Musician of the GSO since: 2001, the beginning
Other Orchestral Experience: University of Guelph Orchestra, Wellington Winds,
Waterloo Regional Police Band, White Oaks Choral Society, K-W Philharmonic Choir
Academics and teachers: studied flute with Tom Kay; voice with Marcus Kramer, Robert Anderson
B. Sc. (Agriculture) University of Guelph
Other Occupations: Horticulturalist
Q & A with Christoph How did you get interested in classical music? In the 70’s my Grade 7 vocal music teacher, Florence Hall, played us an album called “Switched-on Bach.” It got me “Hooked on Classics.” Not long after that I attended my first opera and from there I have been thumbing a ride with the Walküren. Favourite indulgence? Single malts and good Canadian whisky Greatest musical influence? Formative years in youth orchestra. Best gig you've ever performed at? Mahler’s 8th Symphony while I was a member of the K-W Philharmonic Choir with the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra at Roy Thompson Hall. Dream Vacation? : It starts with running a European marathon followed by attending the Bayreuther Festspiele and indulging in each opera for that season. Favourite Composers? Wagner, Mahler, Richard Strauss, and Mozart Favourite Works? Wagner:Tristan und Isolde, Beethoven: Missa Solemnis and his late string quartets, Mozart: Le Nozze di Figaro and Don Giovanni (Rene Jacobs conducting), Britten: Peter Grimes Favourite way to relax? Running and cycling What's a fact no one would know about you? I started my musical journey on the euphonium.