The Süddeutsche Zeitung reveres him as an ‘icon of early music’, and the New York Times applauds him as a ‘light in a sea of mediocrity’. Reinhard Goebel specialises in the repertoire of the 17th, 18th and early 19th centuries; 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 primarily dedicates the 19/20 and 20/21 seasons to his longstanding research and music project “Beethoven’s World“, in which he examines little-known works of Beethoven and the milieu of his contemporaries in order to encourage a relocation of Beethoven within the axis of music-historical coordinates. A five-part CD cycle with Germany’s leading radio orchestras (WDR, HR, DRP, MRO), including seven first-ever recordings, is released from January 2020 for Sony Classical and accompanies extensive touring throughout Europe featuring a variety of programs orbiting Beethoven. The first recording of the two concertos by Franz Clement with Mirijam Contzen was met with great enthusiasm. The press called it “spectacular“ (Rondo), a “delicacy“ (Concerti) and a “first rate recording“ (The Guardian). The Diapason Magazine awarded it with five Diapasons and it received the German Record Critics‘ Award (Quarterly Choice 02.2020) as well as the OPUS Klassik 2020. The second CD with concertos for two cellos and orchestra was also highly praised by the press. Deutschlandfunk: “The recording with Berlin Philharmonic cellists Bruno Delepelaire und Stephan Koncz sets new benchmarks.“
In May 2018 he was named artistic director of the Berliner Barock Solisten, a baroque group which emergerd from the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra.
Their recording of the Brandenburg Concertos was awarded with the Opus Klassik 2018. In 2019 Händel’s Concerti Grossi op.3 were released with Hänssler Classic. In 2020/2021 the ensemble will set off for a tour bringing the Brandenburg Concerti to several European cities.
Further musical encounters in 21/22 include the Radio Orchestras of Colgne and Saarbrücken, the Dalasinfoniettan, the Konzerthausorchester Berlin, the Neues Bachsches Kollegium Musicum Leipzig, the Tapiola Sinfonietta and the Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra, among others.
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.
Reinhard Goebel is the recipient of the Bach-Medaille of the City of Leipzig, which was awarded to him in 2017 among other things for his pioneering and ‘irrepressible exploration of the repertoire beyond the established names’.
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.