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Severin von Eckardstein

Severin von Eckardstein

Severin von Eckardstein is one of the leading German pianists of his generation and has lengthy record of solo concerts and concerto performances on major stages around the world.

Severin von Eckardstein has delighted the public with many highly acclaimed concerts, in such locations as Berlin, Munich, Moscow, London, Paris, New York, Amsterdam, Hong Kong, Tokyo and Seoul. He has also performed at such renowned music festivals as Klavier-Festival Ruhr, in Aldeburgh/UK, the Gilmore Festival in Michigan/USA, the festival in La Roque d'Anthéron, France, the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival and the Miami International Piano Festival, where he played the opening concert in 2009. He has performed with conductors such as Valery Gergiev, Philippe Herreweghe, Lothar Zagrosek and Marek Janowski, and made important debuts, for example with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra (Beethoven Piano Concerto Nr. 5) under Paavo Järvi in 2007 and most recently - in spring 2012 - with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra (Prokofiev Piano Concerto Nr. 3) conducted by Jaap van Zweden. Many of Von Eckardstein's concerts have been recorded and broadcasted by major broadcasting corporations.

As a repeat guest in the concert series ‘Meesterpianisten' in the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, von Eckardstein opened the gala concert celebrating the series' 25th anniversary. He has been invited to reappear in 2014.

Born in Duesseldorf, Germany in 1978, he has won prizes at numerous noteworthy international competitions, e.g. ‘Ferruccio Busoni' in Bozen (1998), the ‘Leeds International Piano Competition' (2000) and ‘José Iturbi' in Valencia (2002), as well as being the winner of the ARD-Competition in Munich (1999) and the ‘Grand Prix International Reine Elisabeth' in Brussels (2003). On several occasions he has been awarded special prizes for the ‘Best Interpretation of Contemporary Music'.

Several foundations and societies, including the Mozart Society and the highly regarded German National Merit Foundation, have honoured him with scholarships. In 2002 he received the ‘European Culture Prize' and in 2003 the ‘Echo Classic Prize'.

Von Eckardstein's education in the musical arts was predominately shaped by his teachers Prof. Barbara Szczepanska, Prof. Karl-Heinz Kämmerling and Prof. Klaus Hellwig, University of Arts, Berlin, where he also successfully completed his concert exams. In an additional course of study at the International Piano Academy Lake Como, Italy, he profited from further instruction and inspiration. He took private lessons from teachers such as Alfred Brendel and participated in master classes instructed by Vitalij Margulis, Karl Ulrich Schnabel, Alicia de Larrocha, Leon Fleisher and Menahem Pressler, to name only a few.

Von Eckardstein‘s comprehensive repertoire spans the baroque period to the music of the 21st century.