German violist Roland Glassl has been called the "New century's new talent (one of) the stars of the next decade," according to "The Strad" magazine headline. He first gained public recognition when he won the first prize at the 1997 Lionel Tertis International Viola Competition in England, where he was also awarded the Peter Schidlof Prize for the finalist with the most beautiful tone“. In addition to many national and international prizes, he was awarded first prize at the 1999 II. Viola Competition of the German Viola Society, top prize at the 1998 1st International Viola Competition Vienna, 2nd prize at the 1999 Primrose Viola Competition in Guelph/Canada and first prize at the 2000 Washington International Competition for strings. As result of these competitions he is giving concerts in Germany, Italy, USA, Canada and England, including his highly acclaimed recital at the Wigmore Hall in London.