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Home > Christoph Koncz : Musicians > Christoph Koncz

Second Violin

Raimund Lissy
Tibor Kovác
Christoph Koncz
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George Fritthum
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Holger Groh
Adela Frasineanu

Christoph Koncz

Second Violin

Place of Birth: Konstanz
Membership in the Vienna State Opera Orchestra: 2008
Membership in the Association of the Vienna Philharmonic: 2011

Born 1987 in Konstanz into an Austrian-Hungarian family of musicians, Christoph Koncz received his first violin lesson at the age of four and entered the Vienna University of Music only two years later, studying with Eugenia Polatschek. He went on to study violin with Josef Hell, Igor Ozim and Boris Kuschnir at the Music Universities of Vienna, Salzburg and Graz as well as conducting with Mark Stringer in Vienna. Master classes with Daniel Barenboim, Daniel Harding and David Zinman further enriched his musical education.

At the age of just nine, Christoph Koncz 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. In 2008, at the age of twenty, he was appointed principal second violin of the Vienna Philharmonic, a position he has held since.

Christoph Koncz made his North American debut as a soloist aged 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 and renowned ensembles such as the Academy of St Martin in the Fields and the French period instrument ensemble Les Musiciens du Louvre. Further engagements have taken him to numerous countries across Europe and to the Middle East, Asia and Australia as well as North and South America.

Much in demand as a chamber musician, Christoph Koncz's musical partners include Leonidas Kavakos, Joshua Bell, Julian Rachlin, Vilde Frang, Renaud Capuçon, Antoine Tamestit, Kim Kashkashian, Nicholas Altstaedt, Clemens Hagen, Gautier Capuçon and Rudolf Buchbinder. He also performs frequently with his brother Stephan Koncz, a sought-after cellist and member of the Berlin Philharmonic. They are both recipients of the European Music Prize for Youth.

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