Christophe Koenig

co-principal second

East Aurora, New York

Eastman School of Music (BM ’21)
Manhattan School of Music (MM ’23)

Thomas and Emily Wahl Chair

Christophe Koenig is a native of East Aurora, NY and began his studies at the age of 4 under Amy Glidden. Throughout the years, he has served as Concertmaster of The Eastman Philharmonia, The National Orchestral Institute Philharmonic, The Manhattan School of Music Symphony Orchestra and the National Repertory Orchestra among others. Christophe was awarded 2nd prize at the 2020 MTNA national chamber music competition and was also named a finalist at the 2022 Jefferson Symphony Concerto Competition. Recently, he has performed as a substitute with the Rochester Philharmonic, the Buffalo Philharmonic, and the New World Symphony. Christophe holds a Bachelor’s degree from the Eastman School of Music where he studied with Juliana Athayde and currently attends a Master’s program at the Manhattan School of Music studying with Curtis Macomber. Christophe plays on a Giovanni Grancino violin from 1679 thanks to the generosity of his late grandfather, Herbert L. Koenig.

What is something interesting that people may not know about you?
In high school I was a state level competitive swimmer.

Name three of your favorite composers:
Sergei Prokofiev, W.A. Mozart, Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

When taking a break from music-making, what is your favorite thing to do?

What are you most looking forward to this summer with the NRO?
Performing Glazunov’s violin concerto with the orchestra.