Prof. Rudolf Koelman

Rudolf Koelman

Soloist, Professor


Dutch violinist Rudolf Koelman is one of Jascha Heifetz's last pupils and was the first leader of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra for many years. He teaches at the Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK) and is the founder of the ZHdK Strings, a young and dynamic ensemble with 15 to 18 of the best students from concert and soloists classes.

A Frequent Guest Professor

Koelman is frequently invited as a juror and guest professor at international violin competitions and master courses. In 2010, he performed in the Concertgebouw Amsterdam with the Netherlands Symphony Orchestra and recorded live both Paganini Violin Concertos. They were released on Challenge Records and won the prestigious Edison Award.

Rudolf’s Humorous But Determined Teaching Style

Besides his teaching career he regularly performs worldwide as a soloist and has made numerous TV, radio and CD recordings - among them, a live recording of all 24 Paganini Caprices.  Koelman is a great teacher who has an eye for every detail and takes the student in a humorous but determined way through the music.