He is a
violinist and conductor born in Freudenstadt, Germany, who studied the violin in Karlsruhe at Cologne University.
His teacher at
Cologne was Reinhard
Goebel, who was the founder of Musica Antiqua Koln, gave him the
position of concertmaster with the ensemble and followed that by taking the
same position with Les Musicians du Louvre.
In 1996 he
became a co-founder and first violinist of the Schuppanzigh
Quartet who give their performances on period instruments. The following year he debuted as a
conductor with the Handel Festival Orchestra. Since 1999 he has been a guest
violinist as well as the ensemble’s Artistic Director.
In 2000 he
ventured into the world of musical education when he took on the position
of conductor of the Baroque Orchestra of the National Academy of Music Trossingen, where he is also Professor of Baroque
Violin. He has also taught at Karlsuhe’s International Handel-Akademie and at the Orchester-Akademie
der Jungen Munchner Philharmoniker. 2013 saw him holding a series of
Marie Burger master classes.
as the concertmaster of the Concerto Koln for the
period 2005 to 2008.
In the he has recorded over 30 CDs and his performances
of sonatas by Johann Georg Pisendel
and Sonatas KV 55-60 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart have won several
international awards. He has
also recorded the world premiere of works by the violinist Wilhelm Bernhard
Molique with the L’Arpa
Festante Orchestra and Christoph
Spering which was released in January 2013.
Musica Antiqua Koln
Concerto for 2 Flutes and
Orchestra in G Major (Johann Joachim Quantz)
Archiv 447 664 (CD: Concerti ‘pour l’orchestra di Dresda’)