Swiss guitarist Christoph Denoth is noted throughout the world as a virtuoso classical guitarist whose personal mission is to expand the tonal and dynamic range of today’s concert guitar and to bring his instrument and the music written for it to the attention of a wider world audience. Born in Basel, Switzerland, Mr. Denoth’s extraordinary musical talent became apparent at the age of 15 when he was admitted to the conservatories of Basel, Lucerne, and Zurich and went on to attend master classes with the renowned Spanish guitarist Pepe Romero and at the Basel Musikakademie with the Italian guitar master Oscar Ghiglia -- experiences which would inspire Denoth to seek a professional career as a classical guitarist.
Another enormous musical influence was the brilliant conductor Sergiu Celibidache with whom Denoth studied conducting, musical theory, and the physiology of music, studies which brought him conducting assignments in Switzerland. His recital commitments have earned him several international awards, including prizes at the 35th Concours International de Guitarre de Paris (1993), sponsored by Radio France. Denoth has also received important grants from the Louise Silverberg Foundation in St. Moritz, the Werner and Helga Degen Foundation and Pro Arte, Switzerland. In 2008, Denoth was awarded the UBS Culture Award for Music.
Mr. Denoth was Musician-in-Residence (2006-2009) at Balliol College, Oxford. He was the first Swiss musician to be appointed to this position. He also was recently appointed to the Royal Academy of Music in London to teach the repertoire for voice and guitar. He is regularly invited to lecture and give master classes, notably at the Faculties of Philosophy and Music at Oxford University, Glasgow University, Musikhochschule Lucerne, Tulane University New Orleans, Skopje University, the University of Sheffield (lecturing on Science and Music with physiologist Denis Noble), Tirana University, Western Carolina University, St. Bonaventure University, and others.
Mr. Denoth has greatly contributed to the knowledge of the available repertoire for voice and guitar. He performed with Dame Felicity Lott at the Oxford Lieder Festival in autumn 2011. He also took part in the BBC Spirit of Schubert week in March 2012, performing Schubert songs with the noted soprano Ruby Hughes and premiering an unperformed Schubert piece for guitar and male trio. He played his London debut concert at Wigmore Hall for BBC Radio 3 Live Lunchtime Concerts and made his debut at the BBC Proms in July 2013, performing a Benjamin Britten program which included Songs from the Chinese with tenor James Gilchrist and soprano Ruby Hughes.
Mr. Denoth’s performance commitments have taken him virtually all over the world; his most recent concerts have been in Buenos Aires at the Radio Nacional, in Istanbul, and in New York, Toronto, Zurich, and London. He has a very active interest in contemporary music, and future world premieres will include Barrington Pheloung’s guitar concerto. In 2013, Mr. Denoth premiered Hans Martin Linde’s 5 Traces after Benjamin Britten in Buenos Aires.