Prof. Wolfram Schmitt-Leonardy

Klavier und Kammermusik

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Prof. Wolfram Schmitt-Leonardy zählt zu den führenden Pianisten und Pädagogen seiner Generation. Er erhielt prägende Eindrücke der wichtigsten musikalischen Traditionen und Schulen des 19. und 20. Jahrhunderts durch intensive Studien bei Michael Ponti, Bernd Glemser, Adrian Aeschbacher, Georg Friedrich Schenck, Vitalij Margulis, Alexis Weissenberg, György Sebok und Jürgen Uhde.

Er gewann höchste Preise in internationalen Wettbewerben, z.B. im renommierten Internationalen Rachmaninoff Wettbewerb und wurde für seine vielseitigen musikalischen Aktivitäten mit Kultur- und Förderpreisen ausgezeichnet. Der Chefredakteur des Musikmagazins Fono Forum wählte ihn zum Nachwuchskünstler des Jahres. Seine CD’s mit einem breiten Repertoire: Chopin (3 Sonaten, 24 Préludes, 4 Impromptus, 4 Balladen), Brahms (Gesamteinspielung der Variationen) Schumann (Carnaval, Sinfonische Etüden, Nachtstücke, Klavierstücke, Toccata, Presto passionato), Mendelssohn, Gershwin, Tschaikowsky (1. Klavierkonzert), Rachmaninoff/Warenberg (Weltersteinspielung der Transkription der 2. Sinfonie für Klavier und Orchester) erhalten Schallplattenpreise und beste Rezensionen in der internationalen Fachpresse (American Record Guide, Gramophone, BBC Music Magazine, Fono Forum, Piano News, Piano (F), Diapason, Piano (GB), Klassik heute, Muzycka21, Classicstoday, Musicweb, in der Enzyklopädie Pianisten Profile, in der Wochenzeitung Die ZEIT u.v.a.

Als Solist renommierter Orchester wie z.B. der St. Petersburger Philharmoniker, der Berliner Symphoniker, der Philharmonie der Nationen, der Philharmonia Hungarica, des Rundfunksinfonieorchesters Slowenien, der Janacek Philharmonie Ostrava, der Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland Pfalz des Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra, u.v.a. konzertierte er mit Konzerten von Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin, Liszt, Tschaikowsky, Rachmaninoff, Gershwin, Martinu, Bernstein und Honegger.

Musikalische Partner sind das Streichquartett der Berliner Philharmoniker (Philharmonia Quartett Berlin), das Melos Quartett, das Amati Quartett, das Rodin Quartett, das Gürzenich Quartett, das Stuttgarter Bläserquintett und namhafte Musiker wie Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt, Ingolf Turban, Ramon Jaffé, Pavel Vernikov, Valérie Aimard, Dmitri Maslennikov, Guido Schiefen, Georg Friedrich Schenck, Maurizio Baglini, Yuan Sheng, Michael Ponti und Tuncay Yilmaz.

Er ist Gast in bedeutenden Konzerthäusern und Festivals (Philharmonie Berlin, Philharmonie St. Petersburg, Alte Oper Frankfurt, Forbidden City Concert Hall Beijing, International Piano Festival Miami, Festival „Wight Nights“ in St. Petersburg, Münchner Residenz, Berliner Festwochen, Teatro Olimpico Vicenza, Moselfestwochen, International Music Festival in Kemiö, Choriner Musiksommer, Internationale Musiktage im Dom zu Speyer, International Piano Festival Malaysia, Philharmonie Bangkok, Ost- West-Festival Polen, Musikfestspiele Saar, Hanoi Opera House, Philharmonie Perm (GUS), Mozartfestival Klausenburg, Mozartfest Schwetzingen, Alexandria Opera House, Manasterly Palace Kairo, Philharmonie Ljubljana, Philharmonie Lodz, Philharmonie Poznan, Philharmonia Sudecka, CCP Manila, Mendelssohn Haus Leipzig, Kilburn Concert Series Kanada, Adrienne Arsht Center of the Arts Miami, Bayreuth, Opusfest (Philippinen), Philharmonien Klausenburg, Kronstadt, Hermannstadt, Temeswar, Oradea u.v.a.

