Christoph Koncz

Pure genius […] Christoph Koncz fascinates us with his incredible presence, sending impulses in all directions, communicating perfectly with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields and combining virtuosity with tremendous expression.


Austrian-Hungarian violinist Christoph Koncz enjoys a wide-ranging international career as a soloist, conductor, chamber musician and principal 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.

During the current season, Christoph Koncz will appear twice as a soloist at the Berlin Philharmonie and will perform Ernest Chausson's Počme and Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto. He will also present Beethoven's Triple Concerto and Mozart's Violin Concerto No. 4 in the US as well as the Mendelssohn Concerto in several European countries. Further highlights of his season include concerts as leader of the Koncz Quartet at Schloss Esterházy and the Vienna State Opera as well as recitals in Japan and at the Vienna Musikverein.

Christoph Koncz is also rapidly establishing himself internationally as a conductor. In May 2014, he took the Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra on tour of Germany, Austria and Switzerland with 14 performances at such prestigious venues as the Berlin, Cologne and Munich Philharmonie, Vienna Konzerthaus and KKL Lucerne. He conducted works by Mozart at the 2014 Salzburg Festival. During the ongoing season Christoph Koncz will return to the Berlin Philharmonie and make his US conducting debut with the Memphis Symphony. He will also continue his successful collaboration with the Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra by conducting an all-Beethoven program.

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 and Daniel Harding further enriched his musical education. In 2008, at the age of twenty, Christoph Koncz was appointed principal second violin of the Vienna Philharmonic.

He 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 ensembles such as Les Musiciens du Louvre and the renowned Academy of St Martin in the Fields. 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, Vilde Frang, Renaud Capuçon, Antoine Tamestit, Kim Kashkashian, 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.

Christoph Koncz plays a 1762 Giuseppe Gagliano violin courtesy of the Vienna Philharmonic.

— Season 2016/17