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Franz Vorraber

Franz Vorraber

Franz Vorraber is a German pianist who is renowned as an expert on Schumann's piano works. He performs internationally and teaches master classes throughout Europe and the USA.

Franz Vorraber is considered to be one of the leading interpreters of Schumann's music. He was the first pianist to perform  Schumann's complete piano works, playing at a series of 12 recitals at major European cities including Munchen (Gasteig) and Frankfurt.

The Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung described Vorraber's Schumann recitals as 'an intimate Schumann experience, gripping to the last note' and the audience showed their appreciation by means of standing ovation. 

Born in Grazin Austria, Franz Vorraber started to play the piano at the age of five. The son of an organist, he played the organ in church at age seven and later also studied violin. He began his professional musical studies at the Musikhochschulein Grazat age thirteen before later graduating with distinction from the Musikhochschulein Frankfurt.

Franz Vorraber performed his debut recital in Tokyo at age 19. Since that time, he has performed at some of the most prestigious concert halls in Europe, Japan, and the USA. He has appeared at the Gewandhaus of Leipzig, the Konzerthaus of Vienna, the Alte Opera of Frankfurt, the Gasteig of München the Tivoli of Kopenhagen and the Bunka Kaikan of Tokyo. He has also performed with leading orchestras throughout Europe and Japan, including the Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg, the Leipziger Gewandhaus Kammerorchester, the Westdeutsche Sinfonia, the Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalzand and the Robert Schumann Philharmonie. He has worked with conductors such as Dennis Russell Davies, Alun Francis, Morten Schuldt-Jensen, Dirk Joeres, Daniel Klajner, Hilary Griffiths, Marcus Bosch, Vladislav Czarnecki, Reinhard Seifried, Marcello Bufalini, and Jonathan Seers.

Franz Vorraber has been invited to give performances at numerous international festivals such asthe Schleswig Holstein Festival, Klavier festival Ruhr, Frankfurt Feste, Wiener Musiksommer, Mozartfest Würzburg, Europäische Wochen Passau, Klosterkonzerte Maulbronn, Choriner Musiksommer, Hohenloher Musiksommer, Bebersee Festival, Schubertiade Regensburg, Santander and Klavierfestival Schloß Husum.

Franz Vorraber was awarded the most prestigious prize from the Austrian Ministry as well as the Joachim Erhard prize. He also received an award from the Viennese piano firm Bosendorfer.

During the last concert series at which he played, the Austrian Broadcasting Company recorded his performances of Rachmaninoff's third piano concerto and Fuchs piano concerto. His performances of several of Mozart's piano concerti were recorded by the MDR and the Deutschlandfunk and his rendition of Schumann'spiano concerto was recorded in Estonia. Further to this, his performance of Mozart'spiano concerto in C-major was broadcast on Danish radio. 

Franz Vorraber was the first pianist to make a DVD-Audio recording for Pioneer and Geneon and received the Best Disk Award in Japan 2001 for the DVD-Audio 'Wiener Abend'. His performance of Robert Schumann's complete piano works was the first ever to be digitally recorded and won the the Austrian Broadcasting Company's 'Pasticcio prize'.

Franz Vorraber is also a very well respected master class teacher in both Europe and the United States.