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
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.
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.
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
Hexichordum Appolinis (Arias &
Archiv 427 118-2 (CD: Buxtehude/Pachelbel Kammermusik,
Concerto for 2 Flutes and
Orchestra in G Major (Johann Joachim Quantz)
Archiv 447 664 (CD: Concerti ‘pour l’orchestra di Dresda’)