Christoph Poppen

Biography

Born: 1956; Münster, Heilsbronn, Germany  
Christoph Poppen is highly regarded as a teacher, violinist, and conductor championing music written after 1900.

He began taking violin lessons at an early age, and at 14 he won the International Kocian Competition of Czechoslovakia. He attended the Robert Schumann Institute of Düsseldorf and graduated in 1976. By then he had already won the 1975 Preis der Kulturkreises im Bundesverband der Deutschen Industrie. He continued his violin
Read more studies with Joseph Gingold, Oscar Shumsky, and Nathan Milstein. In 1977, he won the International Vaclav Huml Violin Competition in Zagreb, and in 1983, the Rudolf Lipizer Competition in Gorizia and the Carl Flesch Competition in London.

He founded the Cherubini String Quartet in 1978 and was its first violinist. The quartet won he Karl Klingler Prize in Hannover in 1979 and the first prize of the International String Quartet Competition in Evian, France in 1981.

Poppen toured in his own right and as a member of the Cherubini Quartet, visiting most of the major European concert venues, appearing with major orchestras and on several radio and television broadcasts. In 1988, he joined the faculty of the Hochschule für Musik in Detmold, Germany, as professor of violin and chamber music and quickly became well known as an violin pedagogue. In 1989, he accepted the position of artistic director of the Detmold Chamber Orchestra and began to establish a reputation as conductor. He left Detmold in 1995 to become a professor at the Hanns Eisler Academy of Music in Berlin, also serving as its president (1996 - 2000), and artistic director of the Munich Chamber Orchestra. With the orchestra, he has recorded the complete Joseph Haydn violin concertos with his former pupil Isabelle Faust on the PAN Classics label and the small orchestra music of Karl Amadeus Hartmann on ECM. In 2002, he and the Hilliard Ensemble collaborated on the album Morimur.

Poppen has guest conducted widely in Europe. Among the orchestras he has led are the Deutsche Symphonie Orchester Berlin, the Saarbrücken and Hannover radio symphony orchestras, the Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra in Finland, the Hilversum (Holland) Radio Chamber Orchestra, the Orchestra di Padova e del Veneto, and the Bamberg Symphony.

At the turn of the century, he branched into operatic leadership, conducting Mozart's Magic Flute at the Tyrolean State Theater in Innsruck, Austria, and returning there to lead Rossini's Otello. In 2001 he was named artistic director of Munich's ARD International Music Competition. Read less

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Biography

Born: 1956; Münster, Heilsbronn, Germany  
Christoph Poppen is highly regarded as a teacher, violinist, and conductor championing music written after 1900.

He began taking violin lessons at an early age, and at 14 he won the International Kocian Competition of Czechoslovakia. He attended the Robert Schumann Institute of Düsseldorf and graduated in 1976. By then he had already won the 1975 Preis der Kulturkreises im Bundesverband der Deutschen Industrie. He continued his violin
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Konzert D-dur für Trompete, 2 Oboen, Streicher und Basso continuo: I. Allegro
Konzert D-dur für Trompete, 2 Oboen, Streicher und Basso continuo: II. Largo
Konzert D-dur für Trompete, 2 Oboen, Streicher und Basso continuo: III. Allegro
I. Andante - Allegro con anima
II. Andante cantabile con alcuna licenza
III. Valse: Allegro moderato
IV. Finale: Andante maestoso - Allegro vivace
I. Andante sostenuto - Allegro vivo
II. Andante marziale, quasi moderato
III. Scherzo and Trio: Allegro molto vivace
IV. Finale: Moderato assai - Allegro vivo
II. Allegro moderato e semplice
IV. Scherzo
I. Allegro affettuoso
II. Intermezzo: Andantino grazioso
III. Allegro vivace
Prelude
I. Allegro commodo
II. Andantino con moto
III. Moderato
IV. -
V. Presto
VI. Allegro con brio
VII. -
VIII. Lento ma non troppo
IX. Presto subito
X. Tempo di valz, paisiblement
XI. Moderato
XII. Moderato
I. Allegro tranquillo (Dreams of a Winter Journey)
II. Adagio cantabile ma non tanto (Land of Desolation, Land of mists)
III. Scherzo: Allegro scherzando giocoso
IV. Finale: Andante lugubre - Allegro maestoso
I. Lamentation: Homage to Supply Belcher (1750-1836)
II. Jargon: Homage to William Billings (1746-1800)
III. The Lonesome Ones: Homage to Otto Luening (1900-1996)
I. Nicht zu schnell
II. Langsam
III. Sehr lebhaft
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