Dorothea Vogel (Viola) was born in Switzerland and studied with Rudolf Weber in Winterthur.
After winning first prize in the Swiss Youth Competition, Dorothea won scholarships to study with Paul Coletti at the Peabody Institute, USA, and with David Takeno and Micaela Comberti at the Guildhall School in London, where she graduated with the coveted Concert Recital Diploma. She was a founder member of the Amar Quartet.
Dorothea has played the baroque viola in the Kings Consort and Florilegium and has been both principal viola in the Gustav Mahler Orchestra and the World Youth Orchestra in Israel. She has appeared as a soloist with the Zurich Kammerorchester and at London’s Wigmore Hall. She teaches viola at the Royal Welsh College in Cardiff.
Since joining the Allegri Quartet in 2001, Dorothea has been busy playing concerts all over the country and abroad, teaching masterclasses and leading workshops at universities where the quartet are/have been resident (Oxford, Durham, Southampton, Middlesex, UEA, Nottingham, Goldsmiths, Bangor). She is also a member of the Primrose Piano Quartet, with whom she recorded all the Brahms piano Quartets using original pianos of the period, a recording which got several 5 star reviews.
In her time apart from the quartet she plays principal for Garsington Opera, as well as continuing as principal for the Kings Consort.
Her viola is by Ludovico Rastelli, Genoa, circa 1800.