Christof Harr studied music education in Stuttgart (principal instrument: cello)
while also receiving private tuition in orchestra conducting from Anton Zapf
and Christoph Adt.
While still a student, he organized and conducted numerous concerts with
fellow musicians and founded the “ Ostfildern Chamber Orchestra”, later to be
For several years he focussed on historically informed performance practice
and was playing as a principal cellist in many baroque concerts on both
modern and period instruments.
After graduating in music, he studied history and was music director of the
“Ostfildern Chamber Choir” and the “Chamber Symphony Calw”.
Since 1992, Christof Harr has been teaching music and history at the
Christophorus-Gymnasium, a secondary school in Altensteig.
He founded the “Altensteig Youth Orchestra” – a cooperation between the
secondary and the music school – which he directed until 1998.
Subsequently, he was appointed music director of the “Altensteig Chamber
Orchestra”. Over the last years there have been many communal concerts
featuring both orchestras.
Since 1996 he has been artistic director of the symphony orchestra of one of
the most influential German charities, the “Christliches-Jugenddorfwerk-
This orchestra is comprised of students, graduates, employees and friends of
the charity. Christof Harr regularly conducts concerts of the “CJD Orchestra”
at the chamber music hall at Philharmonie Berlin, as well as at many other
venues, such as Kassel, Braunschweig, Celle, Gera, Schloss Oppurg in
Thuringia, Sangerhausen, Altensteig, Rostock, Stuttgart, Erfurt, Chemnitz,
Dortmund and Mainz.
From 2004 till 2007 he was Artistic Director of Altensteig Music Academy and
was also appointed Artistic Director for the 2006/2007 season of the
“Altensteiger Meisterkonzerte”, having held the introductory lectures for these
concerts for many years.
Christof Harr has been a student of Achim Holub.
Since 2007 he regularly attends concerts in the European music centres of
London, Berlin, Vienna, Munich and Amsterdam in order to become more
familiar with the work of renowned conductors.
Since 2006 he has witnessed among others: John Eliot Gardiner, Nikolaus
Harnoncourt, Roger Norrington, Claudio Abbado, Zubin Mehta, Lorin Maazel,
Colin Davis, Simon Rattle, David Zinman, Joos van Immerseel, Esa-Pekka
Salonen, Daniel Harding, Kent Nagano, Seiji Ozawa, Kurt Masur, Herbert
Blomstedt, Andris Nelsons, Semyon Bychkow, Gustavo Dudamel, Thomas
Hengelbrock, Franz Welser-Möst, Christian Thielemann and Fabio Liusi with
orchestras like the “Berliner Philharmoniker”, “Wiener Philharmoniker”, Wiener
Symphoniker, Concentus musicus Wien, London Symphony Orchestra, London
Philharmonia Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, New York
Philharmonic, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam, Orchestra of the
Age of Enlightenment, Freiburger Barockorchester, “Münchner
Philharmoniker”, “Sinfonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks”,
Staatskapelle Dresden, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Bamberger
Symphoniker, WDR Symphonieorchester Köln, NDR Symphonieorchester,
Orchestre National de France, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and the
Since 2009 Christof Harr continues his position with the Christliches-
Jugenddorfwerk-Orchestra with a new artistic concept, aiming at the explicit
support of young instrumentalists.
From 2009 to 2015 he was one of the teachers for the conducting
masterclasses at Graz (Austria) and London and conducted there the
“Kammerphilharmonie Graz”, the “Orpheus Sinfonia London” and the “London
In January 2011 he was invited by „El Sistema“ to visit Venezuela for a week
to get to know “El Sistema” and his founder Maestro Abreu.
In Ocober 2013 the Social Project “CJD Panorama” started to help young
children to get an individual personality by playing their instruments in a
classical orchestra, starting with 4 year old children in a day-care centre in