Chief Conductor: Deutsche Kammerakademie Neuss am Rhein Principal Guest Conductor: Les Musiciens du Louvre
Highly versatile 32-year-old musician Christoph Koncz enjoys a wide-ranging international career as a conductor, violin soloist, chamber musician and principal violinist of the Vienna Philharmonic. At the age of just nine, he received worldwide acclaim for starring as child prodigy Kaspar Weiss in the Canadian feature film The Red Violin, which won an Academy Award for Best Original Score.
Christoph Koncz is rapidly establishing himself internationally as a conductor. His conducting debut at the 2013 Salzburg Mozartwoche was followed by concerts at such prestigious venues as the Berlin, Cologne and Munich Philharmonie, Vienna Konzerthaus and KKL Lucerne as well as at the Salzburg Festival. In 2017, Christoph Koncz made his US conducting debut with the Memphis Symphony and conducted the Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich in a masterclass with David Zinman. He made his subscription debut at the Cologne Philharmonie with Concerto Köln in June 2018 and took the Orchestre Métropolitain de Montréal on tour in March 2019. During the ongoing season Christoph Koncz will make his opera debut at the Berliner Staatsoper Unter den Linden (Gluck: Orfeo ed Euridice) and appear for the first time with the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande (Tchaikovsky, Brahms) and the Hong Kong Philharmonic (Schubert, Weber, R. Strauss). He will return to the Philharmonia Orchestra London and conduct the Royal Northern Sinfonia’s New Year’s Concerts.
Christoph Koncz is in his second season as Chief Conductor of the Deutsche Kammerakademie Neuss am Rhein and will perform with the orchestra at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam (Mendelssohn, Beethoven). He has recently been appointed Principal Guest Conductor of the renowned French period instrument ensemble Les Musiciens du Louvre, with whom he has recorded the complete Mozart Violin Concertos on the composer’s own violin for the first time. Born 1987 in Konstanz into an Austrian-Hungarian family of musicians and raised in Vienna, Christoph Koncz received his first violin lesson at the age of four and entered the Vienna University of Music only two years later. In addition to his violin studies, he also enrolled in the conducting class of Mark Stringer in 2005. Masterclasses with Daniel Barenboim and Daniel Harding further enriched his musical education. Christoph Koncz made his North American debut as a violin soloist at age twelve with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra conducted by Charles Dutoit, leading to collaborations with conductors such as Sir Neville Marriner, Dmitry Sitkovetsky, Gábor Takács-Nagy and Marc Minkowski. Much 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. His concert engagements have taken him to numerous countries across Europe and to the Middle East, Asia, Australia as well as North and South America.
In 2008, at the age of twenty, Christoph Koncz was appointed principal second violin of the Vienna Philharmonic, a position he has held since. He plays the 1707ex Brüstlein violin by Antonio Stradivari on generous loan by the National Bank of Austria.
“The Neussers love their orchestra and are already worshiping the charming young man…who elicited some beautiful phrases, filigree structures and a wonderfully silvery string tone from the Viennese classics with a very organic approach.”
(Das Orchester, May 2020)
“Christoph Koncz’s conducting can be described as “breathtaking” without exaggeration.”
(RP Online, Feb 2020)
“His extremely precise conducting could be admired right from the start of Beethoven’s overture to his only opera ‘Fidelio’: He carried the intimate opening theme all the way up to the crisp ending of the stormy victory anthem.”
“Christoph Koncz, the smile of music. The conductor’s temperament burst out in Schumann’s little symphony, which does not bear the title correctly. Koncz’s gestures are clear, enthusiastic; he supports and encourages the musicians, stimulating by example the lyricism of the Opening and the energy of the Final. […] In this piece as on stage, and probably in life, Koncz smiles at the music. […] With a lot of common sense, Koncz operates by accumulation of energy, almost placing the Second Symphony of Brahms in an extension of the First, in a great movement of “post-Beethoven symphonic liberation” culminating in a radiant finish. Christoph Koncz will return to Montreal. That’s for sure!”
(Le Devoir, Canada, March 2019)
“Rapturous applause. Christoph Koncz was a sensitive and stylistically confident conductor in both concerts. With Mozart’s Parisian symphony (KV297), the young Viennese conductor showed how transparent a Mozart symphony can sound. He had all the wind players mix their colours into the overall sound and made all the string parts audible in a distinct way. In Schubert’s 3rd Symphony in D major, he was completely in his element and his joy in conducting was transferred to the whole orchestra. Consequently, he succeeded in delivering an interpretation full of youthful freshness, liveliness and lightness, a real celebration of music. Huge applause for this captivating conducting. We can only hope to see Christoph Koncz on the podium in Jena again soon.”
(Ostthüringer Zeitung, Germany, March 2016)
“Simply brilliant. Christoph Koncz fascinates with an incredible presence, sends impulses in all directions, communicates perfectly with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, and combines virtuosity with enormous expressive potential.”
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