„Everyone decides intuitively on the instrument whose pitch and sound colour makes one’s inner string vibrate…“
As an acclaimed double bass soloist and chamber musician, Christine Hoock inspires audiences around the world with her concert performances and masterclasses. The fascinating possibilities of making music with the double bass, also as a soloist, are carried into concert halls by this native of Mainz with her typical ease and virtuosity.
The international prize-winner has performed at the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, Aurora Chamber Music Festival, Festival Musicale di Portogruaro, Musiktriennale Köln, Lucerne- and San Sebastian Festival, and at the Berlin and Salzburg Festivals, among others.
Christine Hoock completed her studies in Frankfurt and Geneva, with Günter Klaus and Franco Petracchi respectively, with distinction. While still studying she founded the famous all-female Frankfurt Double Bass Quartet.
A versatile virtuoso, Christine Hoock can also be heard in a wide variety of innovative constellations of jazz, electronic and world music. This is also reflected in her varied discography and radio recordings.
In 2021, Christine was honoured with a Special Recognition Award for Solo Performance by the International Society of Bassists.
During her engagements as CoPrincipal and Principal with the WDR Symphony Orchestra Cologne and other top German orchestras, the artist has performed with conductors such as Semyon Bychkov, André Previn, Peter Eötvös, Neeme and Paavo Järvi, Gary Bertini, Pinchas Zukerman, Sir Neville Marriner, and Rudolf Barschai. Besides her orchestra engagement she was teaching at Robert-Schuman-Hochschule Düsseldorf and Folkwang Universität der Künste.
Christine Hoock holds a professorship for double bass at the renowned Mozarteum University in Salzburg. In 2014 she received a guest professorship at China Conservatory Beijing.
In addition to concert tours, masterclasses and jury work, Christine Hoock is active as a mentor in the international music scene. She is founder and artistic director of the International Rhodius Academy for Double Bass at Burg Namedy Castle and led the Intonation J.M. Sperger Competition from 2016-2023 as president of the Sperger society and artistic director.
Christine inspires many composers around the globe, who dedicate pieces to her. For example, she has composed solo works and concertos by Rabbih Abou-Khalil, Ralph Towner, Paul Chihara, Toshio Hosokawa and Arni Egilsson. She regularly also arranges pieces for double bass ensemble herself, for example by Philip Glass, Georg Philipp Telemann, Johannes Sperger and Michel Corrette.
Christine Hoock plays an English instrument by William Tarr from 1848.