Festival Artists

Deborah Spiegel

Artistic director / Violin

Swiss-born violinist Deborah Spiegel is an internationally recognized artist who excelled in several music competitions, winning first prizes with honor at the International Music Competition in Stresa, Italy;and at the Swiss Youth Competition. She performed as a soloist accompanied by the City Orchestra Winterthur under the baton of Ruediger Bohn, and with the Zurich Chamber Orchestra under the direction of Edmond de Stoutz. Apart from numerous solo engagements, Deborah Spiegel has been a regular participant at the International Goppisberg Music Festival ,Switzerland, where she served as both concertmaster and musical instructor. In 2008 she was appointed artistic director, a position she holds to this very day.

She studied with Sylvia Ahramjian at the Tempel Univerity Preperatory Division in Philadelphia, is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music where she studied with Lynn Blakeslee and completed her Master`s Degree at the Manhattan School of Music, where she studied with Mr. Neil Weintrob and Isaac Malkin. Deborah also studied with Pinchas Zukerman and with Glenn Dicterow. Ms.Spiegel attributes her greatest musical inspiration to her Hungarian-born grandmother Katharina Hardy, who taught her from the beginning until her arrival in the United States.

2006 until 2019 Ms.Spiegel has held the position of principal of the second violin at the Badische Philharmonic Orchestra in Pforzheim, Germany. In 2015 Deborah Spiegel and the pianist Elena Lüthi recorded a CD of the “Odessa Trio“ composed by Ofer Ben Amots. Deborah is a substitute at the Baden Baden Philharmonie,Stuttgarter Philharmoniker and other orchestras. She gives solo and chamber music recitals with Elena Lüthi in various countries and teaches at the Music school in Neuenbürg, Germany.