NRW – International Piano Festival and Competition 04-11.03.2018


Prof. Matthias Kirschnereit

Matthias Kirschnereit has the most beautiful approach to music one can imagine. He is constantly in search of the wealth of feeling, the vital pulse and the concomitant human aspects of the music he performs. And, after abundant analysis and extensive study of the repertoire, he nonetheless ultimately pursues that path “quite intuitively”, as he says. The Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung wrote: “He is an expressive musician par excellence, who continues the specifically German art of playing the piano.” Indeed, the line of his teachers leads through Renate Kretschmar-Fischer, Conrad Hansen, Edwin Fischer and Martin Krause directly to Franz Liszt.
He therefore adheres mainly to the German-Austrian Romantic tradition of Schumann and Mendelssohn, Schubert and Brahms, but his repertoire notably includes Mozart as well as Chopin and Rakhmaninov. That is the world in which Matthias Kirschnereit has excelled. His 25 CD recordings have regularly been heaped with praise. The reviewer in the Neue Zürcher Zeitung wrote of the new recordings of all Mozart’s concertos in 2006: “Matthias Kirschnereit is the discovery of the Mozart jubilee year”. The English magazine Gramophone described him as “a sensitive and thoughtful pianist” reviewing his Schumann recording “Scenen”. His world premiere recording of Mendelssohn’s Third Piano Concerto won him an ECHO-Klassik award in 2009.
In spite of the fame which Matthias Kirschnereit has long enjoyed on his extensive tours of many countries, he never behaves like a spoilt star. Ultimately, all he wants is to convey to his audience just “a little of these wonderful, inspired musical achievements.” He does that in recitals and in orchestral concerts with the likes of the St Petersburg Philharmonic, the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra and the Tonhalle Orchestra of Zurich. He has also been an enthusiastic chamber musician for a long time, performing most recently with musicians like the violinist Christian Tetzlaff, the clarinettist Sharon Kam and the cellist Adrian Brendel and with the Vogler, Minguet and Szymanowski quartets.