Helfried Fister, born in Kärnten, Austria, studied at the Conservatory in Graz with Prof. Gustav Mayer. He went on to continue his studies in Cologne with professors Igor Ozim, violin, and Günther Kehr, chamber music.
From 1978 to 1989 he was assistant to Prof. Ozim at Staatliche Hochschule fur Music in Cologne. In 1989 he took a teaching job at the Kärntner Landeskonservatorium (State Conservatory) and since 1999 he has also held the position of a violin professor at the Johann Joseph Fux Conservatory in Graz.
Apart from his versatile teaching career, Helfried Fister pursues various other aspects of his musical career. He is a soloist and chamber musician; he conducts violin and chamber music masterclasses and sits on the panel of judges at many international music competitions.