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Rolf Plagge

Rolf Plagge

Rolf Plagge is an award-winning German pianist who both performs and teaches internationally.

In July 1990 Rolf Plagge became the first German pianist ever to win a prize in the prestigious Moscow Tchaikovsky Competition. He had already been awarded numerous prizes in national and international competitions in Vienna, Bratislava, Montevideo, Bonn, and several times in Italy. In 1987 he won the 3rd prize in the esteemed ‘Reine Elisabeth' Competition in Brussels and has since been a frequent performer in Belgium.

Rolf Plagge regularly performs in many European countries, as well as in the USA, Russia, Latin America, Japan, South Korea, South East Asia and Australia. As well as giving solo performances with various German orchestras (State Symphony Orchestra of Thuringia, Bochum Symphonic Orchestra, Bremen Philharmonic, Munich Chamber Orchestra, Rheinische Philharmonie, Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz etc.), he also plays with such international orchestras as the Baltic Philharmonic, Filharmonia Narodowa Warschau, Orchestre National de France, Polish Chamber Philharmonic, Salt Lake City Symphony Orchestra, Israel Sinfonietta, and Orchstre National de Belgique.

Plagge was born in 1959 in Westerstede, North Germany, where he received his first piano lessons at home. By 1969 he was studying at the Bremen Conservatory with Prof. Peter-Jürgen Hofer. After winning several prizes and scholarships he continued his studies with various famous teachers: in Freiburg with Vitaly Margulis, in Vienna with Paul Badura-Skoda, at the Juilliard School in New York with Gyorgy Sandor and finally in Hannover with Karlheinz Kämmerling. Since 1991 he has held a teaching position as professor at the University of Music "Mozarteum" in Salzburg. He also gives piano master-classes in Europe, the USA, South America, Japan, Korea and Australia.

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