Reto Kuppel


Violinist Reto Kuppel is one of the most prestigious german performers of his generation. He has performed throughout Europe, Asia and the United States including the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Herkulessaal and Gasteig in Munich, at Alice Tully Hall in New York City. He has appeared as soloist with many german orchestras as the Hamburg Symphony, Munich Symphony, Concertino Hamburg, the Ensemble Haar, the Munich Baroque-Ensemble and the Augsburg Philharmonic Orchestra.

Reto Kuppel studied with Andreas Röhn at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Hamburg, and with Dorothy DeLay at the Juilliard School in New York City. He studied chamber music with Ralph Gothoni, Herman Krebbers, and Felix Galimir.

After winning the International Chateau de Courcillon Violin Competition he appeared in the gala concerts of the Franz-Wirth-Foundation and the Masefield-Foundation in Hamburg. He was invited to play in many festivals such as the Tonkünstlerfest Baden-Württemberg, the Schleswig Holstein Music Festival, the Richard-Strauss-Festival, the Kissinger Sommer, the Musicalta Music Festival and the Rheingau Musikfestival. For almost two decades Reto Kuppel has served as Concertmaster of the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra. With this ensemble he concertized in the major concert halls all over the world. Currently, Reto Kuppel is Professor of violin at the Hochschule für Musik in Nuremberg, Germany.

He is an avid string quartet player and chamber music player and has released many CDs, mostly specializing in 19th century virtuoso violin repertoire. His world premier recordings of works by Paul and Pauline Viardot (from 2017 and 2018, with Wolfgang Manz, piano), Franz Schubert, Friedrich Hermann and Ferdinand David and his solo album of works by Henry Vieuxtemps were highly acclaimed by critics and audiences alike: “Straightaway it must be acknowledged that the playing of Reto Kuppel is absolutely sensational… Everything is played with taste and refinement. Tuning and tone are immaculate.” (