was born in Berlin in 1956. He studied at the University of the Arts Berlin (Universität der Künste Berlin) to become an instrumental teacher, music educator and professional cellist. After these studies he completed a course in orchestra conducting.
Since 2004 Christian Höppner is the Secretary General of the German Music Council (Deutscher Musikrat) after being its Vice President for four years.
He is a visiting lecturer at the violoncello department of the Berlin University of the Arts since 1986.
Christian Höppner is President of the German Culture Council (Deutscher Kulturrat), Vice President of the European Music Council, Honorary President of the Federal Music Council of Berlin (Landesmusikrat Berlin), past President of Rotary Berlin-Spree, spokesman for the music department at the German Culture Council, chairman of the program committee at Cologne based TV-station RTL, member and budget rapporteur of the program committee of the Deutsche Welle (DW), vice chairman of the DW-committee DW-Academy, member of the board of trustees of the Frankfurter Musikpreis and the Young European Award, chief editor of the music magazine Musikforum. He represents the German Music Council at the German Commission for UNESCO.
Apart from being the artistic director of the Berlin Mozartorchester, he was appointed principle guest conductor in 1995 for the Brazilian chamber orchestra and chamber choir Camarata Musica antiqua. Due to the amount of his music-political work, Christian Höppner is forced to hold his orchestra work in abeyance.
For his commitment to the Berlin music life he was honoured by Federal President Johannes Rau with the Federal Cross of Merit (Bundesverdienstkreuz) in 2001.