Mathis Rochat was born in Geneva in 1994 and grew up in France before moving to Cologne (Germany) in 2006. He began his musical studies in the „Accademia d’Archi“ on the violin and switched over to the viola at the age of 13, taught by Prof. Bernhard Oll. In 2010 Mathis Rochat entered the studio of Prof. Antoine Tamestit at the Cologne University of Music and studied there as a “young student“ until 2013. He is currently studying with Prof. Tatjana Masurenko at the University of Music and Theatre »Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy« Leipzig and attended many masterclasses e.g „IMS Prussia Cove“, „Kronberg Academy masterclasses“ and „Blonay masterclasses“ with renamed professors such as Tabea Zimmermann, Nobuko Imai, Hartmuth Rode, Thomas Riebl, Lars Anders Tomter, the Auryn and Vogler String Quartets and the Ensemble Modern Frankfurt. During his time as solo violist of the German national youth orchestra, Mathis Rochat worked with conductors such as Sir Simon Rattle, Markus Stenz, Sebastian Weigle and Michael Sanderling. As a chamber musician he enjoyed playing with artists such as Alasdair Beatson, Thomas Reif, Francois-Xavier Poizat, Brian O'Kane at Xiamen international music festival (China), "Musique à Marsac" (France). As a soloist Mathis Rochat appeared at the "Mecklenburg Vorpommern Festspiele 2015" playing the Walton Viola concerto with the "Norddeutsche-Philharmonie Rostock" under Wojciech Rajski . Between 2007 and 2010 Mathis Rochat was awarded numerous times in solo and chamber music ategories of the German national youth music competition “Jugend Musiziert“ and was Prize winner of the “Maria Pajmanns-Kania Preis 2008“. He is laureate of two international competitions; the “Cecil Aronowitz international competition Birmingham 2014“ and the “ 53th Beethoven international competition 2015“.