Julia Rebekka Adler (Mai), the best-placed German competitor at the 2004 ARD Music Competition in the category viola, started viola lessons at the age of six with Ute-Christine Elfert (Freiburg), and was soon to win several First Prizes ('1.Bundespreis') in Germany´s 'Jugend musiziert' competition. She continued studying with Kim Kashkashian and Johannes Lüthy in Freiburg (1994-2000), and with Hartmut Rohde at the Berlin University of the Arts (2001-2007). She received additional impulses by Yuri Bashmet in Siena (2003/2004). In 2002, she won the Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy Competition for viola and the Ulrich Koch Prize at the Marschner Competition. In 2001 she was awarded both special prizes at the Gerhard Taschner Competition, and won 2nd prize with the 'Kuss Quartett' at the International String Quartet Competition in Banff. 2004 and 2005 she was awarded scholarships by the German Music Competition.
She has been co-principal violist with the Munich Philharmonics, is a member of the 'Berliner Solistenoktett', and professor for viola at the University of Arts in Berlin since 2016.
She also plays the viola d'amore, and has studied Baroque historical performance practice with Reinhard Goebel.
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