Reinhard Goebel

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Reinhard Goebel (2019)

Reinhard Goebel (born July 31, 1952 in Siegen ) is a German violinist and conductor and professor of historical performance practice at the Mozarteum Salzburg.


At the age of 12 he received Reinhard Goebel's first violin lessons. After graduating from high school, he first studied at the Musikhochschule in Cologne with Franzjosef Maier , who, as director of the Collegium Aureum , had familiarized himself with historical performance practice at an early age . He later studied with Saschko Gawriloff at the Folkwang School in Essen , followed by courses on the baroque violin with Marie Leonhardt and Eduard Melkus . Reinhard Goebel then studied musicology at the University of Cologne . This is where the foundation for his extensive knowledge of the repertoire was laid.

In 1973 Goebel founded his ensemble Musica Antiqua Köln , which was dedicated to baroque music . His “Cologne School” has been a household name for budding baroque violinists for many years. In 1990 he had to interrupt his career because of a left hand paralysis. He then decided to relearn his instrument on the other side of the body. In 2006, focal dystonia in his left hand forced him to give up playing the violin for good. Since then he has devoted himself to conducting orchestras, also with modern instruments, in order to familiarize them with the sound world of the 18th century.

In autumn 2010, Reinhard Goebel was appointed to succeed Nikolaus Harnoncourt as Professor of Historical Performance Practice at the Salzburg Mozarteum . In May 2018 Reinhard Goebel was appointed artistic director of the Berlin Baroque Soloists .



His ensemble Musica Antiqua Köln is known to the general public. Since it was founded in 1973, Goebel and several generations of members have immortalized numerous works from the 17th and 18th centuries on sound carriers. Very early on he received an exclusive contract with the archive production of the Deutsche Grammophon Gesellschaft . Here he played widely acclaimed interpretations of the entire orchestral and chamber music with violin by Johann Sebastian Bach and the Rosary Sonatas by Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber as well as numerous works by Georg Philipp Telemann , Johann David Heinichen , Johann Rosenmüller , Johann Pachelbel , Francesco Maria Veracini and many others. This also includes many first recordings by forgotten composers.

Goebel works with well-known soloists, choirs and orchestras and advises musicians on how to perform early music. Since the end of his violin career due to illness in the spring of 2006, he has worked successfully as a guest conductor with numerous orchestras, such as the Duisburg Philharmonic , the Bavarian Chamber Philharmonic , the Beethoven Orchestra Bonn , the Gewandhaus Orchestra Leipzig , the orchestra of the Mannheim National Theater, the Dresden Philharmonic , the German Symphony Orchestra Berlin , the Berlin Philharmonic , the Orchestra of the Komische Oper Berlin , the Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra , the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra London, the Orchestra of the Royal Opera Copenhagen and other ensembles.

Discography (selection)

With Musica Antiqua Cologne:

  • German Chamber Music Before Bach, 1981 (Polydor)
  • Johann Sebastian Bach: Brandenburg Concerts, 1985/1986 (DGG)
  • Georg Philipp Telemann: Wind Concerts 1986, (DGG)
  • Johann Sebastian Bach: Violin Sonatas BWV 1014-24, 10/1989 (DGG)
  • Georg Philipp Telemann: Water Music "Hamburger Ebb & Fluth", (1990) (DGG)
  • Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber: Rosenkranz Sonatas , 1991 (DGG)
  • Johann David Heinichen: Dresden Concerti , 1992 (DGG)
  • Francesco Maria Veracini: 5 Overtures 1994, (DGG)
  • John Dowland: Lachrimae or Seven Teares , 2001 (Vanguard Classics)
  • Marc-Antoine Charpentier: Musique sacrée , 11/2003 (DGG)
  • Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber: Harmonia artificiosa , 04/2004 (DGG)
  • Georg Philipp Telemann: "Flute Quartets", 04/2005 (DGG) with Maurice Steger
  • Bachiana: "Cantatas" by the Bach family with Magdalena Kožená , 2005 (DGG)
  • Johann Friedrich Meister: Some sonatas from the collection "Il giardino del piacere", 2004 WDR / 2010 (Label Berlin)

As a conductor of other ensembles:

  • Michael Haydn: Andromeda & Perseus , Vokalensemble Köln, RSO Saarbrücken (Oehms Classica, 2006)
  • Johann Christoph Vogel: Symphonies No. 1–3, Bayerische Kammerphilharmonie (Oehms Classics, 2009)
  • Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach: Concertos & Symphonies Berlin Baroque Soloists (Label DHM 2009)
  • Leopold Mozart: Serenade for trumpet, trombone and orchestra, New Mambach Symphony, Concerto for 2 horns and orchestra, Bavarian Chamber Philharmonic (Oehms Classics label)

Web links


  1. ^ Eleonore Büning : music pioneer. Bach medal for Reinhard Goebel . In: Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung of March 11, 2017, p. 13.