Markus Hoffmann, born in Siegen in 1966, began his studies at the age of sixteen with Prof. Franzjosef Maier at the Musikhochschule of Cologne. His participation in Maier’s orchestra, “Collegium Aureum” initially awoke his interest in the baroque violin. Inspired by these experiences, he became a founding member of Concerto Köln in 1985 and his loyalty to the ensemble remains unwavering ever since. After completing his diploma in 1989, he continued his education at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna, the city in which he still resides today. Alongside numerous chamber and solo performances on both violin and viola, he is also a member of the Wiener Akademie. Since 2006, he has served as concertmaster of Concerto Köln. Concert tours and participation in international festivals with Concerto Köln and other ensembles including the Bach Consort Wien, Concentus Musicus Wien, Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin and the Hamburg Philharmonic State Orchestra have already led him to all corners of the globe. A large number of broadcast and CD recordings top off his versatile musical work.