Christoph Schickedanz, born 1969 in Darmstadt, Germany, began his multifaceted concert career after receiving awards as soloist and chamber music interpreter at various competitions in Europe (Berlin, Caltanissetta, Freiburg, Heerlen, Munich, Sion) and the USA (Indiana, California). Performances in German centres such as Berlin, Stuttgart, Munich and Hamburg were complemented by concert ...
Christoph Schickedanz, born 1969 in Darmstadt, Germany, began his multifaceted concert career after receiving awards as soloist and chamber music interpreter at various competitions in Europe (Berlin, Caltanissetta, Freiburg, Heerlen, Munich, Sion) and the USA (Indiana, California). Performances in German centres such as Berlin, Stuttgart, Munich and Hamburg were complemented by concert invitations in Europe, Asia and North America.
In addition to recordings and productions for the BR, DLF, HR, SWR, WDR, Deutschlandfunk Cologne and Deutschlandradio Berlin, his work as a performer is now documented with more than 60 works on CD for the labels Audite, Centaur, cpo and telos. In addition to the cultivation of the tandard repertoire, he is particularly committed to unjustly neglected composers – predominantly of the late romantic period in the German-speaking cultural area, as evidenced by his collaboration on first editions and numerous first recordings of various works – e.g. by Wilhelm Grosz, Louis Gruenberg, Richard Franck, Ernst Kanitz, Egon Kornauth, Ernst Krenek, Felix Petyrek, Julius Röntgen or Felix Weingartner.
Since the release of his debut CD with works of the Munich School, which was described by the magazine Fono Forum as "A recording that sets standards. his lively recording activity received great attention from the press and critics. His recording of the 6 solo sonatas and partitas by Johann Sebastian Bach, which was released by Audite in 2018 and nominated for the 2019 International Classical Music Awards, has recently received special recognition. Also the reviewers of the German (Audio 10/2018: "a timeless, recommendable recording", Fono Forum 1/2019: "...a recording of convincing individuality..." and international (Gramophone, Great Britain 11/2018 – Opus Klassiek, Netherlands and Pizzicato, Luxembourg 8/2018 each – American Record Guide, USA1/2019) press paid special tribute to this interpretation.
At the end of 2019, Volume 2 of the duo works for violin and piano by the German-Dutch composer Julius Röntgen, recorded with pianist Ernst Breidenbach, appeared on the cpo label in co-production with Deutschlandfunk Köln. In addition, the US label Centaur has released a recording of the complete duo works by Johannes Brahms with the Japanese Canadian pianist Chiharu Iinuma.
Christoph Schickedanz received his training first at the MHS Freiburg with Jörg Hofmann and as a DAAD scholarship holder at Indiana University Bloomington with Franco Gulli, where he taught as Associate Instructor for Violin from 1995. After completing his concert exams, he began teaching in Germany as assistant to his former teacher Uwe-Martin Haiberg at the UdK Berlin. Further stations followed as a lecturer at the Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz and as a visiting professor at the UdK Berlin. In 2004 he finally accepted a position as professor at the Hamburg University of Music and Drama. In addition to regular teaching activities in Germany, he was repeatedly invited to give master classes in China, Cuba, Italy, Finland, Switzerland, Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, Ukraine and the USA. Since 2018 he also teaches at the Music Academy in Brescia/Italy.
Graduates of his violin class are members of more than 30 orchestras in Germany and abroad, e.g. in Berlin, Dortmund, Essen, Hamburg, Hanover, Leipzig and Munich, or already teach themselves at important pedagogical institutes in their home countries, e.g. in China at the conservatories in Shanghai and Wuhan as well as at the Tongji University Shanghai.
As a passionate chamber music interpreter, Schickedanz has been a violinist with the Gililov Quartet Berlin (formerly the Philharmonic Piano Quartet Berlin) until its dissolution in recent years. He is currently a member of the Johannes Kreisler Trio.
Christoph Schickedanz plays an instrument made in Trieste around 1855 by the Italian master Giovanni Dollenz with a bow from the Peccatte School around 1860.
More recently, Christoph Schickedanz has also attracted attention as a composer. Since 2018, chamber music premieres of his works have taken place in Germany and Austria, and further premieres of solo or duo works, including a string sextet and an octet, are planned for 2020 in Italy, Russia and the USA, among other countries.