Christoph-Mathias Mueller - Biographie

Christoph-Mathias Mueller

Christoph-Mathias Mueller
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Christoph-Mathias Mueller

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ECHO Klassik awarded conductor Christoph-Mathias Mueller attracted nationwide attention as long-standing General Music Director of the Göttinger Symphonie Orchester.

Christoph-Mathias Mueller, born in Peru in 1967, made his international breakthrough in 2000, when he won the conducting competition in Cadaqués, Spain. Having completed his training as a professional violinist, he went on to take a Master of Music at the University of Cincinnati where, as Conducting Fellow in Tanglewood, he worked with great names such as Seiji Ozawa, Robert Spano and Leon Fleisher. In 2001, Claudio Abbado appointed him Assistant Conductor to the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester, subsequently also engaging him as his ‘right hand’ at the Lucerne Festival Orchestra.

Among the conductor’s recent CD productions is a recording with ECHO awardee Tianwa Yang and the Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz devoted to works for violin and orchestra by Wolfgang Rihm. Mueller’s wide-ranging discography also includes a series of highly acknowledged recordings for Sony Classical, among them the album ‘Bel Canto’ with Simone Kermes and original instrument specialists Concerto Köln.

Yet he also takes the rostrum directing the Ensemble Modern, as contemporary music comprises another significant component of Christoph-Mathias Mueller’s repertoire. Among the composers who have entrusted him with the world premieres of their works are Rudolf Kelterborn, Isabel Mundry, Gérard Zinsstag and Uljas Pulkkis.

(Re)discovering the music of composers such as Ursula Mamlok, Adolf Busch and, in particular, Alexander Weprik who fell victim to different regimes, built yet another focus of his work during the last years.

As a guest conductor, Christoph-Mathias Mueller is closely associated with the famous Moscow Bolshoi Theatre, where in 2010 he triumphed at his debut conducting a new production of Johann Strauss’ Fledermaus, later returning for Rosenkavalier. In 2014, the first performance of two reconstructed opera scores by Claude Debussy attracted considerable attention in the media. Subsequently broadcast on Deutschlandradio Kultur, these performances have since been released on CD.

In addition to engagements at the Vienna Musikverein, the Cologne Philharmonie, the Konserthus Stavanger and the Suntory Hall in Tokyo, Christoph-Mathias Mueller makes regular guest appearances with internationally renowned ensembles. Among them are the Russian National Orchestra, the Czech Philharmonic, the Orchestre National de Lyon, the Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne, the Tonhalle-Orchester Zurich, the Staatskapelle Weimar, DSO Berlin, SWR-Sinfonieorchester, and the Royal Scottish Chamber Orchestra as well as the orchestras in Düsseldorf, Duisburg, Bochum, Weimar, Jena and Ludwigshafen. In the course of this work he has shared the stage with celebrated soloists such as Igor Levit, Maurice Steger, Kirill Gerstein and Frank Peter Zimmermann, to name but a few, and has developed with them long and enduring artistic friendships.