Christoph Stradner


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“Christoph Stradner lets the cello sing and rejoice. He played with a particular masterful technique that excited the audience. His beautiful tone was charming, even from the beginning.”
Wiener Zeitung, Vorarlberger Nachrichten

The Austrian cellist Christoph Stradner descended from a musical family. Born in Vienna in 1970, he studied under Frieda Litschauer and Wolfgang Herzer in Vienna and with William Pleeth, the teacher of Jaqueline du Pré in London. He performed in master classes under Mischa Maisky, Daniel Schafran, Steven Isserlis and David Geringas. For the past several years, he has worked as soloist with conductors such as Adam Fischer, Fabio Luisi, which collaborating with orchestras such as the Vienna Symphony, the Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra, the Austro-Hungarian Haydn Philharmonic, the Belgrade Philharmonic, and the Tonkünstler Orchestra of Lower Austria. He has toured extensively throughout Europe and Asia.

Stradner, who was previously principal cellist of the Tonkünstler Orchestra of Lower Austria and the Camerata Salzburg, serves as principal cellist of the Vienna Symphony since 2004. He performs in international festivals and actively playes chamber music with Janine Jansen, Julian Rachlin and Benjamin Schmid. Stradner also enjoys leading and performing with the “Eight Cellists of the Vienna Symphony,” and teaches at the Vienna Conservatory.

Christoph Stradner plays a cello made by Antonio Stradivari from 1680.