Emile Cantor was born in Apeldoorn, the Netherlands, and he started to play the viola, fascinated by its tonal beauty, at the age of 14. He went on to study at the National Conservatory of Paris as a student of Professor Serge Collot, who proved very influential to his stylistic and cultural development. Mr. Cantor was viola-soloist in the Netherland Chamber Orchestra of Amsterdam (under Szymon Goldberg and David Zinman), in the Philharmonic Orchestra of Copenhagen, and in the Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse (under Michel Plasson). He has premiered numerous works for viola and various ensembles, and his work as a teacher has gained him an international renown. Mr. Cantor gives summer courses in Germany, Spain, Belgium, Switzerland, and Sweden. He currently is a professor at the Folkwang Musikhochschule in Essen, associate professor at the Conservatori del Liceo in Barcelona, and will begin at the Music Academy of Ljubljana in 2016. He was also for many years solo-violist of the Aarhus Symphony Orchestra in Denmark and Professor at the Conservatory in Aarhus. Together with the pianist Philippe Terseleer he founded correspondances, a cycle of concerts that work to show the relationship between the different forms of art and music. Cantor is often invited to be member of juries at international music competitions, including the 2008 International ARD Competition in Munich.