Christian Goosses

Christian Goosses’s career started in Freiburg: He studied modern viola here under Ulrich Koch, who has smoothed the path of many well-known viola players to the concert podium. It soon became clear to Christian Goosses that his special interest lay in so-called “historical performance practice” – the search for the original sound, the tonal implementation that composers had in mind whilst composing. Christian Goosses bustled around in the “historical music” scene, played in Nicolaus Harnoncourt’s Concentus Musicus Vienna and in Reinhard Goebel’s Musica Antiqua Cologne, and was involved with ensembles such as La Stagione Frankfurt, Concerto Köln and Cantus Cölln. Christian Goosses found like-minded musicians in Freiburg and became one of the initiators of the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra, providing important impulses for this ensemble – with which he travelled through Europe, to North and South America and to South-East Asia. Christian Goosses tirelessly seeks new knowledge on phrasing, articulation and sound, whereby it has been important for him since the start of his career to exchange experiences with role models such as Rainer Kussmaul, Emanuel Hurwitz and Rudolph Metzmacher.

Theory and practice are inseparable for Christian Goosses: what matters to him is making living music for a modern public – to whom he would like to demonstrate the charm, freshness and expression of the music of past epochs. He considers passing on his experience to young musicians an important task; in his chamber music and viola courses he offers them valuable suggestions and exchanges. Christian Goosses’s musical home is and remains chamber music, which has strongly characterised his self-image as an artist. He found both in Cologne: his current place of residence with a chamber music ensemble with which he can realise his idea of the original sound – his enterprises with the Schuppanzigh Quartet start from the cathedral city. Numerous CD and DVD recordings have been released by Deutsche Grammophon, harmonia mundi france, TDK, etc., demonstrating that Christian Goosses is a versatile artist who mediates between tradition and the present.