“Reinhard Goebel is a musical spark plug, sure to energize any program or performance he touches [...].“
New York Times, James R. Oestreich
Venerated by the Süddeutsche Zeitungas an "early music icon", and extolled by the New York Times as a "beacon in a sea of mediocrity", Reinhard Goebel specialises in the repertoire of the 17th and 18th centuries, having made significant contributions to the contemporary rediscovery of composers such as
G.P. Telemann, J.C. Bach and J.D. Heinichen. 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 was the founder of the legendary Musica Antiqua Köln, whom he directed for 33 years. Aware of the anachronistic nature of "conducting" a music originally coordinated both logistically and aesthetically by the Kapellmeister from the continuo or the concertmaster from the violin, he develops in each ensemble at rehearsal an autonomy largely independent of the baton.
Numerous orchestras have successfully taken part in the "Goebel Experiment", including the Berlin Philharmonic, the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Leipzig GewandhausOrchestra, Dresden Staatskappelle, the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, the Berliner Barock Solisten, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra London, OrchestreNational d’Île de France, Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra, Odense Symfoniorkester, Residentie Orkest;Taipei, Melbourne and Sydney Symphony Orchestras, and the German Radio Symhony Orchestras in Frankfurt, Cologne, Hanover, Munich, Leipzig and Saarbrücken. He is principal guest conductor of the Bavarian Chamber Philharmonic in Augsburg, and in 2010 succeeded Nikolaus Harnoncourt as professor at the Salzburg Mozarteum.
Highlights of the coming seasons include engagements with Dresden Staatskapelle, the WDR Symphony Orchestra Cologne, Stuttgart Philharmoniker, Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Academy of Ancient Music in London, l'Orchestra di Padova e del Veneto, and also a recording and performances of the Brandenburg Concertos with the Berliner Barock Solisten.
CD recordings featuring Reinhard Goebel can be found on all the great labels: Deutsche Harmonia Mundi, Deutsche Grammophon, Sony BMG and Oehms Classics. In February 2008 Reinhard Goebel, along with Korean violinist Yura Lee and the Bavarian Chamber Philharmonic, was awarded the distinguished Diapason d'Or for his "Mozart in Paris" CD, released at the Augsburg Mozart Festival in 2007 - a prize he had already received for several recordings with Musica Antiqua Köln. In spring 2010 he was presented once again with the Diapason d'Or for the newly-edited Deutsche Grammophon recording "Le Parnasse Francais" with Musica Antiqua Köln, whose original recording from 1978 had already won him the same award.
Lübeck honoured Reinhard Goebel in 1984 with the Buxtehude Prize, as did Magdeburg in 2002 with the Telemann Prize. As early as 1980 he won the Siemens Förderpreis, and in 1997 the Nordrhein-Westfalen state award, presented in person by the future German
president, Johannes Rau.
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.