Christoph Poppen


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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  • 1.
    Bach: Complete Orchestral Works / Helmuth Rilling
    Label: Hänssler Classic   Catalog: 98009 Release Date: 04/30/2013   Number of Discs: 11
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Carol Wincenc,  Christoph Poppen,  Isabelle Faust,  Robert Levin  ... 
    Conductor:  Helmuth Rilling
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oregon Bach Festival Orchestra,  Oregon Bach Festival Chamber Orchestra,  Stuttgart Bach Collegium
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    Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau - Voice Of The Century [23 CDs & 2 DVDs]
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001792900 Release Date: 01/15/2013   Number of Discs: 25
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Robert Schumann,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Franz Liszt  ... 
    Performer:  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau,  Daniel Barenboim,  Jörg Demus,  Gerald Moore  ... 
    Conductor:  Rafael Kubelik,  Karl Böhm,  Lorin Maazel,  Karl Richter  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    Reimann: Song Cycles After Schubert, Et Al / Banse, Et Al
    Label: Tudor Records   Catalog: 7063 Release Date: 05/29/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Aribert Reimann,  Robert Schumann,  Johannes Brahms,  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Juliane Banse,  Christoph Poppen,  Christoph Richter,  Hariolf Schlichtig  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cherubini String Quartet
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    Romantische Leseabende
    Label: Hänssler Classic   Catalog: 98247 Release Date: 03/30/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Giacomo Puccini,  Robert Schumann,  George Frideric Handel  ... 
    Performer:  Yevgeny Koroliov,  Dirk Altmann,  Florian Henschel,  Ivan Moravec  ... 
    Conductor:  Patrick Strub,  Iona Brown,  Sir Neville Marriner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Arcata Chamber Orchestra,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Verdi Quartet
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  • 5.
    The Most Relaxing Chamber Album In The World...ever!
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 33603 Release Date: 10/04/2005   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Johannes Brahms  ... 
    Performer:  Michael Collins,  Christopher Van Kampen,  Ian Brown,  Bruno Schneider  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nash Ensemble,  Cherubini String Quartet,  Eroica Trio  ... 
    CD: $18.99
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  • 6.
    Morimur - Bach / Christoph Poppen, Hilliard Ensemble
    Label: Ecm   Catalog: 461895 Release Date: 09/25/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Gordon Jones,  John Potter,  David James,  Monika Mauch  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hilliard Ensemble
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  • 7.
    Edition Bachakademie Vol 138 - Reconstructed Violin Concertos
    Label: Hänssler Classic   Catalog: 92138 Release Date: 07/25/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Muriel Cantoreggi,  Christoph Poppen,  Isabelle Faust
    Conductor:  Helmuth Rilling
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Bach Collegium
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    Edition Bachakademie Vol 131 - Restored Oboe Concerti
    Label: Hänssler Classic   Catalog: 92131 Release Date: 06/27/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Christoph Poppen,  Ingo Goritzki
    Conductor:  Helmuth Rilling
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Bach Collegium
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    Edition Bachakademie Vol 125 - Violin Concertos Bwv 1041-1043
    Label: Hänssler Classic   Catalog: 92125 Release Date: 02/29/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Isabelle Faust,  Christoph Poppen
    Conductor:  Helmuth Rilling
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Bach Collegium
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    Penderecki Gala / Penderecki, Rampal, Et Al
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 66284 Release Date: 04/18/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Krzysztof Penderecki
    Performer:  Jean-Pierre Rampal,  Vladimir Viardo,  Grigori Zhislin,  Christoph Poppen  ... 
    Conductor:  Krzysztof Penderecki,  Henryk Wojnarowski
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sinfonia Varsovia,  Warsaw Philharmonic Chorus
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