Stephan Koncz

 

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Stephan Koncz is recognized as one of the most versatile musicians of his generation and enjoys a multi-faceted career as soloist, chamber musician, composer/arranger, conductor and member of the Berlin Philharmonic.

 

An avid chamber musician, Mr. Koncz has collaborated with Leonidas Kavakos, Lisa Batiashvili, Janine Jansen, Antoine Tamestit, Gautier Capuçon, Gerald Finley, Thomas Hampson, Rudolf Buchbinder, Emmanuel Pahud, Andreas Ottensamer among others.

 

He is a member of “The 12 Cellists of the Berlin Philharmonic”, „Philharmonix” (a unique ensemble founded by members of the Vienna and Berlin Philharmonic, looking for all kinds of musical adventures, such as Traditional Hungarian/Romanian Gypsy Music, Viennese Music, Klezmer and Latin Jazz) and also part of an exciting new string quartet project with Ray Chen, Noah Bendix-Balgley and Amihai Grosz: “Made In Berlin”.

 

In 2015 Mr. Koncz made his conducting debut at the Easter Festival of the Berlin Philharmonic in Baden-Baden conducting a chamber opera version of „Der Rosenkavalier“ with members of the Berlin Philharmonic.

 

Following his enthusiasm for arranging and composing, numerous of his arrangements have been recorded by labels such as Deutsche Grammophon and Sony Classical Music and been performed by Berliner Philharmoniker, Mariss Jansons, Andreas Ottensamer, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Leonidas Kavakos, Janine Jansen, Renaud Capuçon, Thomas Hampson, Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, Nils Mönkemeyer, and Emmanuel Pahud.

 

Born in Vienna in 1984 into an Austro-Hungarian family of musicians, Stephan Koncz started studying cello at the University for Music in Vienna with Valentin Erben (Alban Berg Quartett) at the age of 8. In 2000 he continued his studies with the principal cellist of the Vienna Philharmonic, Róbert Nagy, and additionally pursued a double-major in conducting and composition. Furthermore he has had master classes with Steven Isserlis, Daniel Barenboim, and Heinrich Schiff.

 

From 2006 until 2008 Stephan Koncz was granted a scholarship of the Orchestra Academy of the Berlin Philharmonic, studying with its principal cellist Ludwig Quandt. After being a member of the Vienna State Opera Orchestra / Vienna Philharmonic (since September 2008) he won a position in the Berlin Philharmonic where he is a member since 2010.

 

Stephan Koncz plays on a violoncello made by Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume (Paris) in 1840.