Kai Köpp, *1969, studied musicology, history of art, and law at the universities of Bonn and Freiburg (Master on Hindemith, PhD). After parallel studies at the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik in Freiburg (Viola) and three years at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis (also viola d’amore), he was member of leading ensembles specializing in 18th and 19th century repertoire (Concerto Köln, Cappella Coloniensis des WDR, Nova Stravaganza).
Having taught at Zurich and Trossingen, he entered the Bern University of the Arts (BUA) in 2008 as music lecturer and teacher of interpretation practices, directing several publicly funded research projects since. After a guest professorship 2009/10 at the transdisciplinary research institute of the BUA he was appointed Swiss National Science Foundation Professor for applied interpretation research in 2011, focussing on repertoire from Beethoven to Mahler. His latest book, Handbuch historische Orchesterpraxis, deals with orchestral interpretation strategies from the Baroque to the Romantic eras.