NRW – International Piano Festival and Competition 04-11.03.2018


Prof. Wolfram Schmitt-Leonardy

Wolfram Schmitt-Leonardy, one of todays most remarkable artist discoveries of the record industry, contributed invaluably to Brilliant Classics’ Schumann, Mendelssohn, Brahms and Chopin series, the world premier recording of Alexander Warenberg’s transcription of Rachmaninoff’s 2nd symphony and to EBS’ Kabalevsky, Tschaikowsky and Gershwin recordings. Most striking about Schmitt-Leonardy’s pianism is its vibrancy and immediacy. Music critics e.g. Peter Cossé, Ingo Harden, Knut Franke, Jed Distler, Jeremy Siepman, Ates Orga and Magazines e.g. American Record Guide, Fono Forum, BBC Music Magazine, Diapason, Piano, Klassik heute, Piano News describe Schmitt-Leonardy‘s interpretations as „astonishing, exquisite, 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 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 Horowitz. The Magazine Piano News praised his Chopin recordings and compared his playing with Zimerman and 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, Amiata Piano Festival, Miami International Piano Festival, Munich Residenz, Teatro Olimpico Vicenza, Forbidden City Concert Hall Beijing, „Alte Oper Frankfurt, Kilmore 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), Adrienne Arsht Center (USA), International Music Festival in Kemiö (FI). Musical partners are the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Berliner Symphoniker, Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra, Philharmonia Hungarica, RTV Orchestra Slovenia, Philharmonia of the Nations and many other European and Asian Philharmonias, the Philharmonia Quartet Berlin, the Melos Quartet. He gives masterclasses in Russia, Canada, China, USA, Thailand, Germany, Italy, Philippines, Malaysia, Romania, Austria, Poland and founded an educational and mentoring program for extraordinary talented piano students. Besides his career as a pianist he is Professor for piano at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Munich and the École Normale de Musique de Paris Alfred Cortot.