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, Christ, Wolfram

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Hachenburg (Germany), 1955. Wolfram Christ is among the few viola players to have won a worldwide reputation in the concert world as a soloist. Numerous awards and prizes - among which he won the ARD Prize in Munich at the age of 20 - paved the way for him to the international concert platform. The young musician came to the notice of Herbert von Karajan, who in 1978 engaged him as principal viola in the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. The post was to be the central point in his life for more than twenty years, until 1999. He appears regularly on international concert platforms as the soloist in viola concertos ranging from the Baroque to the Avant-garde. With the Berlin Philharmonic alone, he has so far given more than 60 solo concerts with partners like Herbert von Karajan, Claudio Abbado, Lorin Maazel, Sir Bernard Haitink, Seiji Ozawa, Zubin Mehta and Riccardo Chailly on the podium. The conductors already mentioned as well as such artists as Sir Colin Davis, Sir Andrew Davis, Daniel Harding, Rafael Kubelik and Hugh Wolff have accompanied this solo viola player in Berlin, Bremen, London, Prague, Tokyo, and at the Lucerne Festival as well as the Salzburg Festival. From 1995 until 2000, Wolfram Christ was Artistic Director and Consultant at the Sydney Conservatory of Music. He constantly combined his teaching with practical music making, both in chamber groups and in combination with a chamber orchestra in which professional join students in making and experiencing music. From summer 2005 onwards, Wolfram Christ will be maintaining the same stimulating activity in Ferrara at the Accademia 'Gustav Mahler', where Claudio Abbado has engaged him as the new Artistic Director and successor to Thomas Brandis. Since 1999 Wolfram Christ has held a post as professor for viola at the Musikhochschule in Freiburg. In addition, since July 2004 Wolfram Christ has been the new Principal Conductor of the Kurpfalz Chamber Orchestra Mannheim.

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