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Vienna Young Pianists 2007
July 16 – 26

Piano Master Classes

Florian Krumpöck
Taeko Oba
Susanna Spaemann


Berthold Foeger Jazz Piano
Jorge Sánchez-Chiong Improvisation




donated by the Japanese-Austrian Culture Association for most artistic achievements
total € 1.000,-

Edvard Grieg Prize by the German Edvard Grieg Association

for most convincing interpretations of two works by Edvard Grieg, to be chosen from the 66 Lyric Pieces and from the 23 Little Piano Pieces EG 104 as well as EG 105, 106 and 109 (Edition Peters, Klavierwerke IV).
Three prizes of € 300,- € 200,- € 100,- are awarded, and
two prizes, € 75,- each, for the younges contestants.
total € 750,-

Edvard Grieg Prize by the Royal Norwegian Embassy

for excellent performances of piano music by the Norwegian composer
total € 500,-

Austrian Contemporary Music Prize

for convincing presentations of works written by Austrian Composers (list of repertoire on request)
€ 500,-


for the best performance of a piano sonata written by the Italian composer
€ 300,-


Florian Krumpöck


This much sought after musician appears in major concert halls both as soloist and conductor. He is artistic director of the Blüthner Piano Competition in Austria.

Florian Krumpöck was born in Vienna in 1978. At the age of 14 he became Rudolf Buchbinder’s youngest student and went on to study with Gerhard Oppitz in Munich. He received significant artistic input from Elisabeth Leonskaja and Vladimir Fedosejew, who conducted Krumpöck‘s debut in the Tonhalle Zurich. Since then Krumpöck has performed as a pianist with leading orchestras and conductors, giving solo recitals at international festivals such as the Salzburger Festspiele. His broad repertoire is reflected in his CD recordings. Encouraged by his mentor Daniel Barenboim, he has also begun a career as a conductor. In 2007 he became principal conductor of the Sinfonietta Baden. He recently made his debut appearance conducting the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra. Since 2006 Florian Krumpöck is the artistic diretor of the Austrian Wendl&Lung Piano Competition for youth.
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Takeo Oba

TAEKO OBA Japan (j,d,e)

The renowned Japanese pianist and pedagogue is president of a festival for young pianists in Japan. Many of her students have won prizes at international competitions.

Taeko Oba was born in Japan, where she studied piano a.o. with professor Kazuhiko Nakajima. She continued her studies at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna with professor Hans Graf. As one of the most successful piano pedagogues in Japan she is on the faculty of Gakugei Musik High School in Hamamatsu. Many of her students have won prizes at national and international competitions. Taeko Oba is president of the “Dryard Academy”, a festival for young pianists in Japan, where she also adjudicates at various piano competitions. She performs both as a soloist and as a chamber musician in different sets, such as with the flutist Richard Stagg (BBC Orchestra) and her piano duo partner Adrian Cox. Her wide solo repertoire extends from the baroque period to music of the present day. Areas of particular interest for her are Bach, Chopin and, most importantly, french music.
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Susanna Spaemann

SUSANNA SPAEMANN Germany/Austria (d,e)

The versatile pianist and highly experienced pedagogue lays particular emphasis upon the individuality of each student. She ist the artistic director of the masterclass programme "Vienna Young Pianists".

Susanna Spaemann was born in Muenster/Germany. At the Mozarteum Academy in Salzburg, Austria, she studied piano performance a. o. with Anton Czizek.She received further artistic and pedagogic impulses at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna with Harald Ossberger and Klára Harrer-Baranyi. Susanna Spaemann concertises extensively,throughout Europe, the USA and Japan, as a chamber musician and lied accompanist as well as a piano duo partner together with her husband, Stephan Möller. In 2000, she was appointed as piano professor at the Prayner Conservatory of Music and Drama in Vienna, Austria. Much in demand as a pedagogue for exceptionally gifted young students, she is frequently invited to hold masterclasses and to act as a jury member in various piano competitions. Among her students there are several prize winners of national and international competitions. Susanna Spaemann is artistic director of the masterclass programme “Vienna Young Pianists”.
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Berthold Foeger


The prominent jazz pianist offers an individual approach to help the student discover a freedom at the keyboard. He has an outstanding ability to enthuse the young musicians.

Berthold Foeger was born in Upper Austria, where he began a classical piano training at an early age. He studied jazz piano at the Vienna Conservatory with Harald Gansberger. Numerous appearances with 'Half an Octet', Acoustic Jazz Trio' Berthold Foeger Trio', 'Flauto di Jazz' formed the basis of his career. The broad spectrum of his work encompasses both jazz ensemble and collaboration with cabaret artists and actors such as Robart Kolar. He is also a successful author for the stage and has written for the Graumanntheater, the Kabarett Simpl and the Ensemble of the Kulisse Theatre. He is a founding member of the cabaret ensemble 'Heilbutt & Rosen'. Berthold Foeger has been teaching jazz piano at the Prayner Conservatory in Vienna since 2001, and at the Vienna Conservatory since 2003.
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Jorge Sanchez-Chiong

JORGE SÁNCHEZ-CHIONG Venezuela/Austria (e,g,s)

The acclaimed Venezuelan composer leads us on an a journey through the immense musical diversity of our time. Whoever accompanies him will be encouraged to explore hidden aspects of music.

Jorge Sánchez-Chiong was born in Venezuela. He received his musical education at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna with F. Burt and M. Jarrell. Sánchez-Chiong is regarded as one of Austria’s leading composers. Many of his works have been written in commission to international music festivals and ensemles for Contemporary Music, and have been performed by renowned soloists, ensembles and orchestras throughout Europe, Asia, America and Australia. As a turntable artist he has performed together with various interpreters on the international improvisation scene, as well as a soloist with ensemble and orchestra. He also works in the field of experimental theatre, video art, dance performance and sound installation. Since 1997 Jorge Sánchez-Chiong has been working intensively with young musicians in contemporary music and improvisation workshops.
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