Announcing the Appointment of Viola Professor Michael van der Sloot

Posted on Friday, May 26, 2017

Michael van der Sloot photo with viola

The School of Music is pleased to welcome the celebrated string pedagogue Michael van der Sloot to its professorial ranks as Associate Professor of Viola. Michael is in great demand as one of the leading viola teachers in Canada.  With 18 years teaching experience he has produced a generation of top Canadian violists.  Prior to his appointment at the University of Ottawa, he was Professor of Viola at Camosun College and Head of Strings and Artistic Director of the Collegium Young Artist Program at the Victoria Conservatory of Music. 

Michael van der Sloot graduated from the University of British Columbia where he completed his Bachelor and Masters Degrees, after which he pursued studies at the Mozarteum in Salzburg.  Soon after he became a member of the renowned Salzburg Chamber Soloists and toured Switzerland, Austria, Italy and France.

Following his performance career, Professor van der Sloot developed a passion for teaching and has dedicated almost two decades to the development of violists and violinists.  Many of his students can now be found in leading orchestras and chamber groups in North America. He has had the pleasure of being a guest artist at most of the universities in Western Canada.  In addition, he is a regular visiting guest artist at Mount Royal University and the Beijing Central Conservatory. 

“I am honoured to join the world class faculty at the University of Ottawa.” van der Sloot states.  “The music faculty at the University of Ottawa teach at a standard that is unparalleled and create a unique atmosphere that enlivens and encourages students in the pursuit of musical excellence.”

“The School of Music has won the lottery with Michael van der Sloot’s appointment” says Yehonatan Berick, Professor of Violin and Head of Strings. “Michael has cultivated one of the strongest classes in Canada, due to his vast knowledge and most capable teaching method, as well as his caring outlook on students’ needs, both pedagogical and personal. His addition to our faculty will greatly serve to further grow our institution’s reputation as one of the leading music schools in North America.”

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