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Christoph Koncz

Christoph Koncz

Christoph Koncz is rapidly establishing himself internationally as a conductor, having already enjoyed success as a violin soloist, chamber musician and a principal of the Wiener Philharmoniker. 

 

In March 2019 he was appointed Chief Conductor of the Deutsche Kammerakademie Neuss am Rhein, having guest conducted the orchestra the previous summer. He also enjoys a very close relationship with the renowned French period-instrument ensemble Les Musiciens du Louvre, where Marc Minkowski recently appointed him Principal Guest Conductor.

 

This season he has already made his debut with the Philharmonia Orchestra at the Bern Casino Hall, conducted the Camerata RCO in Schubert and Rossini at the Cartagena Festival, and he returns to the Berlin Philharmonie to conduct the Sinfonie Orchester Berlin in a programme ranging from Handel to Gershwin. He will also conduct four different programmes with Deutsche Kammerakademie Neuss am Rhein including works by Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven and Johann Strauss II.

 

Last season Koncz made his Concerto Köln debut at the Cologne Philharmonie and took the Orchestre Métropolitain de Montréal on tour in Canada with Brahms Symphony No.2. He made his US debut in 2017, conducting the Memphis Symphony in Schumann and also directing them from the violin in Mozart’s Violin Concerto No.4.

 

He made his conducting debut at the 2013 Salzburg Mozartwoche, which was rapidly followed by concerts at prestigious venues including the Berlin, Cologne and Munich Philharmonies, Vienna Konzerthaus and KKL Lucerne, as well as at the Salzburg Festival. Over the last few seasons he has also enjoyed a very close relationship with the Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra.

 

As a violinist, he made his North American debut aged twelve with the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal conducted by Charles Dutoit, which led to collaborations with conductors such as Sir Neville Marriner, Dmitry Sitkovetsky and Gábor Takács-Nagy. But even earlier Koncz became famous at the age of nine, when he starred as the child prodigy Kaspar Weiss in The Red Violin, which won an Academy Award for Best Original Score.

 

In demand as a chamber musician, his musical partners include Leonidas Kavakos, Joshua Bell, Vilde Frang, Renaud Capuçon, Antoine Tamestit, Kim Kashkashian, Gautier Capuçon, Andreas Ottensamer and Rudolf Buchbinder. 

 

Born in 1987 into a family of musicians, Koncz entered the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna at the age of 6. As part of his intensive conducting studies there, he took classes with Mark Stringer as well as masterclasses with Daniel Barenboim and Daniel Harding. He has also conducted the Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich as part of David Zinman’s prestigious conducting programme. 
 

 

 

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