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Vienna Young Pianists 2013
July 21 – August 1

Piano Master Classes

Paul Badura-Skoda
Mami Morimoto
Paul Gulda
Masahi Katayama
Susanna Spaemann


Annette Goeres Breathing and voice for pianists
Johannes Tappert Mental Practising for Musicians
Jorge Sánchez-Chiong Improvisation
Berthold Foeger Jazz Piano



Großer Ehrbarsaal
Mühlgasse 30, 1040 Vienna

Piano Recitals

July 24, 2013, 19.30
July 25, 2013, 19.30
July 26, 2013, 19.30

Concerts of Participants

July 27, 2013, 11.00
July 29, 2013, 19.30
July 31, 2013, 19.30

Final Concert with Award Ceremony

August 1, 2013, 18.00


Paul Badura-Skoda


Paul Badura-Skoda is one of the most important pianists of the last few generations. He has performed on the world’s most prestigious stages – including Carnegie and the Golden Hall of the Musikverein – and with the world’s leading orchestras. Born in Vienna in 1927, he entered the Vienna Conservatory in 1945, and two years later won first prize at the Austrian Music Competition. The prize was master classes with Edwin Fischer, the beginning of a long and fruitful relationship. In 1949, Wilhelm Furtwängler and Herbert von Karajan recognized his extraordinary talent and invited him to perform. Besides Furtwängler and Karajan, Baruda-Skoda has worked with the most eminent conductors, such as Karl Böhm, Joseph Krips, Hans Knappertsbusch, Hermann Scherchen, Georg Szell, