Christoph Koncz has already established himself as one of the outstanding musicians of his generation. 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. Master classes with Daniel Barenboim, Daniel Harding and David Zinman further enriched his musical education. 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.
His debut at the 2013 Salzburg Mozartwoche was followed by concerts at such prestigious venues as the Berlin, Cologne and Munich Philharmonie, Vienna Konzerthaus, KKL Lucerne and Royal Concertgebouw Amsterdam as well as at the Salzburg Festival. Since 2019 Christoph Koncz has been Chief Conductor of the Deutsche Kammerakademie Neuss am Rhein and has recently been appointed Principal Guest Conductor of the renowned French period instrument ensemble Les Musiciens du Louvre. Much in demand as a guest conductor, he has performed worldwide with orchestras such as the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Philharmonia Orchestra London, Orchestre Métropolitain de Montréal, Hong Kong Philharmonic, New World Symphony Orchestra Miami, Danish Chamber Orchestra, and Orchestra Ensemble Kanazawa. In the 2021/22 season he returned to the Philharmonia Orchestra London and Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra, made his debut at the Opéra National de Bordeaux as well as at the Zurich Opera House in Christian Spuck’s ballet production »Monteverdi«.
Christoph Koncz has a diverse repertoire from the Baroque to the present day. Particularly, he is noted for his interpretations of the works by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. His recording of the Complete Violin Concertos as soloist and conductor with Les Musiciens du Louvre was released by Sony Classical in 2020 and caused an international sensation for being the first recording of these famous works on the composer’s original Baroque violin.
As a violinist, Christoph Koncz has worked with conductors such as Sir Neville Marriner, Dmitry Sitkovetsky, Gábor Takács-Nagy, and Marc Minkowski since his North American debut as a twelve-year-old with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra under Charles Dutoit. An avid chamber musician, his musical partners include Leonidas Kavakos, Joshua Bell, Vilde Frang, Renaud Capuçon, Antoine Tamestit, Kim Kashkashian, Gautier Capuçon, Nicolas Altstaedt, 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 ever since.
In the 2022/23 season, Christoph Koncz will make his debut with the Vienna State Opera Orchestra conducting the Vienna State Ballet’s production »Goldberg-Variationen«.