his father Edgar Gredler, who was a solo cellist with the Munich Radio Orchestra. Matthias went on to study under Heinrich Schiff in Salzburg and Vienna from 1990 to 1998. He continued his musical education under Martin Hornstein in Vienna and Miklós Perényi in Budapest from 1998 to 2000.
From 1997 to 2000, Matthias majored in chamber music (string quartet, duo piano/cello) under the Altenberg Trio at the Vienna Conservatory and under Rainer Schmidt at Mozarteum Salzburg.
He received further valuable input in master classes under such accomplished artists as Arto Noras, Peter Matzka, Claus Christian Schuster, Hatto Bayerle, Norbert Brainin, Sigmund Nissl, Martin Lovett and Valentin Berlinsky.
Matthias developed an interest in chamber music at a very early age. In 1986, he founded a piano trio with his sister Manuela Gredler and the pianist Jakob Fichert. The trio was in existence until 1998. As a child and an adolescent, Matthias was awarded numerous prizes and played regular concerts both in Germany and abroad. Through numerous appearances at renowned festivals Matthias Gredler made a name for himself both as a soloist and as a chamber musician.
From 1997 to 2001, he served as the cellist for the Viatores Quartet, of which he was a founding member. In addition, Matthias held the position of solo cellist with the Munich Chamber Orchestra from 1999 to 2001.
2001 - 2018, Matthias Gredler joined the Vienna Piano Trio as its cellist. He toured extensively with this trio, playing in renowned venues and at major festivals all over the world for almost two decades.
As part of his work as an artist and a teacher, Matthias regularly holds master classes in Europe, Great Britian, the USA, Canada and South America, for example at the Toronto Summer Music Festival or the Internationale Kammermusikakademie Hohenstaufen.
Matthias Gredler has a particular interest in contemporary music. Over the last years, the Vienna Piano Trio world-premiered pieces by composers such as Friedrich Cerha, Johannes Maria Staud, Paul Engel, Harrison Birthwisthle, György Kurtag, Michael Gredler, Thomas Larcher and others, with some of these works written specifically for the trio‘s own concert cycle at Vienna Konzerthaus.
The trio has received numerous awards for their recordings, for example two Echo Klassik prizes – in 2010 for their interpretation of Joseph Haydn‘s trios and in 2017 for their recording of Johannes Brahms‘ trios.
Starting in October 2019, Matthias Gredler is teaching Cello at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Munich, and at the Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst in Vienna.
Matthias Gredler plays a cello by J.B. Guadagnini from the year 1752.