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    Goebel, Reinhard (31st July 1952-Present)

    He is a violinist and conductor born in Siegen, Westfalen, Germany who entered the Cologne Conservatory after he left school and studied the violin.  He took further violin studies at the Folkwangschule in Essen as well as being a student for several years at Cologne University where he concentrated on musicology.


    When he was in his very early twenties he brought together several of his co-students from the University and using his vast knowledge of early music he formed the ensemble Musica Antiqua Koln in 1973 where he was a violinist and their director.


    The ensemble concentrated on the performance of Baroque music with a historical and imaginative performance style using period instruments.  Going from strength to strength they brought their style to an international audience in London when they performed at the English Bach Festival in 1979.  This led to many more international appearances and countless award winning recordings where they performed music by German composers of the 17th and 18th centuries such as members of the Bach family prior to Johann Sebastian, Johann David Heinichen, Jan Dismas Zelenka and Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber among others who until that time had been much lesser known.


    After more than 30 years of performing with the ensemble he was struck down by a disorder that paralysed his right hand in the mid 2000s.  This was catastrophic for his career as a violin soloist even though he did continue to play with the bow in his left hand for some ensemble performances.  He announced his retirement as a violinist but was, however, unfortunately able to complete the farewell tour in the United States due to the problem.


    Although unable to perform as a violinist now he has kept himself very involved in music and since 2008 has led many acclaimed national and international orchestras as their guest conductor.  He has also worked in collaboration with many soloists such as Jan Vogler, Christine Schater and Anne Sofie von Otter.


    In the field of musical education he is a Professor of Baroque Violin at Salzburg’s Mozarteum University.


    Musica Antiqua Koln recordings
    Hexichordum Appolinis (Arias & Variations) (Johann Pachelbel)
    Archiv 427 118-2 (CD: Buxtehude/Pachelbel Kammermusik, Chamber Music)


    Concerto for 2 Flutes and Orchestra in G Major  (Johann Joachim Quantz)
    Archiv 447 664 (CD: Concerti ‘pour l’orchestra di Dresda)



    1. http://www.moz.ac.at/people.php?p=56608&l=en
    2. http://www.bach-cantatas.com/Bio/Goebel-Reinhard.htm
    3. http://www.allmusic.com/artist/reinhard-goebel-mn0000188879
    4. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reinhard_Goebel
    5. http://www.bach-cantatas.com/Bio/Musica-Antiqua-Koln.htm
    6. http://www.allmusic.com/artist/reinhard-goebel-mn0000188879/credits












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