Christoph Angerer

Born in 1966 in Bonn/Germany, Christoph Angerer is a Viennese with Austrian citizenship and Swiss citizen rights. He studied music at the Academy of Music in Stuttgart and at Vienna’s Academy of Music and Performing Arts, diploma in viola performance in 1988. He also studied music sociology focusing on music history of the 18th century (thesis on “The relevance of ‘minor masters’ in the 18th century”). In 1982, Christoph and his father Paul Angerer founded the ensemble Concilium musicum Wien in order to perform works on period instruments, having intensively studied the historical way of performing music of the (Viennese) classical and pre-classical periods. Christoph Angerer pursues intensive studies of the use of historical instruments, particularly of the viola d'amore.

From 1985 to 1991, he was a regular substitute in the orchestra of the Vienna State Opera. Christoph Angerer regularly performs in numerous concerts – with Concilium musicum Wien and plenty of other ensembles, and gives solo recitals. His discography includes a large number of radio and TV recordings as well as numerous CDs.

From 1993 to 2012, he lectured viola d’amore at the University of Music and the Performing Arts in Vienna and presently still gives master classes in Europe (violin, viola, viola d’amore and performance tradition). From 1999 to 2011, he cooperated with "Yamaha Europe" in different areas. In 1991, he founded the international music agency "Kultur-Management Wien".



The Viola d’amore

is a stringed instrument in the shape of a viola, only with six or sometimes even seven playing strings and six or seven sympathetic strings for extra resonance.

The tuning of this instrument can vary whereas the tuning often was D-major (A D a d' f-sharp' a d'') in the 18th century. The sympathetic strings give the viola d'amore its special timbre and mostly match the pitches of the playing strings. The instrument is held under the chin like a violin or viola. Because of the extra two or three playing strings and the varying tunings the viola d'amore needs to be played slightly differently.

The viola d'amore was very popular in the baroque and classical era with composers like Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber, Johann Sebastian Bach, Antonio Vivaldi, Carl Stamitz, Anton Hoffmeister, Johann Georg Albrechtsberger and Joseph Leopold Eybler.

Mozart and Haydn, unfortunately did not compose for the viola d'amore, which might be the reason why the instrument is almost forgotten and rarely heard in concerts halls around the world. Hopefully modern compositions for this instrument will cause a renaissance to the viola d'amore.


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