Eszter Haffner was born in Budapest, Hungary in 1969. She studied for 13 years in the Gifted
Musician Class at the Budapest Liszt Ferenc Music Academy with Andras Kiss, Ferenc
Rados and György Kurtag. After the completion of her studies in Hungary, she came to the
University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna, Austria to study with Gerhard Schulz (
Alban Berg Quartet ) and Josef Sivo. She received her Diploma with unanimous distinction
and prize from the Department of Culture Vienna.
From 1987-1995 she participated in a variety of Masterclasses with Josef gingold, Lorand
fenyves, Alberto Lysy, Tibor Varga, Igor Ozim, Sandor Vegh and in 1995, she completed
postgraduate study in Holland with Viktor Liebermann and Philip Hirschhorn. Ms.Haffner
has been the recipient of scholarships from the Alban Berg, M.Sobotka, Erasmus, Janecek and
Ziehrer Foundations, as well as the PE Förderkreises (Promotion Circle ) in Mannheim,
She has also been prize winner in numerous international competitions:
Concertino Praha, Koncz Violin Competition Hungary, Jugend Musiziert, Stephanie Hohl
Vienna, International Chamber Music Competition Trapani and Caltanissetta Italy.
Because of her successful career in the arts, she received Austrian citizenship.
She has taught at countless Music Festivals such as the Menuhin Festival Blonay, Prussia
Cove, Sion, Brighton Festival, Römerberg Festival, Bates Festival, Montana Festival USA,
Wörthersee Classics, Klangbogen Wien, Neuberger Kulturtage, Mondsee, Casals Festival
France, Brahms Tage Mürzzuschlag, Styriarte Graz, Villa Musica, Cervantino Festival
Mexico, Festival Tamaulipas, Haydn Festspiele, Schubertiade, Bregenzer Festspiele, Macau
and Hong-Kong Festivals, Porto Gruaro Festival etc.
As soloist and chamber musician (violin and viola ), she has appeared with artists such as
Clemens Hagen, gerhard Schulz, Leonard Hokanson, Elisabeth Leonskaja, Alexander
Lonquich, Arto Noras, Melvyn Tan, Pamela Frank, Lars Anders Tomter, Patrick Demenga,
Christian Altenburger,Wolfgang Schulz, Marko Letonja, Nicholas Chumachenco and Stefan
Her recordings reflect her unusually extensive musical range, covering chamber and concerto
works from Haydn to Eisler. These include Piano Trios from Martinu,
Mozart, Brahms, Schubert, Kodaly with the Haffner Trio, Mozarts Sinfonia Concertante with
Bettina Gradinger, Schubert, Schumann and Eisler Sonatas on behalf of the Austrian National
As pedagogue, Ms.Haffner`s experiences include 1999-2002 assistant to Prof.Gerhard Schulz
and violin Lecturer at the University of Music in Vienna, as well as being a regular violin and
viola instructor at Neuberger Seminare, Casals Festival France, Danish Strings, Int.Sommer
Academy Semmering and Tokio, Japan and in the USA and Villa Musica Germany.
Since 2002 she has been Professor of Violin at the KUG University of Music Graz, Austria.
Ms. Haffner plays the „ ex Hamma Segelmann“ violin by Michelangelo Bergonzi ( Cremona
1750 ) from the collection of the Austrian National Bank.