Tobias Koch

One of the most versatile musicians of his generation, fascinated by the expressive possibilities of historical instruments. He has performed across Europe as a soloist, chamber musician and accompanist in song repertoire. He has appeared as a guest artist in many major music festivals, including the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival, Verbier Festival, Rheingau Musik Festival, Beethovenfest Bonn Festival, Mendelsson-Tage at the Gewandhaus in Leipzig and Schumann festivals in Düsseldorf and Leipzig. In 2013, he made his debut at ‘Chopin and his Europe’, performing nineteenth-century Polish music. Shortly afterwards, the Fryderyk Chopin Institute released his CD Farewell to the Homeland, and since that time he has been a guest at every edition of the Warsaw festival. He has also been invited to take part in special events, including a Chopin Birthday Concert broadcast from Żelazowa Wola, Polish Independence Day and several performances at the Teatr Wielki – Polish National Opera. As a chamber musician, he frequently performs with Andreas Staier, Gottfried von der Goltz, Lena Neudauer, Joshua Bell, Steven Isserlis, Dorothea Mields, Markus Schäfer and Frieder Bernius, as well as Collegium 1704 and Concerto Köln. He also works with historical instrument makers and restorers and with prominent museums. He teaches at the Robert Schumann Hochschule in Düsseldorf and at academies in Verbier and Montepulciano. He has taken part in more than 200 radio and television productions and has more than 25 CDs to his name, featuring music by Mozart, Schubert, Mendelssohn, Burgmüller, Chopin, Liszt, Hiller, Wagner and Brahms. He has written widely on issues relating to his musical interests. He performs solely on authentic historical instruments. He has been invited to sit on the jury of the 1st International Chopin Competition on Period Instruments, organised by the Fryderyk Chopin Institute (2 to 14 September 2018).