Händel . Paganini . Coste . Saint-Saёns .
Kreisler . Gardel . Piazzolla . Ourkouzounov


Händel . Paganini . Coste . Saint-Saёns .
Kreisler . Gardel . Piazzolla . Ourkouzounov


Händel . Paganini . Coste . Saint-Saёns .
Kreisler . Gardel . Piazzolla . Ourkouzounov

About us   


A neologism combining the Italian words "Violino" and "Chitarra", an excellent Austrian duo of two approved musicians and recognized teachers: Succeeding Helfried Fister on the violin, Daniela Hölbling and Johann Palier (guitar) now represent the Duo Violarra.

Concert tours took Fister/Palier to South Korea, England, Slovakia, Italy, Serbia, Poland, Slovenia and Germany. Recently Violarra has been on tour with the new violinist Daniela Hölbling in Austria, Italy, Slovenia, Czech Republic, Portugal and Denmark.

The new CD "SAITENSPIEL" is available at


Violarra are ...

Johann Palier - Gitarre SW

Johann Palier


Johann Palier studied classical guitar at the Graz University of Music.
Laureat of the International Guitar Contest in Volos (Greece).
Assistant Professor at the Graz University of Music. Professor of guitar at the "Johann-Joseph-Fux-Conservatory" (State Conservatory) in Graz.
A great number of his students have been award winners of national and international guitar competitions.
Big success with popular music: "Opus – Live is life", "White Stars"; gold and platinum status records.

8 CDs: solo guitar and chamber music (recorder, flute and violin).
Recordings for radio and television and concerts as a soloist and chamber musician in many European, Asian and Central American countries.
Live performance of "Concierto de Aranjuez" with Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de Guatemala on the solo CD "Johann Palier ½ old - ½ new".

Jury member in numerous national and international guitar competitions.
Head of the International Guitar Festival at Monastery Seckau, Austria, held every year at the end of July.

International Guitar Festival Belgrad
International Guitar Festival Zory, Poland
Guitar Festival Antalya, Turkey
Guitar Festival Jaworzynka, Poland
Guitar Festival Domodossola, Italy


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Daniela Hölbling


Daniela Hölbling received her musical education in Austria and USA. (Degrees: Magistra artium with distinction and Master of Arts). She held a student assistantship at the University of Music and Dramatic Arts Graz, Austria, and a graduate assistantship at Western Illinois University (IL), USA.

Daniela has played concerts all around Europe and the United States, where in the latter she served as the concert master of the Western Illiois University Symphony-Orchestra. She is a welcome guest at renowned music festivals and in various chamber music groups and a member of the symphony orchestra recreation - Großes Orchester Graz. Daniela has played concerts under famous conductors as Jordi Savall, Heinrich Schiff or Andrés Orozco-Estrada. She received important musical impulses from members of the Alban Berg Quartet, the Melos- and the Carmina-Quartet and from Stephan Schardt, concertmaster of Musica Antiqua Köln.

Daniela has been awarded a number of artistic and academic prizes: educational grant-prize for particularly gifted students of the state Carinthia, Austria; full graduate-assistant scholarship from Western Illinois University, USA;  first prize in the Concerto Competition at Western Illinois University; support-prize of the Martha-Debelli-Foundation; Certificate of Academic Recognition from Wester Illinois University a.o.

Since 2016 Daniela has been head of a violin class at the  "Johann-Joseph-Fux" State Conservatory Graz, Austria.





G. F. Händel Larghetto
G. F. Händel Allegro
G. F. Händel Adagio
G. F. Händel Allegro
N. Paganini Allegro
N. Paganini Adagio assai
N. Paganini Rondeau
N. Coste Introduction -
N. Coste Andantino
N. Coste Rondeau
C. Saint-Saëns Der Schwan
F. Kreisler Liebesfreud
F. Kreisler Liebesleid
F. Kreisler Schön Rosmarin
C. Gardel Por una Cabeza
A. Piazzolla Libertango
A.Ourkouzounov Allegro ritmico
A.Ourkouzounov Largo
A.Ourkouzounov Vivo con fuoco

 View the booklet:

 2020 Saitenspiel Booklet  small


"Violarra goes Baroque"

"Violarra goes Baroque" includes compositions by J. S. Bach, Vivaldi, Haendel, Corelli and Tartini.

J. S. Bach Präludium
"Ave Maria"
A. Vivaldi Largo aus Winter
A. Corelli La Follia op. 5/12
G. F. Händel Largo aus Xerxes


Music of contemporary Styrian composers

"Violarra – steirisch aufg´spielt ?!" is the live recording of a concert in the Florentinersaal (the concert hall of the University of Music and Dramatic Arts Graz). It exclusively contents music (some of which dedicated to Violarra) by contemporary Austrian composers. 

K. Haidmayer Romuneasca Nr. 16
F. Zebinger Variationen über den Irdninger Nacheinand
G. Präsent Finale aus der Zwillingsuite


 CD "An die Musik"

"An die Musik" (virtuoso 19th century music for violin and guitar – Schubert: Arpeggione-Sonata, Paganini, Giuliani, Sarasate, Brahms) was released by Gramola.

N. Paganini Sonata 16 - Walzer
F. Schubert An die Musik
F. Schubert Arpeggione - Sonate: Allegro moderato
J. Brahms Ungarischer Tanz
Nr. 5



 The debut CD "Violarra - Air" with compositions by J. S. Bach, Astor Piazzolla, the Csárdás of Vittorio Monti a.o. received enthusiastic reviews.

J. S. Bach Air BWV 1068
A. Piazzolla Histoire du Tango
Concert d'aujourd'hui
V. Monti Csárdás


 All CDs (à 18,- €) are available at

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"... the CD of Violarra - excellently played and recorded ... terrific"
Graham Wade, Journalist (Classical Guitar), England
"Violarra: an ensemble working on splendid level ... enthusiastic applause"
Balduin Sulzer, Kronen Zeitung, Austria
"Violarra: ... a first class concert with violin and guitar ... terrific virtuosity ..."
Abendzeitung Hamburg, Germany
"I have never heard such wonderful guitar playing"
Carlo Maria Giulini, conductor, Italy
"In this magnificent ambience the audience was mesmerized by selected string-music"
Murtaler Zeitung, Austria
"... an internationally oustanding CD-production by two masters of their instruments ..."
Kytara, music journal, Czech Republic
"... there is not one note on the CD that is unattractive ..."
Andrew Ford, Australian Broadcast


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