“As Nicolas Koeckert’s playing reveals no technical impediments, his virtuosity has no limits. It does not impose, but acts as a matter of fact – in a casual yet generous way!“
Nicolas Koeckert was born in Munich into a well known musical family. The young violinist has played on important international stages for many years, performing a large share of the repertoire of violin concerti and important chamber works, from Baroque to contemporary, in partnership with great musical figures. Already winner of the first Prize at the Novosibirsk International Competition for Young Violinists, and recipient of the Culture Prize of Novosibirsk, Nicolas Koeckert became the first German prizewinner at the famous International Tschaikovsky Competition in Moscow in 2002.
In the same year he was recognised for his outstanding achievements as a violinist by the State of Bavaria, from whom he was awarded an artistic sponsorship. In 2003, he was a Prizewinner at the Montreal International Musical Competition.
Nicolas Koeckert has performed, amongst others, with famous conductors including Lawrence Foster, Sir Colin Davis, Michail Jurowski, Jonathan Nott, Andris Nelsons, Christoph Poppen and Saulius Sondeckis. He has played with leading orchestras such as the Bavarian Radio Symphony , the Royal Philharmonic London, the Bamerger Symphony, Montréal Symphony, the Russian National, the KBS Symphony and the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra.
He began his violin studies, age 16, at the Hochschule für Musik Würzburg with Prof. Grigori Zhislin. He then continued at the Musikhochschule Köln with Prof. Zakhar Bron, completing his studies with Distinction in 2007. On the Naxos label, he has meanwhile an award winning discography, including his recording of Russian and Slavic arrangements by Fritz Kreisler, chosen as CD of the month by „The Strad“ magazine. Other CD releases include works by Igor Frolov, the Khatchaturian Violinconcerto and the Concert Rhapsody with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra London under José Serebrier, and Pierre Rode Studies for Solo Violin and Violin Duo, performed with his father Rudolf Koeckert.
In December 2017 he played the previously lost and presumed unplayable violin concerto by Henri Marteau, exclusively for CD with the German Radio Philharmonic Saarbrücken Kaiserslautern. This recording appeared in december 2018 on the Solo Musica label.
After a number of years teaching privately and giving international masterclasses, he was for 7 years university professor in Vienna at the Vienna Private University for Music and Art. His students were awarded prizes on several occasions including at the Tchaikovsky Competition for Young Musicians and the Postacchini, Osaka, Yampolsky, Jugend and prima la musica competitions. They have also gained orchestral positions, sometimes after successful orchestra academy positions, among others with the Berlin Philharmonic, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam.
Nicolas is also teaching the viola.
He also served as guestconcertmaster abroad and in Germany for example 2019 in Bonn with the Beethoven Orchestra Bonn. Until August 2022 Nicolas served as the first concertmaster of Sinfonieorchester Wuppertal.
As soloist, concertmaster and conductor he leads ensembles and conducted for example concerts in Tokio with chamber orchestras and wellknown classical repertoire.
Nicolas Koeckert plays a Giovanni Battista Guadagnini violin made 1754 in Milan.
Updated to August 2022
LIST OF SOME IMPORTANT CONCERTS WITH ORCHESTRA
Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto with Asher Fisch in the Final of Montréal Music Competition (4th prize) May 2003,
Russian National Symphony Orchestra Tchaikovsky and Sibelius Violin Concertos with Dmitry Lyss at the Tchaikovsky Competition (5th prize) in Moskow June 2002,
Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra Sibelius Violin Concerto in Munich 4th and 5th Nov. 2004 with Sir Colin Davis,
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra London CD recording for Naxos with works by Chatchaturjan with José Serebrier 12th and 13th of May 2008,
Bamberg Symphony Orchestra Summer 2003 in Würzburg 3 times Mozart A-major Violin Concerto with Jonathan Nott and in Fürth (Nürnberg) with Lawrence Foster twice Sibelius Violin Concerto,
KBS Symphony Orchestra 1999 twice Mendelssohn Violin Concerto with Sung Kwak in Seoul,
Polnische Kammerphilharmonie 5 times Mendelssohn Violin Concerto in Summer 2004 in North Germany Rheingau Festival and Mecklenburg Vorpommern with Wojciech Rajski,
São Paulo States Symphony Orchestra 4 times Chausson`s Poème and R. Korsakovs "The golden cockerel" in March 2008 in Sala Sao Paulo with Rudolfo Fischer and Victor Hugo Toro,
Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra 3 times Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto 2004 (Nov) in Munich and Zagreb with Vjekoslav Sutej and Dec 2006 Shostakovich first Violin Concerto with Johannes Wildner,
Capella Istropolitana Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto 2005 in Tegernsee with Eberhard Schoener and February 2008 twice Mozart A-major Violin Concerto in Weiden and Bratislava,
Munich Chamber Orchestra Mozart D-major with Christoph Poppen in 2001,
Chamber Orchestra of the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra Mozart A-major Violin Concerto in 2001,
London Soloist Chamber Orchestra 2001 Mendelssohn Violin Concerto with David Josefowitz,
Litauanian Chamber Orchestra February 2001 Introduction et Rondo Capriccioso with Saulius Sondeckis in Vilnius, Kaunas and Palanga,
Georgian Chamber Orchestra Ingolstadt Mozart Violin Concerto A-major with Markus Poschner 2002 (Bavarian State Award) and Mozart D-major 2003 with Daniel Beyer,
Korean Chamber Orchestra Bach Triple Concerto in Tivoli Hall Copenhagen 2001,
Orquestra Sinfônica do Teatro Nacional Brasilia March 2008 Shostakovich first Violin Concerto with Ira Levin and September 2007 Chatchaturjan Violin Concerto,
Pusan Philharmonic Orchestra 2001 Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto with Sung Kwak,
Dortmund Philharmonic Orchestra 3 times Mozart A-major Violin Concerto in Dortmunder Konzerthaus with Parc Piollet March 2006,
Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz in Dortmund Beethoven Violin Concerto with Ari Rasilainen 2004 and Mozart A-major Violin Concerto with Theodor Guschlbauer in Bad Homburg 2005,
Novosibirsk Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra Sibelius Violin Concerto with Alexander Polischuk Violin Competition (first prize 2001),
Munich Symphony Orchestra 1999 Bach e-major Violin Concerto, 2004 in February twice Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto with Heiko Matthias Förster in Munich and 2006 Beethoven Violin Concerto in Sindelfingen,
Orchester der Landesbühnen Sachsen with Michelle Carulli Bartok`s Violin Concerto no. 2 twice Nov. 2005,
Lebanese National Symphony Orchestra 2002 Al Bustan Festival Brahms Violin Concerto with Walid Gholmieh,
Jenaer Philharmonie Berg`s Violin Concerto with Nicholas Milton,
Württembergische Philharmonie Reutlingen 2001 Mozart A-major Violin Concerto with Christian Gansch,
Rheinische Philharmonie Febr. 2006 Brahms Double Concerto with Wolf-Dieter Hauschild,
Neubrandenburger Philharmonie 3 times Lalo`s Symphonie Espagnole Jan. 2005 with Will Humburg,
Göttingen Symhony Orchestra 2002 Mozart G-major with Gerard Oskamp and Dec. 2004 Beethoven Violin Concerto with Wolfgang Dörner,
Philharmony Of The Nations Summer 2004 Brahms Violin Concerto with Justus Frantz in Wismar (Open Air),
Camerata St. Petersburg Introduction et Rondo Capriccioso and „The golden cockerel“ with Andris Nelsons 2004 in St.Petersburg (Festival Musical Olympus),
Camerata Zürich Melody Tchaikovsky and Bazzini`s „Dance of the goblins“ at Zakhar Bron Festival 2005,
St. Petersburg State Academic Capella Symphony Orchestra Liana Issakadze international Violin Competition St. Petersburg 2003 (second prize) Mozart A-Major Violin Concerto with Stefan Fraas and at the Final Sibelius Violin Concerto with Alexander Chernuchenko,
Baltic Philharmonic Orchestra Sibelius Violin Concerto 2002 with Zygmunt Rychert,
Janacek Philharmonie Ostrava 2002 Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto in Munich (Gasteig) with Saulius Sondeckis,
La Orquesta Sinfónica IPN Mexico twice Mozart D-major Violin Concerto with Alfredo Ibarra,
Nürnberg Symphony Orchestra Nov. 2007 "Meditation de Thais" and Introduction et Rondo Capriccioso in Gasteig with Roberto Paternostro,
Bergische Symphoniker Sept. 2007 twice Chatchaturjan Violin Concerto in Remscheid and Solingen with Romely Pfund,
Philharmonic Orchestra Bad Reichenhall Tchaikovsky and Mozart A, G and D-major Violin Concertos with Claus-Dieter Demmler 1999-2001,
"George Enescu" Philharmonic Orchestra Bucharest 2007 twice Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto with Koichi Inoue,
Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie Jan. 2006 5 concerts with Carlos Miguel Prieto Mozart D-major Violin Concerto and in Bad Salzuflen 2005 Mozart A-major Violin Concerto with André De Ridder,
Klassik Philharmonie Hamburg Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto 1999 and Sarasate´s Gypsy Airs and Rondo Capriccioso 2001 with Robert Stehli,
Orchestre de l´Íle Montréal Beethoven Violin Concerto 2004 with Jean-François Rivest,
Orquesta del Nuevo Mundo Mexico twice Beethoven Violin Concerto with Johannes Bruno Ullrich,
