Born in Neuchatel, Switzerland, to Czech parents, violinist Christophe Horak completed his studies at London’s Guildhall School of Music and Drama with Yfrah Neaman and was the recipient of the Migros Genossenschaftsbund and the Max and Peggy Morgan Foundation scholarships.
Christophe Horak was inspired and stimulated by contact with great pedagogues such as Zachar Bron, Maurizio Fuchs and Toru Yasunaga as well as encounters with the Tacas, Melos and Borodin quartets. As concertmaster of the Guildhall Symphony, he collaborated with Semyon Bychkov, Kurt Mazur, Sir Collin Davis, Pierre Boulez and Sir Simon Rattle.
In 2003, following engagements witn Munich’s Bavarian Radio Symphony and the London Symphony Orchestra, Christophe Horak joined the Berlin Philharmonic. Since 2009, he has been leader of the second violin section.