Christoph Walder, horn

Christoph Walder was born in Toblach, South Tyrol. Originally a student of psychology in Innsbruck, he later decided to become a musician instead. He trained at the Mozarteum in Innsbruck and in Salzburg with Hansjörg Angerer and later moved to the University of Music in Vienna to study with Roland Berger and Willibald Janezic.

He has performed in a wide range of musical genres –from chamber music ensembles to big bands – but his interest was increasingly drawn towards historical performance practice. His performances on the natural horn with several Earl Music orchestras took him to many concert- and opera houses both in Europe and in Japan.

As a fruitful contrast, he has also developed an interest in playing techniques of contemporary music, which in the last 20 years has become his main field of expertise. His collaboration with many renowned composers resulted in world premières of numerous works in which the horn or the Wagner tuba plays a prominent role, as for instance in Gonzales - The Eartheater by Jorge Lopez, sonic eclipse by Matthias Pintscher or Perturbazione in arrivo nel settore trombe for horn and orchestra by Salvatore Sciarrino.

In the context of Jazzwerkstatt Wien, Walder co-founded the experimental trio “nee” with the aim of transcending stylistic boundaries and further developing the instrument for use with analogue and digital electronics.

Christoph Walder became a member of Klangforum Wien in 1993; he teaches at the University of Music both in Graz and Vienna.