National Uzbekistan Orchestra in Tashkent Tchaikovsky, Sibelius Violin Concerto 2001 and twice Brahms Violin Concerto 2003,
Sinfonia Cultura FM Sao Paulo 2000 Waxmann Fantasy and Introduction et Rondo Capriccioso twice with Diego Pacheco,
Youth Orchestra of the Bulgarian Radio 2002 Mozart D-major Violin Concerto in Philharmonic Hall in Sofia and Introduction et Rondo Capriccioso with Paul Weigold
Last update: June 2008
SOME MUSICAL PARTNERS
Lawrence Foster, Sir Colin Davis, Michail Jurowski, Jonathan Nott, Asher Fisch, Theodor Guschlbauer, Christoph Poppen, Andris Nelsons, Gabriel Feltz, Ari Rasilainen, Saulius Sondeckis, Wojciech Rajski, John Neschling, Carlos Prieto, Emil Tabakov, Wolf-Dieter Hauschild, Marc Piollet, Justus Frantz, José Serebrier, Markus Poschner, Nicholas Milton, Ed Spanjaard, Jan Stulen, Victor Pablo Pérez, Osvaldo Ferreira, Fabio Mechetti, Benjamin Northey, Roberto Tibirica, Neil Thomson, Ira Levin, Luis Gorelik, Robert Gutter, Roberto Paternostro, Vjekoslav Sutej, Johannes Wildner, Claudio Cruz, Stefan Malzew, Luiz Fernando Malheiro, Kevin Grifith, Woicech Rodek, Ibrahim Yasici, Romeo Rimbu, Ola Rudner, Ender Sakpinar, Cesário Costa, Jean-Marc Burfin, Romeo Rimbu, Peter Tilling, Carlos Prazeres, Jamil Maluf, Armin Rosin, Claudio Cohen, Christian Gansch, Dmitry Lyss, Arnold Katz, Sung Kwak, Zbynek Müller, Gerard Oskamp, Michele Carulli, Romely Pfund, Heiko Matthias Förster, Will Humburg, Daniel Beyer, Rudolfo Fischer, Stefan Fraas, André De Ridder, Paul Weigold, Victor Hugo Toro, Helder Trefzger, Alexander Chernuchenko, David Josefowitz, Walid Gholmieh, Wolfgang Dörner, Robert Stehli, Alfredo Ibarra, Jean-François Rivest, Eberhard Schoener, Alexander Polischuk, Diego Pacheco, Koichi Inoue, Claus-Dieter Demmler, Gerhard Fackler und Zygmunt Rychert
Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, Russian National Symphony Orchestra, Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Bamberger Symphoniker, KBS Symphony Orchestra, Polnische Kammerphilharmonie, São Paulo Symphony Orchestra, Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra, Capella Istropolitana, Münchner Kammerorchester, Kammerorchester des Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, London Soloists Chamber Orchestra, Litauisches Kammerorchester, Georgisches Kammerorchester Ingolstadt, Korean Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra di Padova e del Veneto, Orquestra Do Algarve, Orquestra Sinfônica Brasileira, Orquestra Sinfônica do Teatro Nacional Brasilia, Norrköping Symphony Orchestra, Orquestra Filarmônica de Minas Gerais, Orquestra Sinfonica da USP, Orquestra Sinfônica do Paraná, Orquestra Sinfonica da Bahia, Orquestra Sinfônica de Ribeirão Preto, Pusan Philharmonic Orchestra, Norrköping Symphony Orchestra, Limburg Symphony Orchestra, Dortmunder Philharmoniker, Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz, Deutsche Radio Philharmonie Saarbrücken Kaiserslautern, Canberra Symphony Orchestra, Novosibirsk Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra, Münchner Symphoniker, Orchester der Landesbühnen Sachsen, Orquestra Sinfónica De Entre Rìos, Lebanese National Symphony Orchestra, Jenaer Philharmonie, Württembergische Philharmonie Reutlingen, Rheinische Philharmonie, Neubrandenburger Philharmonie, Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie, Neue Philharmonie Westfalen, Göttinger Symphonie Orchester, Philharmonie der Nationen, Camerata St. Petersburg, Camerata Zürich, St. Petersburg State Academic Capella Symphony Orchestra, Baltische Philharmonie, Kurpfälzisches Kammerorchester Mannheim, Anhaltische Philharmonie Dessau, Istanbul State Symphony Orchestra, Bursa State Symphony Orchestra, Eskisehir Metropolitan Municipality Symphony Orchestra, Orquestra sinfônica da Bahia, Orquestra Experimental de Repertorio, Orquesta Sinfónica de Entre Ríos, Orquestra Académica Metropolitana, Oradea State Philharmonic Orchestra, Janacek Philharmonie Ostrava, Slovakische Staatsphilharmonie, La Orquesta Sinfónica IPN Mexico, Orquestra Filarmônica do Espírito Santo, Nürnberger Symphoniker, Bergische Symphoniker, Bad Reichenhaller Philharmonie und "George Enescu" Philharmonic Orchestra
Nicolas Koeckert with Prof. Zakhar Bron
Recommendation letter from Prof. Zakhar Bron and Prof. Julius Berger
Recommendation letter from Mag. Ranko Markovich (Director of Zürcher Musikhochschule) and Liana Issakadze
Artist Promotion Prize of the Bavarian Government
Liana Issakadze International Violin Competition
International Violin Competition Montreal
Novosibirsk International Violin Competition
Recommendation from Ruggiero Ricci
Recommendation letter from Anne Sophie Mutter and Prof. Christoph Poppen
12th International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow