As a chamber musician Roland Glassl has collaborated with many leading artists, including Julia Fischer, Michael Sanderling, Miriam Fried, Walter Nothas, Atar Arad, Leon Fleischer, Michael Tree, Shigeo Neriki, Hariolf Schlichtig, the Henschel, Manfred, Danel and the Avalon String Quartet. He has also participated in leading festivals, including the Ravinia Festival, Chicago, Chamber Music International, Dallas, the Open Chamber Music Festival of the International Musicians Seminar (IMS) in Prussia Cove, England and the Caramoor International Music Festival, New York.
Roland Glassl was born in Germany, into a luthier's family with a tradition of many generations of violin making. His father made his viola and was also his first violin teacher. Later, Mr. Glassl continued his studies at the “Musikhochschule München” with Ana Chumachenco. Drawn to the deep, warm sound of the viola and its broad but unfamiliar repertoire, he decided to devote himself to this instrument and its music. After he received the artist diploma with distinction, he came to the United States to study viola with Atar Arad at Indiana University.
Since September 1999, Roland Glassl is violist in the “Mandelring Quartet”, which is based in Neustadt a.d.Weinstraße in Germany. In addition to his busy quartet schedule, Roland Glassl is also active as a Soloist in many recitals and as a teacher. Since 2004, he is professor for viola at the at the “Musikhochschule Frankfurt” as successor of Tabea Zimmermann.