Tobias Koch’s musical credo is to trace the essence of sound with the joy of discovery and open-minded versatility. One of the most versatile and distinguished musicians of his generation, he is fascinated by the expressive possibilities of period keyboard instruments. Both unorthodox and spirited in his performances, he plays the harpsichord, clavichord, tangent piano, early fortepiano, orphica, organ, piano-pédalier, and romantic grand piano. He is considered one of the foremost specialists in the field of historical informed performance practice. Especially for his pioneering efforts in the interpretation of the complete piano music by Robert Schumann he earned widespread international acclaim and recognition: “Inspired and inspiring from the first second: Tobias Koch plays Schumann the way it should be played in order to do him justice: revolutionary, Romantic, with technical brilliance, emotion and no trace of cloying sweetness or pretense. Koch’s playing conjures up musical images that emerge in the wink of an eye, only to fade away again. The playing carries you away, turning each measure into an experience.” (German Radio MDR Figaro).
But still Tobias Koch tries to be a most unspecialised specialist, constantly striving to lend the music he performs vivid colour on the keyboard instruments best suited for the repertoire in question, extending from Orlando Gibbons to Karlheinz Stockhausen. His performing career has taken him as soloist, devoted chamber musician and Lieder accompanist all over Europe. He appears as a guest artist at leading festivals including the Schleswig-Holstein Festival, Ludwigsburger Schlossfestspiele, Verbier Festival, Chopin Festival Warsaw, Rheingau Music Festival, the Beethoven Festival Bonn, Schumannfestivals in Düsseldorf, Zwickau, Leipzig, Bonn, and the Leipzig Mendelssohn Festival.
Tobias Koch has gained valuable artistic inspiration while studying in master classes by David Levine, Roberto Szidon, Walter Kamper, and Jos van Immerseel, in Germany, Austria and Belgium. He was awarded the music endowment award of the state capital of Düsseldorf. Important musical partners include Andreas Staier, Gottfried von der Goltz, Joshua Bell, Steven Isserlis, Markus Schäfer, Concerto Köln, and Hofkapelle Stuttgart with Frieder Bernius. He collaborates closely with instrument makers and restoration specialists, as well as with renowned collections and major musical instruments museums. He is on the faculty of the Robert Schumann Hochschule Düsseldorf, academies in Verbier and Montepulciano, and has been featured in over 200 productions for radio and television. In addition to more than 20 CD recordings of works by Mozart, Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Burgmüller, Schumann, Chopin, Liszt, Hiller, Wagner, and Brahms, a wide range of publications round out his work in the field of music. Drawn as if by magic to the irresistible sound of period keyboard instruments, Tobias Koch devotes himself to performing exclusively on authentic period instruments.