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Tobias Koch

Tobias Koch

Tobias Koch

*11 IX 1968

TOBIAS KOCH's musical credo is to trace the essence of sound with the joy of discovery and adaptability. One of the most versatile and distinguished musicians of his generation, he is fascinated by the expressive possibilities of period keyboard instruments, such as the harpsichord, clavichord, tangent piano, early fortepiano, orphica, organ, pedal piano and Romantic grand piano. He is considered in particular to be one of the foremost specialists in Romantic performance practice. He has earned widespread international acclaim and recognition, especially for his pioneering readings of the complete piano music by Robert Schumann. Koch has performed all over Europe as a soloist, chamber musician and Lieder accompanist. He appears at leading festivals, and in 2013 made his debut at the ‘Chopin and his Europe' festival in Warsaw with a recital of nineteenth-century Polish music, which was also recorded onto CD. He has gained valuable inspiration from masterclasses with David Levine, Roberto Szidon, Walter Kamper, Claire Chevallier and Jos van Immerseel. Important chamber music partners include Andreas Staier, Gottfried von der Goltz, Joshua Bell, Steven Isserlis, Markus Schäfer and Frieder Bernius. He collaborates with instrument makers and restoration specialists, as well as with collections and musical instruments museums. He is on the faculty of the Robert Schumann Hochschule Düsseldorf and academies in Verbier and Montepulciano, and he has been featured in over 200 productions for radio and television. He has made more than twenty CD recordings and has also written many works on performance practice. He plays exclusively on authentic period instruments.


 

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