Born in 1966, Christoph Hammer has established himself among the most important and versatile specialists in historical performance. Following his first prize in the organ division of Germany’s “Jugend musiziert” in 1983, he became a music student at Munich’s University of Music and also participated in masterclasses with noted period keyboard instrument specialists. In addition, Hammer also pursued German Studies and Musicology at the University of Munich and attended the University of California with the financial assistance of Munich’s Maximilianeum Stiftung as well as the “Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes”.
Since 1996, Christoph Hammer has made many recordings (including works recorded for the first time) as the director of Munich’s Neue Hofkapelle Baroque Orchestra. He is also in demand internationally as an opera conductor. In 2002 he was given the Kulturförderpreis of the Free State of Bavaria for his extensive work in Early Music, and in 2004 was honoured with the Anerkennungspreis of the Bavarian Volksstiftung. In 2003, he became the founder and artistic director of the Munich Residenzwoche Festival. A recording of the opera Catone in Utica by Giovanni Ferrandini under Hammer’s baton was released by Oehms Classics. More than 30 CDs with first recordings of Baroque and Classical works have appeared on various labels.
Christoph Hammer enjoys an international reputation as a soloist, song accompanist, and chamber musician on the fortepiano and harpsichord. He has given concerts with many well-known Baroque orchestras as well as orchestras, ensembles, and soloists that use modern instruments. Along with performing the standard concert repertoire, Hammer cultivates a special interest in reviving lesser-known and forgotten composers, and also undertakes research that results in editions of their works. He has given masterclasses at Juilliard, Yale, the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow and many other universities, in addition to being a guest at the most important international Early Music festivals. He has made numerous recordings for European radio broadcasters in addition to his many CD releases. From 2009 to 2013, Christoph Hammer was a professor of historical keyboard instruments at the University of Texas. Since 2013 he has been professor of historical keyboard instruments and chamber music at the University of Augsburg’s Leopold Mozart Centre.