Снимка на Бернд Глемзер

Of BERND GLEMSER (b. 1962) the Badische Zeitung wrote: He is the German pianistic prodigy of his generation, displaying astonishing virtuosity combined with artistic maturity. The specialised press also called him the poet of the piano. The brilliant career of the world-class German musician began at an early age. Already during his studies he was awarded 17 consecutive prizes – the full range of challenging prizes in the world of piano, including the Ferruccio Busoni International Competitions in Bolzano, the ones in Sydney and Montreal, the Rina Sala Gallo in Monza, the ARD in Munich, the Paloma O’Shea in Santander and many others. Despite these successes, he has not become a media star, all of Glemser’s attention always focused on the music and he been committed to its essence. His breathtaking virtuosity is combined with a high poetic sensibility. His profound interpretations, individual and fresh, far from any routine, remain long in the listener’s memory.

Bernd Glemser has performed with many prestigious orchestras, including the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Gewandhaus Orchestra, the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich, and the Santa Cecilia Orchestra Rome. He has collaborated with great conductors such as Herbert Blomstedt, Riccardo Chailly, Myung-Whun Chung, Dmitri Kitayenko, Andrés Orozco-Estrada, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Muhai Tang and Franz Welser-Möst. He has also performed at the Berlin Philharmonic and Alte Oper in Frankfurt, the Gewandhaus in Leipzig and Hercules Hall in Munich, the Royal Festival Hall in London and the Musikverein in Vienna. He has recorded some 35 CDs in his long career, among the most recent being Mendelssohn’s Songs Without Words and Serious Variations for OehmsClassics, which, in his own words, may be his most personal recording.

A performer with a broad repertoire ranging from baroque to contemporary, Glemser has charmed audiences from Chile to Australia and was the first Western artist to perform “live” on television in China. He has a great affinity for the work of pianist-composers (Franz Liszt, Carl Tausig, Leopold Godowsky and Ferrucio Busoni) and especially Sergei Rachmaninoff. He was invited by Wolfgang Sawallisch  to perform the Piano Concerto No. 3 in D minor, Op. 30 with the Philadelphia Orchestra, on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the ensemble, which has supported the composer in many of his recordings. Hollywood also honours Glemser, excerpts from his recording of Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 were used as score for Spider-Man 3.

While still a student of the legendary Vitaly Margulis, he was appointed professor at the Saarbrücken University of Music. Since 1996 he has been Professor in Piano at the University of Music in Würzburg and was decorated with the city’s Arts Award in 2006. Since that same year, Glemser has been a permanent “artist in residence” at the Klosterkonzerte Maulbronn, where he not only performed a series of chamber music concerts but also gave a masterclass.

The pianist was awarded the Andor Földös Prize (1992) and the First European Pianists’ Prize in Zurich (1993). In 2003 he was honoured by the then Federal President Johannes Rau with the Federal Cross of Merit, and in 2012 with the Award for Outstanding Contributions to Art and Science by Bayernwerk AG.


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