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Matthias Kirschnereit

Matthias Kirschnereit is currently one of the most interesting and sought-after German pianists of his generation. Born in Westphalia, Kirschnereit grew up in the Namibian desert and began studying piano at the Detmold Music Academy with Professor Renate Kretschmar-Fischer. Many years of cooperation with Claudio Arrau, Bruno Leonardo Gelber, Murray Perahia, Oleg Maisenberg and Sandor Végh left an indelible artistic impression on him.

First prizes at the German Music Competition in Bonn, the International Concours Géza Anda in Zurich and the Australian International Piano Competition in Sydney marked the beginning of his international concert career, which has since then taken him to all five continents. Leading European orchestras such as the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich, the Residentie Orkest Den Haag or the Camerata Academica Salzburg have invited him as a soloist. A celebrated high point of 2003 was Matthias Kirschnereit’s performance of Rachmaninoff’s Second Piano Concerto with the St. Petersburg Philharmonic under Yuri Temirkanov for the 300th anniversary of the city of St. Petersburg. He is regularly invited to appear at festivals such as the Berlin Festwochen, Klavierfestival Ruhr or the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival.

The pianist’s successful cooperation with ARTE NOVA/BMG is documented by his recording of W.A. Mozart’s complete piano concertos with the Bamberg Symphoniker under Frank Beermann. This cycle, begun in 1999, immediately received the highest praise from the press; the Süddeutsche Zeitung called Kirschnereit a “high-ranking Mozart interpreter”. He has also released recordings of piano works by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Johannes Brahms and Robert Schumann.

Since 1997, Matthias Kirschnereit has been a professor at the newly founded Academy of Music and Theater in Rostock. He lives in Hamburg and devotes his spare time to painting, architecture, Italian food and soccer.