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Christoph Urbanetz

Viola da Gamba

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Born 1980 in Vienna he started to play the Viola da gamba with Daniel Valencia. From 1996 on he studied with Lorenz Duftschmid at the University of Music in Graz, and after graduation from the Schottengymnasium with Paolo Pandolfo at the “Schola Cantorum Basiliensis” in Basel. There he made his diploma “summa cum laude” in 2004.

In Spain he participated in several masterclasses with Jordi Savall, and from 2004 to 2007 he studied with Vittorio Ghielmi at the “Conservatorio de la Svizzera Italiana” in Lugano (CH).

In 2006 he won the special prize for the best interpretation of J.S.Bach and the 2nd prize at the International Bach-Abel-Competition for Viola da gamba in Köthen (Germany). In 2007 he won the first prize at the International Competition for Viola da gamba in Sevilla. In 2011 he won the Romanus Weichlein price at the H.I.F. Biber Competition in St.Florian.

Christoph Urbanetz has appeared as a soloist in many recitals all over Europe including playing at the Innsbruck Early Music Festival in 2009, in Vienna at the Konzerthaus (Resonanzen 2009), the Musikverein (2010) and the Palais Liechtenstein (2010), in Zurich (Forum Alte Musik 2008 and 2012), Reutlingen (Musiqua Antiqua 2010), London (Handel House and Austrian Cultural Forum 2010), Cambridge (Clare Hall 2010), Milan (Teatro dal verme 2008), Budapest (Liszt Academy of Music 2009 and Marble Hall 2012), as well as broadcasts with the ORF, DRS and WDR. In 2012 he appeared together with Vittorio Ghielmi in a Duo Concert at the hungarian radio. From 2006 to 2007 he worked together with the italian pop singer Vinicio Capossela and the cellist Mario Brunello.

Highlights have been concerts with groups such as Il Giardino Armonico (dir. Giovanni Antonini), Clemencic Consort, the Wiener Akademie (dir. Martin Haselböck), Il suonar parlante (dir. Vittorio Ghielmi), Labyrinto (dir. Paolo Pandolfo), Barucco, Oman Consort, Armonico Tributo Austria, Klingekunst, Ars Antiqua Austria, Capella Leopoldina and La Cetra (dir. Jordi Savall). They took place in Musikverein and Konzerthaus Vienna, Escorial Madrid, Santiago de Compostela, Accademia di Santa Cecilia in Rome, Teatro d’Arcimboldi Milano and Galeria and San Marco in Florence.

Besides he made various CD- and TV-recordings (e.g. “Membra Jesu Nostri” with René Jacobs for Harmonia Mundi). In 2009 his album “The Forqueray Family” appeared on Brilliant Classics.

Christoph Urbanetz is a lecturer for Viola da gamba at the University of Music in Graz.

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