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Valentin Schiedermair (piano)

Sunday May 26, 2019 at 16:30
Westminster Cathedral Hall, London
£14, £12 (over 60s); £8 (full-time students with ID)
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  1. Prelude and Fugue No 45 in B flat, from 'The Well-Tempered Clavier' BWV890 - Johann Sebastian Bach
  2. Prelude and Fugue No 46 in B flat minor, from 'The Well-Tempered Clavier' BWV891 - Johann Sebastian Bach
  3. Sonata for Piano No 13 in A D 664 - Franz Schubert
  4. Etude No 3 in A flat minor (La Campanella), from Études d'exécution transcendante d'après Paganini S 140 - Franz Liszt
  5. Nocturne No 19 in E minor Op 72 No 1 - Fryderyk Chopin
  6. Sonata for Piano No 3 in B minor Op 58 - Fryderyk Chopin

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. Time Out 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 30 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 prize-winner 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.

Our piano is a fine 2015 Hamburg Steinway Model B grand, chosen for us by Steinway's Head of Technical and Artists' services, Ulrich Gerhartz. It is maintained by Steinways and tuned immediately before each recital.

After the concert we offer a traditional English Tea buffet of freshly-made sandwiches, savouries and homemade cakes, with your choice of wine, tea, coffee or juice. The artist often attends this reception. Tea tickets are £7 (standard), and £5 for full-time students. Tea tickets may be bought on the door. We can cater for up to 70.

Please note: the doors open at 3.45pm and the concert starts at 4.30.

Westminster Cathedral Hall
Ambrosden Avenue
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