Indira Koch – violin (Germany - USA)

General information

Indira Koch started her violin classes at the age of four
and soon after received her first prizes in Youth music awards in Germany
and Switzerland. In 1989 she started her studies at the
International Menuhin Music Academy in Gstaad. In 1991-1995
she continued her studies in Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia,
USA. Having obtained a Bachelor of Music degree she studied
at the Juilliard School in New York in class of Robert Mann,
the original member of the Juilliard String Quartet.
In 1997 she obtained Master degree. Indira Koch got valuable pieces
of advice attending master classes of the famous musicians including
Igor Oistrakh, Yehudi Menuhin, Miriam Fried, Franco Gulli, Rainer Kussmaul, Josef Zilberstein, Alberto Lysy.
As a student Indira Koch took part in numerous international competitions drawing attention to herself;
namely, she won the first prize in the International Music Competition
“Citta di Stresa" in Italy. In 1997she won a prestigious
Artist International Awards in New York. This success of hers is linked
to her debut concert in Carnegie Hall in New York highly appraised
in international press. Indira Koch toured in Europe, India, Japan, South and North Americas. She is a frequent participant of big international festivals such as Chamber Music Festival in Ravenna and Taos (New Mexico, USA), Evian Musical Encounters (France), “Young Artists in Concert" Festival in Davos and Sangat Festival (Bombay, India). In 2010 together with her husband Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt she founded
a chamber orchestra Metamorphosen Berlin where she is a Music director. Since 1999 Indira Koch has been a concertmaster in Deutschen Oper Berlin.