DMA Performance and Pedagogy, University of Miami
MM Performance, New England Conservatory
BM Performance, University of Tennessee
Harvey Thurmer enjoys a varied career as a soloist, concertmaster, chamber musician and pedagogue. A native of Tennessee, his studies included work with mentors Dorothy DeLay and Louis Krasner at the New England Conservatory, and Sandor Vegh at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria.
After finishing his studies in Austria, he performed extensively as a chamber musician in Europe, with appearances at the Salzburg Festival, the Cheltenham Festival in England, London’s Wigmore Hall, Zurich TonHalle, Leipzig Gewandhaus, Paris Salle Gavaeu, and Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw. As a member of the Franz Schubert Quartet of Vienna, he held teaching positions at the Graz Musickhochschule and the Royal College of Music in Manchester England. He has taught at the Lappland Festival in Sweden, the Lake District Summer Music Festival in England, and the Summer Acadamy in Graz, Austria. He has collaborated with artists such as cellist David Soyer of the Guarneri quartet, pianists Anon Nel, Sandra Rivers, Jorg Demus and Cyprien Katsaris, and clarinetists Peter Schmiedl and Alois Brandhoffer of the Vienna Philharmonic. Mr. Thurmer performed annually from 1997 -2006 as concertmaster of the Echternach Festival Chamber Orchestra in Luxemburg. As a former member of the Oxford String Quartet, he has performed in Venezuela, Austria, Seoul, South Korea and Nagasaki, Japan and in the US in New York, Ohio, Indiana, Maryland, West Virginia, and Virginia.
As a soloist Mr. Thurmer toured with the Salzburg Philharmonie in South America performing in Santiago, Chile, Lima, Peru, and Buenos Aires Argentina, as well as in Salzburg and Vienna, Austria. In this country he has appeared in recital and as soloist in Tennessee, Colorado, Indiana, Ohio, and Florida, and Washington D.C.