Christoph Eß has established himself as one of the leading horn players of his generation. He has been a prizewinner at several international music competitions and has appeared as a soloist and chamber musician all over the world. Christoph began his training at the Musikschule Tübingen with Peter Hoefs, with further study in Basel and Stuttgart with Christian Lampert and Wolfgang Wipfler. Prior to joining the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra as Principal Horn in 2007, he held positions as Third Horn with the Bavarian Radio Symphony and Principal Horn with the Essen Philharmonic. From 2017-2020 he served as Professor of Horn at the Musikhochschule Lübeck.
Christoph has won top prizes at national and international competitions, including the European Classic Festival Ruhr, the Concorso Internazionale per Corno di Sannicandro di Bari, the International ARD Music Competition in Munich, and the Richard Strauss Competition. In 2007 he was awarded first prize at the prestigious Prague Spring International Music Competition. In 2008, he won the Soloist Prize at the Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, followed by a scholarship award at the German Music Competition in Berlin in 2009.
As a soloist he has performed with many of Europe’s leading orchestras, including the Bavarian Radio Symphony, the Bamberg Symphony, the Berlin Radio Symphony, the Prague Philharmonia, and the chamber orchestras of Munich, Stuttgart, and Salzburg. In April 2007, he gave his debut at the Berlin Philharmonic Hall with the Deutsche Symphonie Orchester Berlin. During the 2017-2018 season he was Artist in Residence with the Philharmonie Neubrandenburg and performed and recorded all the Mozart concertos with the Folkwang Chamber Orchestra in Essen. Further highlights include concerts with the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra, the Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalzm, and the Sinfonieorchester Wuppertal. He has recorded frequently for the GENUINclassics and PragaDigitals labels, as well as Bavarian Radio, Radio DRS, Deutschlandradio Kultur, and Czech Radio.
In high demand as a chamber musician, Christoph has collaborated with Christian Zacharias, Andreas Scholl, the Fauré Quartett, the Zemlinsky Quartett, Quatour Ebène, Boris Kusnezow, and Viviane Hagner. He is the founder of the renowned horn quartet German Hornsound, with whom he is a regular guest artist at Europe’s most prestigious music festivals.
Christoph was honored with the Punto Award in 2021.