Renowned Hungarian-born German pianist Peter von Wienhardt will have a one night performance at the Rodelsa Hall on November 16, 2010. For ticket reservations:  call 858-4093 local 109.

Biography (from www.peter-von-wienhardt.de)

Peter von Wienhardt was born in 1966 in Budapest and had his first piano lesson at the age of four. His family immigrated to Germany in 1975. From 1984 onwards, he studied at the State University of Music and Performing Arts (Musikhochschule) in Stuttgart and completed his studies there in 1992 in the class of Oleg Maisenberg. He received important impulses for his compositional activities from Prof. Ulrich Süße and Gheorghe Costinescu. Further musical impressions and influences were formed through master classes with Georges Cziffra, Werner Scholz, György Sebök and György Kurtág, to name but a few.

Peter von Wienhardt won numerous national and international competitions, including the Freinsheim Piano Competition, the Bartók Competition in Budapest, the Liszt Competition “George Cziffra” in Paris, and he was twice scholarship and prize winner of the “Deutscher Musikrat”.

Peter von Wienhardt has been active in teaching master classes from a young age. Alongside his chamber music teaching capacity at the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival, he is also responsible for various projects as conductor of the chamber orchestra and other ensembles there. Since 2002, von Wienhardt has been leading an annual festival in southern Sweden (Mellby Sommerkonzerte), always with high-profile and distinguished performers. In his home city of Münster, he is responsible, together with Prof. Dr. Joachim Dorfmüller, for the established Grieg Festival Münster, and in 2010, for the first time as artistic director of theAaseerenade, the first open air crossover festival in Germany.

For many years, von Wienhardt has been travelling the world in various capacities, including that of pianist, conductor, composer and chamber musician. He regularly has guest appearances in Asia and South America and has performed in the most renowned concert halls worldwide. His particular passion for travel and the exotic has resulted in a particularly enjoyable career and he often combines his visits with extended cultural exchanges in the various different regions.

The number of his CD productions as a soloist, chamber musician and composer, increases year by year. The CD production with Arabella Steinbacher, violin, with the label Orfeo, was honoured with the ECHO KLASSIK award in 2007. In January 2009, the world premiere recording of Sven Ingo Koch’s harpsichord concerto was released. Alongside his artistic activities, Peter von Wienhardt devotes his energies to the pedagogical communication of music. A good example is his participation in the piano master classes of the Bundesakademie für musikalische Jugendbildung Trossingen, which he has helped organize since September 2010. As a conductor, von Wienhardt has also followed his own unique path; his declared goal is to “serve” the orchestra, and help it perform to the highest possible standard.

Peter von Wienhardt has also devoted the past few years to reaching new artistic heights. He has composed, amongst other works, two violin concertos (dedicated to Koh Gabriel Kameda), a cello concerto (world premiere on 24.6.2010 with the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra, Nicolas Altstaedt, violoncello), a piano quintet (commissioned by “Compania”, 2009), a chamber opera (“Der Nachhilfeschüler”) and the piano quintet “Hollywood-Suite” (world premiere 02/2009). An opera with an original libretto by Martin Konietschke is currently in the making.

Peter von Wienhardt’s greatest passion is for musical “underdogs”. He looks for new, unheard material that he hopes to introduce to potential audiences through his manner of playing and insightful explanations. His musical focus in 2010 is therefore not only Franz Schubert, but also the composers Johann N. Hummel and Isaac Albeniz. In 2010, von Wienhardt was appointed Professor of Piano and Crossover at the Musikhochschule Münster, a faculty of the Westfalian Wilhelms-University.

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