Goebel, Reinhard, esteemed German violinist; b. Siegen, Westphalia, July 31, 1952. He commenced violin lessons in his youth, receiving principal training in Cologne and Amsterdam from Maier, Gawriloff, and Leonhardt. In 1973 a passion for early music led him to organize the Musica Antiqua Koln, an ensemble dedicated to performing works on original instruments or modern replicas; after a major tour of Europe in 1978, the ensemble toured widely in North and South America, the Far East, and Australia, acquiring an international reputation through its exacting but spirited performances. Goebel plays a Jacobus Stainer violin built in 1665.
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