Christoph Schickedanz, born 1969 in Darmstadt, received attention as one of the most recognized violinists of his generation in Germany. Honours at various competitions prepared his way to a multi-facetted concert career. He has been concertizing in all over Europe, northern America and Asia. Beyond the standard repertoire Mr. Schickedanz has especially dedicated himself to the performance of unjustifiably neglected or forgotten composers. He can refer to numerous first recordings and was also involved in the publication of various first editions.
Mr. Schickedanz has been recording for the most important German broadcasting stations, such as BR, SWR, WDR, HR, DLF, Deutschlandradio Berlin. His discography with more than 20 CD productions for the labels Audite, Centaur, cpo and telos music shows a wide range from the solo to the octet repertoire and has repeatedly attracted special notice by both the audience and the critics. His interpretation of the complete Johann Sebastian Bach solo violin works and the Johannes Brahms sonatas is scheduled to be released on CD this year.As an enthusiastic chamber music player, Mr. Schickedanz is currently a member in the Johannes-Kreisler-Piano-Trio. He was enjoying concertizing with the Gililov Piano Quartet Berlin (ex Berlin Philharmonic Piano Quartet) for the ensemble’s last years. In addition, he can refer to the collaboration with musician personalities as Igor Shukov, Ralf Gotoni, Lilya Zilberstein, Julie Kaufmann, Sebastian Manz, Ingolf Turban, Wen-Sinn Yang to name just a few.
Christoph Schickedanz began his studies at the Freiburg University of Music with Prof. Jörg Hofmann, a scholarship granted from the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) enabled him continue his musical education at the famous Indiana University, Bloomington with Distinguished Professor Franco Gulli. After completing the prestigious Solo Concert Examination at the University of Arts in Berlin with Prof. Uwe-Martin Haiberg he started his teaching activity as an assistant in his violin class. He has also been teaching as Associate Instructor at IU/Bloomington, as a lecturer at the Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz and Guest Professor at the University of Arts Berlin.
In 2004 Schickedanz accepted a Professorship at the University of Music and Theatre in Hamburg. Among his students are competition prize winners, graduates of his studio are holding positions in German orchestras (including Berlin, Bremen, Cottbus, Dortmund, Essen“er, Hamburg, Hannover, Leipzig, Munich and Wiesbaden) or abroad (China, Denmark, Norway, Qatar, Spain etc.). Schickedanz is regularly holding masterclasses in Europe, he furthermore received invitations to teach in universities such as Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music, the Shanghai Conservatory, the Tongji University, the California State University Long Beach or music institutions in Havana/Cuba or Port of Spain/Trinidad & Tobago.