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"Pianist Wolfram Schmitt-Leonardy masters Brahms’ cruelly difficult Paganini Variations to the point where he downplays the music’s burly bravura by choice rather than necessity."

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Wolfram Schmitt-Leonardy

BIOGRAPHY

Wolfram Schmitt-Leonardy (1967) is one of the leading German pianists of his generation and professor at the University of Music and Performing Arts Mannheim. He is the prizewinner of international piano competition such as the Rachmaninoff Competition, Walter Gieseking Competition, Carlo Soliva Competition etc. and has been elected Upcoming Artist of the year by the German Magazine Fono Forum.

THE PIANIST

WOLFRAM SCHMITT-LEONARDY is one of todays most remarkable artist discoveries of the record industry. His recordings by Schumann, Mendelssohn, Brahms, Chopin, Warenberg/Rachmaninoff (world premier recording) Kabalevsky, Tschaikowsky and Gershwin received many prizes and raving reviews in the international press: 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), Fanfare 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.“ And the „vibrancy and immediacy of his pianism“ 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. Jeremy Nichols in Gramophone (Nov '17), stated that Wolfram Schmitt-Leonardy deserved to be a household name and said his playing (3 Sonatas by Chopin) was on a par with Vladimir Ashkenasy, Leif-Ove Andsnes and Howard Shelly.

CONCERTS leed him to prestigious 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, Grand Canal Lang Lang International Piano Festival, 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), Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt (Cello), Dimitri Maslennikov (Cello), Georg Friedrich Schenck (Piano)

VIDEO/SERIES

RACHMANINOFF'S 3RD CONCERTO

Wolfram Schmitt-Leonardy performs live Rachmaninoff's 3rd Concerto with the Malaysian Symphonic Orchestra and Maestro Mustafa Fuzer Nawi

GERSWIN/WILD "EMBRACEABLE YOU"

An spontaneous recording at Schmitt-Leonardy's studio in France, where he demonstrated different sound designs for this piece and we liked this one specifically.

BACH PRELUDE (Trans. by A. SILOTI)

Wolfram Schmitt-Leonardy plays this transcription by A. Siloti of Bach's famous Prelude.

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