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Christoph Koncz has served as principal second violinist of the Vienna Philharmonic since 2008. Furthermore, he is concertmaster of the Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra as well as guest concertmaster of the Camerata Salzburg and the period instrument ensemble Les Musiciens du Louvre Grenoble.
As a soloist, Christoph Koncz gave his North American debut with the Montréal Symphony Orchestra conducted by Charles Dutoit at age 12, followed by appearances on tour and in concert with the European Union Chamber Orchestra, the New European Strings Chamber Orchestra conducted by Dmitry Sitkovetsky, the Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra conducted by Gábor Tákacs-Nagy and the renowned Academy of St Martin in the Fields. His concert activities have led him to numerous countries in Europe and to the Middle East, to Asia and Australia, as well as North and South America.
An avid chamber musician, Christoph Koncz won the European Music Prize for Youth as a founding member of the Koncz Piano Trio in 2003. He performs frequently with his older brother, cellist Stephan Koncz. Further musical partners include Leonidas Kavakos, Julian Rachlin, Dmitry Sitkovetsky (violin), Kim Kashkashian (viola), Gautier Capuçon, Gary Hoffman (cello), Franco Petracchi (double bass) and Francesco Piemontesi (piano).
Born in 1987 into a musical family of Austrian-Hungarian background, Christoph Koncz received his first violin lessons at the age of four. In 1993, he was admitted to the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna, studying with Eugenia Polatschek and Josef Hell. Between 2006 and 2008, he studied with Igor Ozim at the Mozarteum University in Salzburg. Christoph Koncz has continued his studies with Boris Kuschnir at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Graz since 2011. Conducting studies with Mark Stringer and further instructions by Pavel Vernikov, Erich Höbarth, Hiro Kurosaki (violin), Ferenc Rados, Daniel Barenboim (chamber music) and Daniel Harding (conducting) complemented his musical education.
In 1997, Christoph Koncz played a leading role in the Canadian production of "The Red Violin", which won an Academy Award for Best Score. Christoph Koncz performs on a 1762 Giuseppe Gagliano violin, provided by the Vienna Philharmonic.