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Mozart's own violin

Christoph Koncz brings Mozart's violin back to life: together with Les Musiciens du Louvre, the esteemed violinist plays the violin concerti No. 4 + No. 5.

  • Christoph Koncz plays Mozart's original concert violin | Copyright: © Andreas Hechenberger

    Christoph Koncz plays Mozart's original concert violin © Andreas Hechenberger

  • The main parts of Mozart’s violin are all in their original condition | Copyright: © Andreas Hechenberger

    The main parts of Mozart’s violin are all in their original condition © Andreas Hechenberger

  • The first full-sized violin to be owned by Mozart | Copyright: © Andreas Hechenberger

    The first full-sized violin to be owned by Mozart © Andreas Hechenberger

The esteemed violinist, Christoph Koncz plays on Mozart’s original Salzburg concert violin, made available by the International Mozarteum Foundation Salzburg. This was the violin on which Mozart had played as concertmaster in the Salzburg Hofkapelle.

“I feel like I’m having a conversation with Mozart over a space of over 250 years,” says Koncz. He plays Mozart’s violin concertos on the very instrument on which the musical wunderkind composed them between 1773 and 1775 and almost certainly performed them. “It’s a museum instrument, but we musicians believe an instrument only has one purpose: to be played. I have been allowed to bring it alive again. I draw huge inspiration from the fact that the sound I produce on the violin is probably very similar to something that Mozart heard in his own ear. And now we are able to spread that sound around the globe – it is the closest we will ever get to Mozart himself.”

Christoph Koncz enjoys a wide-ranging career as a conductor, violin soloist, chamber musician and principal violinist of the Wiener Philharmoniker. Christoph Koncz received his first violin lesson at the age of four and entered the Vienna University of Music only two years later. At the age of nine, he received worldwide acclaim for starring as child prodigy Kaspar Weiss in the Canadian feature film ‘The Red Violin’, which won an Academy Award for Best Original Score. He has been appointed Principal Guest Conductor of the period instrument ensemble Les Musiciens du Louvre.

Recording location Mozarteum Salzburg
Recording date 9 October 2020
Production year 2020
Production Company Bernhard Fleischer Moving Images
Co-Production Company Dorn Music
Co-Production Company Unitel
Assoc. Prod. Company Stiftung Mozarteum Salzburg
Producer Bernhard Fleischer
Duration 57 min.
Video format HD
Director Hans Hadulla
Distribution TV C Major Entertainment for Unitel
Orchestra / Band Les Musiciens du Louvre
Conductor Christoph Koncz
Soloist Christoph Koncz
Composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Musical style classical
Genre concert

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