“No other German musician has exercised such deep influence on the development of historical performance practice as Reinhard Goebel.”
From the press release on the occasion of the awarding of the Bach medal of the City of Leipzig to Reinhard Goebel
Venerated by the Süddeutsche Zeitung as an “early music icon”, and extolled by the New York Times as a “beacon in a sea of mediocrity”, Reinhard Goebel specialises in the repertoire of the 17th till early 19th centuries. As an expounder of period performance practice for both early music ensembles and modern orchestras, and as an endless fount of knowledge about gems of the repertoire, he is a world-renowned specialist. He is an awardee of the prestigious Bach medal of the City of Leipzig, which was bestowed to him in 2017 for his “pioneering and vigorous exploration of repertoire offside the established names”.
Reinhard Goebel was the founder of the legendary Musica Antiqua Köln, whom he directed for 33 years. As a conductor, his unique way of amalgamating passion for music with meticulous musicological knowledge, inspires, captivates and polarises today’s orchestral scene. When asked in interview whether too much knowledge might be harmful to music, he answers, “That’s not possible. Knowledge is the source of all inspiration! It’s staggering. [...] Knowledge intoxicates, and more knowledge is yet more intoxicating.” (VAN magazine, 2.3.2016).
In forthcoming season, he is looking forward to musical encounters with the Konzerthausorchester Berlin, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie, the German Radio Symphony Orchestras of Frankfurt, Munich Saarbrücken and Cologne as well as a tour with the Berliner Barock Solisten.