"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 Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana, the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie, the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra, the German Radio Symphony Orchestra of Saarbrücken and Cologne as well as a tour with the Berliner Barock Solisten.
Reinhard Goebel has worked with orchestras such as Berlin Philharmonic, Dresden Staatskappelle, the German Radio Symhony Orchestras in Frankfurt, Cologne, Hanover, Munich, Leipzig and Saarbrücken, the Academy of Ancient Music as well as the Taipei, Melbourne and Sydney Symphony Orchestras. He is professor of historical performance practice at the Mozarteum Salzburg.
CD recordings featuring Reinhard Goebel can be found on all the great labels: Deutsche Harmonia Mundi, Deutsche Grammophon, Sony BMG and Oehms Classics. In February 2008 Reinhard Goebel, along with Korean violinist Yura Lee and the Bavarian Chamber Philharmonic, was awarded the distinguished Diapason d'Or for his "Mozart in Paris" CD, released at the Augsburg Mozart Festival in 2007 - a prize he had already received for several recordings with Musica Antiqua Köln. In spring 2010 he was presented once again with the Diapason d'Or for the newly-edited Deutsche Grammophon recording "Le Parnasse Francais" with Musica Antiqua Köln, whose original recording from 1978 had already won him the same award.
Lübeck honoured Reinhard Goebel in 1984 with the Buxtehude Prize, as did Magdeburg in 2002 with the Telemann Prize. As early as 1980 he won the Siemens Förderpreis, and in 1997 the Nordrhein-Westfalen state award, presented in person by the future German president, Johannes Rau.
In April 2007 the IMA award was conferred on him in London, and in 2015 the BBC Music Magazine chose him to appear on their list of the 20 best violinists of all time.