Prof. Wolfram Schmitt-Leonardy gibt Meisterkurse in Deutschland (u.a. Euro Music Academy Halle, Tonkünstlerverband Bayern, Gasteig München, Forum junger Solisten), Malaysia (International Piano Festival), Italien (u.a. Amiata Piano Festival, Music Summer Classes Bardonecchia, Talent Music Summer Courses Brescia), China (Conservatory Beijing), Philippinen („Opusfest“), Russland (Internationales Orgelfestival in Perm), Rumänien (Mozartfestival Klausenburg und Hermannstadt), Kanada (University of Alberta), Süd-Afrika (Kapstadt), Frankreich (Festival International de Musique de Dinard), Thailand (Mahidol University Bangkok) und für die Lang Lang International Music Foundation in München, Barcelona, Wien (Konzertverein) und Warschau (Chopin Institut).

Seit 2008 unterrichtet Prof. Wolfram Schmitt-Leonardy an der École Normale de Musique de Paris Alfred Cortot. 2010 folgte er einem Ruf als Professor für Klavier an die Hochschule für Musik und Theater München, 2016 erhielt er einen Ruf an die Hanns Eisler Hochschule Berlin und 2017 folgte er einem Ruf als Professor für Klavier an die Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Mannheim. Seine musiktheoretische Arbeit „Künstlerische Klaviertechnik“ wurde in China veröffentlicht. Seit 2018 leitet er zudem eine Klavierklasse an der International Piano Academy Brescia und ist Visiting Professor an der Music Academy New Stars Hannover.

Er ist Juror bedeutender Internationaler Klavierwettbewerbe (u.a. Vorsitzender der Jury des Internationalen Deutschen Pianistenpreises, Concours International de Piano Épinal, International Piano Competition Thailand, ClaviCologne). Seine Studenten haben in den vergangenen Jahren eine Vielzahl an Preisen in internationalen Klavierwettbewerben erzielt.

English version

Wolfram Schmitt-Leonardy is one of todays most remarkable artist discoveries of the record industry. His recordings by Schumann (Symphonic Etudes, Toccata, Carnaval, Nachtstücke, Klavierstücke, Intermezzi), Mendelssohn (Capriccios, Scherzi, Fantasies, Kinderstücke, Variations sérieuses, Perpetuum mobile etc.), Brahms (Variations on a theme by Paganini, Schumann, Handel, Brahms himself and a Hungarian theme), Chopin (complete Preludes, Impromptus, Ballades and Sonatas), the world premier recording of Warenberg/Rachmaninoff (Rachmaninoff’s 2nd Symphony), Kabalevsky (Sonatas and Preludes), Tschaikowsky (1st concerto) and Gershwin (Rhapsody in Blue) received many prizes and raving reviews in the international press.

„What’s most striking about Schmitt-Leonardy’s pianism is its vibrancy and immediacy“ (Fanfare). Music critics e.g. Peter Cossé, Ingo Harden, Knut Franke, Jed Distler, Jeremy Siepman, Ates Orga and established Magazines e.g. American Record Guide, Fono Forum, BBC Music Magazine, Diapason, Piano, Klassik heute, Piano News, PIANO (GB) and PIANO (F) describe Schmitt-Leonardy‘s interpretations as „astonishing, exquisit“, „breathtaking“, „electrifying“, „dazzling brilliant, as well as grippingly independent“. They praise his „interpretive sophistication, depth and originality“, „his intellectual power, virtuosity, combined with a Classicist’s sense of proportion“, „his multi-hued tonal palette which abjures only the ugly, and his propulsive rhythmic vocabulary“.

He won top pizes in International Piano Competitions e.g. the International Rachmaninoff Competition, the Walter Gieseking Competition and has been elected Upcoming Artist of the year by the German Magazine Fono Forum. The Pianists Encyclopedia Pianisten-Profile points out Schmitt-Leonardy‘s „artistic authority and singular musical consequence“ and Knut Franke one of the most respected critics of our time compared Schmitt-Leonardy‘s „sovereign culture of sound“ with Vladimir Horowitz. The Magazine Piano News praised his Chopin recordings and compared his playing with Krystian Zimerman and Grigory Sokolov.

