Tuesday, December 9, 2014

If you've ever seen the movie The Red Violin, you are sure to remember this actor. He showed up in the second "story" of the movie as Kaspar Weiss, an orphan with a heart defect who lives at an abbey in Austria. The red violin made by Nicolò Bussotti has been there for 110 years, being played by a succession of orphans in the Orphan's Orchestra at the abbey. Realizing that the boy is a virtuoso, the monks ask music maestro Georges Poussin (Jean-Luc Bideau), who visits the abbey twice a year to teach music lessons and assess the talent, to make a special visit to see the boy. Poussin realizes he has the greatest violin player of the last 300 years in his grasp...

But, as predicted earlier in the film by the tarot-card playing witch, nothing good will come of owning the Red Violin.

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The actor was Christoph Koncz, who was born on September 3, 1987, in Konstanz, Germany. Koncz was indeed a prodigy, and began playing the violin at the age of four. He was 9 years old when he began filming The Red Violin. In 1993, at the age of 15, he began studying at the Universität für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Wien in Vienna. Koncz is a member of the Vienna State Opera Orchestra, and performs as second violinist with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra.

And he's a drop-dead cutie!

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