About the program
QCHAMBERSTREAM.COM – your home for top quality broadcast performances — is thrilled to present MOZART’S OWN VIOLIN – Mozart’s Violin Concertos performed on Mozart’s own Concert violin. The esteemed violinist, Christoph Koncz of the Vienna Philharmonic will perform Mozart’s Violin Concertos No. 4 and No.5 – a rare treat for music lovers around the globe to experience this violin in QChamberStream’s top quality broadcast.
This was the violin on which Mozart had played as concertmaster in the Salzburg Hofkapelle: a Baroque violin that was carefully preserved after Mozart’s death and treated almost as a holy relic. The idea of recording Mozart’s five violin concertos for the first time on the composer’s own concert violin was one that Christoph Koncz found irresistibly fascinating. . . and one QChamberStream knew needed to be broadcast to the world.
Concerto for Violin and Orchestra, No. 4 in D Major, K. 218
Concerto for Violin and Orchestra, No. 5 in A Major, K. 219
Christoph Koncz plays on Mozart’s original Salzburg concert violin, made available by the International Mozarteum Foundation Salzburg.
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Christoph Koncz, the smile of music.
Highly versatile 32-year-old musician Christoph Koncz enjoys a wide-ranging international career as a conductor, violin soloist, chamber musician and principal violinist of the Vienna Philharmonic.
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. In 2017, Christoph Koncz made his US conducting debut with the Memphis Symphony and conducted the Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich in a masterclass with David Zinman. He made his subscription debut at the Cologne Philharmonie with Concerto Köln in June 2018 and took the Orchestre Métropolitain de Montréal on tour in March 2019. During the ongoing season Christoph Koncz will make his opera debut at the Berliner Staatsoper Unter den Linden (Gluck: Orfeo ed Euridice) and appear for the first time with the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande (Tchaikovsky, Brahms) and the Hong Kong Philharmonic (Schubert, Weber, R. Strauss). He will return to the Philharmonia Orchestra London and conduct the Royal Northern Sinfonia’s New Year’s Concerts.
Christoph Koncz is in his second season as Chief Conductor of the Deutsche Kammerakademie Neuss am Rhein and will perform with the orchestra at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam (Mendelssohn, Beethoven). He has recently been appointed Principal Guest Conductor of the renowned French period instrument ensemble Les Musiciens du Louvre, with whom he has recorded the complete Mozart Violin Concertos on the composer’s own violin for the first time.
Born in 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. 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.
In addition to his violin studies, he also enrolled in the conducting class of Mark Stringer in 2005. Master classes with Daniel Barenboim and Daniel Harding further enriched his musical education. Much in demand as a chamber musician, his musical partners include Leonidas Kavakos, Joshua Bell, Vilde Frang, Renaud Capuçon, Antoine Tamestit, Kim Kashkashian, Gautier Capuçon, Andreas Ottensamer and Rudolf Buchbinder.
In 2008, at the age of twenty, Christoph Koncz was appointed principal second violin of the Vienna Philharmonic, a position he has held since. He plays the 1707 ex Brüstlein violin by Antonio Stradivari on generous loan by the National Bank of Austria.
Les Musiciens du Louvre
Founded in 1982 by Marc Minkowski, Les Musiciens du Louvre breathe new life into the Baroque, Classical and Romantic repertoires performed on period instruments.
Over the past 30 years, they drew attention with their reinterpretations of Handel, Purcell, Rameau, Haydn, Mozart, more recently, of Bach, Schubert and 19th century French composers: Berlioz, Bizet, Massenet, Offenbach…
Their recent operatic successes include Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme (Montpellier, Versailles, Pau) Orfeo ed Euridice (Salzburg, Paris, Grenoble), Hoffmann’s Tales (Baden-Baden, Bremen), La Périchole (Bordeaux), Le Nozze di Figaro (Vienna, Versailles), Don Giovanni (Versailles), Così fan tutte (Versailles), Alceste (Paris) or Der fliegende Höllander (Versailles, Grenoble, Vienna).
This 2019-2020 season, Marc Minkowski will conduct 3 operas – La Périchole (Offenbach), Ariodante (Handel) and Mitridate (Mozart) –, as well as 2 oratorios: St John’s Passion (Bach) and The Messiah (rearranged by Mozart).
After the Flying Dutchman by Dietsch / Wagner (naïve, 2013) and Bach Johannes-Passion (Erato, 2017), La Périchole by Offenbach (Bru Zane) was released in June 2019. In 2020, Pentatone will publish Great Mass in C minor by Mozart.
Les Musiciens du Louvre receive subsides from Région Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes and French Ministry of Culture (DRAC Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes), and develop various projects to share music with all audiences in the regional territory.