23rd January 2016
A Valentin Schiedermair performance is more than just a concert….it is a musical event. This London-based German pianist engages with his audience and draws on all his exceptional background and experience to take them on a musical journey. His objective is simple - to share the joy and excitement of music with his audience.
Valentin Schiedermair’s solo tours of China, Taiwan and Singapore drew enthusiastic audiences in fifteen major cities. In Taipei alone he has already given six recitals and they usually finish only after five or six encores. The University of Shenzhen has awarded him a guest professorship in recognition of his contribution to the musical exchange between China and Germany. TimeOut magazine in Singapore made his recital No1 critics’ choice of the month. It was attended by the German Ambassador and he was invited to give the final concert of the first Singapore Beethoven Sonata Cycle. He also gave the opening concert of the Beethoven Piano Festival in Beethoven’s birthplace in Bonn, Germany.
Schiedermair, who made his debut at a sold-out Berlin Philharmonic Hall, learned from some of the best and has been developing his unique blend of virtuosity and insight in concerts, recitals and orchestral performances world wide for more than 20 years. He comes from a family of scholars with musical roots going back to the 18th century and grew up playing chamber music with his father at the cello. His great-grandfather, himself a pianist and composer, was one of the leading musicologists of his day. He published the first complete edition of Mozart’s letters and founded the Beethoven Archive in Germany, the leading research centre for Beethoven.
Valentin Schiedermair received a classical education in Heidelberg where he studied at the music academy with Paul Dan and won first prize in a piano competition. Another prize in Lugano followed, and he took lessons with the Chopin prizewinner Halina Czerny-Stefanska and her Polish husband Ludwig Stefanski. Aged 20 he won a further prize in Barcelona and was chosen as one of two German students in the performing arts to continue his studies in New York with scholarships from the Annette Kade Foundation and the Fulbright Commission.
In New York Schiedermair found a stimulating mix of teachers. He heard Horowitz play in Carnegie Hall and took lessons with Gary Graffman, Horowitz’s favourite pupil, who taught him much of the core classical and Romantic repertoire. He continued his studies at the Vienna Music Academy under Hans Kann, then in London with Peter Wallfisch at the Royal College of Music. Master classes with virtuosos Shura Cherkassky, Bruno Leonardo Gelber, Mieczyslaw Horszowski and many others completed his studies. Not surprisingly, he is now in demand for master classes in Europe and Asia where he passes on the musical tradition he experienced first hand. Master classes have taken place at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts in Singapore, Shenzhen University in China, the National Chiayi University in Taiwan, the Chinese Culture University, Shih Chien University and Aletheia University in Taipei as well as the Mannheim Music Academy in Germany and the Guildhall School of Music in London.
Since his first radio recording aged 16 Schiedermair has developed a large repertoire and his concert career has taken him all over the world. He is a frequent guest at international festivals and has given live and recorded recitals for radio. His CDs have won him many friends in Asia, where he tours regularly.
Valentin Schiedermair also composes and teaches composition. He grew up in a family with a close affinity to the music of Mozart, Beethoven and the romantic composers. While his style is essentially intimate and lyrical, his playing conveys passion and drama in equal measure. He enjoys researching the historical and biographical background to the music he plays to get as close to it as possible – and to share this enjoyment with his audience.
His interpretation of Beethoven’s Waldstein Sonata was outstanding by any standard … … The audience was enthralled … … A pianistic tour de force Northern Times
An hour of great classics … … Valentin Schiedermair’s piano recital was such a tonic The Straits Times (Singapore)
Magic sense of colour … … Great musical sensitivity … … A memorable event Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung
A full house responded enthusiastically to his brilliant playing Surrey Herald
It is no mistake to include the word genius when describing this artist The Leach, Scotland
The star of the evening … … Valentin Schiedermair is a great artist who thinks deeply about the secrets of sound Rhein-Neckar-Zeitung Heidelberg
A rare musical treat Badische Neueste Nachrichten
Thrilling playing … … impeccable virtuosity Mannheimer Morgen
A master pianist in a league of his own Havel-Echo
Valentin Schiedermair’s fascinating interpretations immersed his audience deeply into each piece. ‘His playing is magnificent’, one listener commented at the interval Sächsische Zeitung
The audience cheered Valentin Schiedermair … … An extraordinary recital Salzgitter-Zeitung
His exquisite touch, superb technique and splendid virtuosity shaped every piece into a convincing whole,
the range of expression seemed inexhaustible. A superb recital Märkische Oderzeitung
A consummate romantic interpretation, which was deeply moving Volksstimme
A magnificent pianist Oberbergische Volkszeitung
Every minute an event Altmark Zeitung
Sparkling fireworks at the piano Mainzer Allgemeine Zeitung