|Philippe Koch - jury 2012 (Web)|
Descended from a leading family of Liège musicians, Philippe Koch graduated in Liège before undertaking further studies with C. Ferras, P. Amoyal, and A. Grumiaux. Cconcertmaster of the Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg, he has also had a solo career throughout Europe, Japan, the United States, and South America and has played with many renowned orchestras and conductors. A great enthusiast for chamber music and contemporary music, he has explored many aspects of both with the Grumiaux Trio, the Quatuor Louvigny, and the Brussels String Quartet, as well as in the Koch Trio with his daughter Laurence (violin) and his son Jean-Philippe (piano). His other partners have included G. Caussé, A.R. El Bacha, P. Gillilov, M. Kliegel, E. Moguilevsky, and S. Wieder-Atherton. Philippe Koch teaches at the Conservatoire Royal de Liège and frequently gives master classes in Belgium, France, Luxembourg, and Japan. He is also interested in orchestral conducting and has been invited to conduct a number of ensembles. His recordings (more than 30 CDs, ranging from Mozart to Bussotti, via Arensky, Vieuxtemps, Beethoven, Brahms, Mendelssohn, and Pierné) have won numerous awards from the international specialist press, including the ‘Diapasons d’Or’, the ‘Choc’ awarded by Le Monde de la Musique, and Repertoire Magazine.