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.

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 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. He made his US conducting debut with the Memphis Symphony in March 2017. During the ongoing season Christoph Koncz will return to the Berlin Philharmonie and make his subscription debut at the Cologne Philharmonie with the prestigious German period instrument ensemble Concerto Köln.

— Season 2017/18