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Biography of Reinhard Goebel

Reinhard Goebel

REINHARD GOEBEL, previously well-known as the founder of the world famous Early Music ensemble Musica Antiqua Köln, has now established himself as a highly-regarded conductor of "modern” orchestras.

Reinhard Goebel was born in 1952 and studied violin from the age of twelve. His teachers included Franzjosef Maier, Eduard Melkus, Marie Leonhardt and Saschko Gawriloff. With the formation of Musica Antiqua Köln in 1973, an ensemble which was given an exclusive contract with Deutsche Grammophon’s Archiv label in 1978, Reinhard Goebel became one of the most important leaders of the European Early Music scene, especially as an undisputed authority on German baroque music. His recordings with Musica Antiqua Köln set new standards for which he was inundated with international prizes and awards, including a number of Gramophone Awards, as well as the Siemens-Förderpreis, the Telemann-Preis of the city of Magdeburg and the Förder-Preis des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen. In 2007 Reinhard Goebel was honoured with the prestigious IAMA Award in London. Reinhard Goebel remains today the leading outsider in the world of Early Music, due to his permanent quest for aesthetically enriching territory, his controversial readings of standard repertoire and programmes that never conform to fashion.

Nowadays Reinhard Goebel performs as a guest conductor of "modern” orchestras including the Beethoven Orchester Bonn, Leipzig Gewandhaus, Duisburger Philharmoniker, Zürich Tonhalle, Deutsches Symphonieorchester Berlin, Dresden Philharmonic, the orchestra of the Komische Oper Berlin, the Hamburg Symphoniker, the Orchestre National d’Ile de France, Taipei Symphony, Sonderjyllands and Odense Symphony Orchestra in Denmark, the Royal Philharmonic, the Helsinki Baroque Orchestra, the Sachsische Staatskapelle Dresden, the Munich and Zürich Chamber Orchestras and all the major German radio orchestras. Since making a highly successful debut with the Melbourne Symphony in 2009, he has returned twice and he will shortly work with Sydney Symphony. Since 2009 he has been Principal Guest Conductor of the Bayerische Kammerphilharmonie, with which he is recording on the Oehms Classics label, including Mozart in Paris, awarded a Diapason d’Or. His next recording is a double CD of Mozart Violin Concertos to be released this Autumn.

He has directed opera in Hannover (the complete Monteverdi operas), Freiburg and Copenhagen (both Handel) as well as in Mannheim (Piccini’s Catone in Utica and J.C. Bach’s Amadis de Gaule), Kiel (Dido and Aeneas) and Rheinsberg (Dittersdorf’s Doktor und Apotherker). This summer he conducted a new production of J.C. Bach’s Temistoclé in Mannheim. He regards it as a special challenge to promote seventeenth and eighteenth century repertoire and is particularly keen to restore Bach and his contemporaries to the programmes of the big orchestras, from which he believes they have disappeared due to the emergence in recent years of specialist period instrument ensembles.

As before with Musica Antique Köln, Reinhard Goebel collaborates as a conductor with some world famous soloists such as Anne Sofie von Otter, Christine Schäfer, Leonidas Kavakos, Viktoria Mullova, Kim Kashkashian, and the Labèque sisters.