Ulrich Mertin is a viola player, conductor and experimental composer known for combining classical, house, folk, experimental and electronic styles. He was born in Hoyerswerda (Germany) studied Violin with Prof. Max Speermann at HfM Würzburg and Viola with Prof. Stefan Fehlandt at the “Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler” in Berlin. He received scholarships from the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, the Darmstadt International Summer Courses and the International Ensemble Modern Academy. Between 2003-2005 he was working with the Konzerthausorchester Berlin. As principal viola player, he joined the European Union Chamber Orchestra and Ensemble Resonanz, as a soloist and chamber musician he worked with renowned composers such as György Kurtag, Helmut Lanchenmann, George Benjamin, Tristan Murail, Pierre Boulez. He is playing solo recitals and premiers of works dedicated to him across Europe.
Ulrich Mertin is regularly working with world-renowned contemporary music ensembles such as Klangforum Wien, Ensemble Modern and MusikFabrik. He is giving masterclasses and workshops for musicians and composers in Europe and Turkey. Above his musical career Mertin spends a lot of time in Istanbul, where he found a perfect platform for his main goal – inter-cultural exchange projects. Ulrich is Co-Director of Hezarfen Ensemble which he founded together with american composer Michael Ellison in 2009 in Istanbul. The award-winning ensemble is invited regularly to international festivals such as MaerzMusik Festival, Ruhrtriennale, Klangzeit Festival Münster, Rotterdamer Operagdagen, IKSV Music Festival Istanbul and is dedicated to the support of the turkish contemporary music scene and its lasting integration into the international music world with growing success.
Ulrich is giving Masterclasses for Viola, Chamber Music, Composers/Contemporary Music and seminars about Stage Fright at various Universities around Turkey, such as Ankara Bilkent Univeristy, Bursa Uludag University Eskisehir Anadolu University, Izmir Yasar University, Istanbul Technical University, Kocaeli University.2015 he was invited to teach at the Impuls Academy in Graz/Austria.