“Reinhard Goebel is a musical spark plug, sure to energize any program or performance he touches [...].“
New York Times, James R. Oestreich
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 and 18th centuries, having made significant contributions to the contemporary rediscovery of composers such as G.P. Telemann, J.C. Bach and J.D. Heinichen. 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.
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 seasons, he is looking forward to musical encounters with Les Violons du Roy, Hamburg Philharmonic, the Konzerthausorchester Berlin, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Northern Sinfonia, Vienna Chamber Orchestra, Bamberg Symphony Orchestra, the South Netherlands Philharmonic, the Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana and the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra.
2017 heralds two releases on Sony Classical: a new recording of the Brandenburg Concertos with the Berlin Baroque Soloists, and to mark both the 250th anniversary of Telemann's death and the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, a first recording of Telemann's Reformation Oratorio 'Holder Friede, Heilger Glaube' with the Bavarian Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra and the Bavarian Radio Choir.
Reinhard Goebel has worked with orchestras such as Berlin Philharmonic, Dresden Staatskappelle, the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, the Berliner Barock Solisten, 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 principal guest conductor of the Bavarian Chamber Philharmonic in Augsburg, and in 2010 succeeded Nicolaus Harnoncourt as professor at the Salzburg Mozarteum.
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.