His concerts leed him to prestigeous concert halls and international festivals e.g. Berlin Philharmonic Hall, St. Petersburg Philharmonic Hall, Festival White Nights (Russia), Berliner Festwochen, International Piano Festival Miami, Amiata Piano Festival, Munich Residenz, Teatro Olimpico Vicenza, Forbidden City Concert Hall Beijing, Alte Oper Frankfurt, Kilburn Concert Series Canada, Opera Houses of Hanoi and Alexandria, International Piano Festival Malaysia, Philharmonic Halls of Ljubljana, Perm (GUS), Timisoara, Brasov, Cluj and Sibiu (RO), Poznan and Waldenburg (PL), Philharmonia Bangkok, Adrienne Arsht Center of the Arts (USA), International Music Festival in Kemiö (FI), Rittersaal Mannheim, Festival Musical Durtal (F), Festival in Ribadesella (Spain).

As soloist he played with the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Berliner Symphoniker, Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra, Philharmonia Hungarica, RTV Orchestra Slovenia, Philharmonia of the Nations and many others.

Chamber music partners are the Philharmonia Quartet Berlin, the Melos Quartet, the Amati Quartet, the Rodin Quartet, Ingolf Turban (Violin), Pavel Vernikov (Violin), Tuncay Yilmaz (Violin), Ramon Jaffé (Cello), Guido Schiefen (Cello), Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt (Cello), Dimitri Maslennikov (Cello), Georg Friedrich Schenck (Piano) and Maurizio Baglini (Piano).

THE TEACHER:

As one of the most passionated and sought-after pedagogues of our times he regularly gives Masterclasses in Austria (Konzertverein Wien), Poland (Chopin Institute Warsaw), Russia (Philharmonia Perm), France (Festival International de Musique Dinard), Canada (University of Alberta), China (Conservatory Beijing), Spain (Barcelona), Thailand (Philharmonia Bangkok), Germany (Tonkünstlerverband Bayern, Philharmonia Munich), Italy (Amiata Piano Festival, International Piano Academy Pinerolo, Conservatory Vivenza), Philippines (Camerata dell Arte Foundation Manila), Malaysia (International Piano Festival Malaysia), Romania (Mozart Festival), and founded an educational and mentoring program for extraordinary talented piano students the WSL-Masterclass. His theoretical work „Artistic Piano Technique“ was published in China.

2010 he was offered a full-time professorship at the University of Music and Performing Arts Munich where he worked for 7 years, in 2016 he was offered a full-time professorship at the University of Music Hanns Eisler Berlin and in 2017 he was offered a full-time professorship at the University of Music and Performing Arts Mannheim where he works since then. Besides his work at German Universities he is also Professor in France at the prestigious École Normale de Musique de Paris Alfred Cortot, in Italy at the International Piano Academy Brescia and has been chosen by the Lang Lang International Piano Foundation, New York to work with a fine selection of outstanding piano prodigies.

Prof. Wolfram Schmitt-Leonardy’s musical roots are broadly diversified: His musical education involves the most important traditions and schools of the 19th and 20th century. His first teacher Prof. Alexander Sellier was a student of the most legendary german pianists Walter Gieseking and Edwin Fischer. Schmitt-Leonardy also worked with Prof. Vitalij Margulis who received his first piano lessons from his father, whose teacher, Alexander Horowitz, studied with Alexander Scriabin. Another important teacher of Mr. Schmitt-Leonardy was Prof. Adrian Aeschbacher, who was Arthur Schnabel’s student. Schmitt-Leonardy‘s teacher and close friend Michael Ponti (himself one of the greatest pianists of the 20th century) studied with Gilmour McDonald who was the assistent of Leopold Godowsky and with Erich Flinsch who studied with Emil von Sauer, who himself studied with non other than Franz Liszt. All these important musical personalities influenced Wolfram Schmitt-Leonardy on his way. Furthermore, among his mentors are such important pianists e.g. Alexis Weissenberg, Olli Mustonen and Aldo Ciccolini.

He serves as Jury member in many International Piano Competitions e.g. the IGPA (Chairman of the International German Piano Award since 2011), International Piano Competition Epinal (F), International Piano Competition Thailand, Clavicologne, MozARTe, International Piano Competition Pietro Argento. His students have won countless awards and prizes in International Piano Competitions.