Christian Giger  Violoncello
 

Christian Giger was born in St.Gallen, Switzerland, where his cello teacher was Susanne Basler at the conservatory in Winterthur. He later studied with Boris Pergamenschikow at the Hochschule for Music in Cologne, where he also worked on chamber music with the legendary Amadeus Quartet. He graduated with distinction in 1992. In the same year he became principal cellist of the Gewandhaus Orchestra Leipzig. He has performed the Dvorak, Elgar, and Britten concertos, the Beethoven Triple Concerto, and the Penderecki Concerto grosso with the Gewandhaus Orchestra under Herbert Blomstedt, Charles Dutoit, Leopold Hager, Richard Hickox, and Dmitrij Kitaenko, the Haydn C major Concerto with the Bach Orchestra of the Gewandhaus, the Bartel Concert Piece with the Sinfonietta Leipzig, the Lalo, Saint-Saens, Frank Martin, and Elgar concertos and the Tchaikovsky Rokoko Variations with various Swiss Symphony Orchestras under Samuel Friedman, Grzegorz Nowak and Mario Venzago. He appeared at the Schleswig-Holstein, Rheingau, Usedom (Germany), Concerti per L‘Europa (Venice), Kyburgiade Winterthur, Musiksommer Boswil (Switzerland) and Rachmaninov (Paris) festivals. His partners in chamber music include Mariana Sirbu, Mirijam Contzen, Robert McDuffie, Emmanuel Pahud, Sharon Kam, Maria Graf, Stefan Hussong, Vassily Lobanov and Dénes Várjon. He frequently appears with his wife, the pianist Yuka Kobayashi, with whom he plays recitals at the Gewandhaus and regularly tours Japan. Christian Giger was founder of the International Chamber Music Festival Leipzig and is now artistic director of the Lindensaal Concerts in Markkleeberg. He also finds time to teach at the Leipzig Hochschule for Music and the Gewandhaus Orchestra Academy. He was member of the faculty of the International Summer Music Academy Leipzig (presented by the Leipzig Hochschule and the Juilliard School New York), the International Summer Academy Schloss Heiligenberg and the Aiyoshidai Chamber Music Seminar Japan, was instructor for the Junge Deutsche Philharmonie and gave master classes in Tokyo, Chicago, and Los Angeles.

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Aktualisiert 28.11.2010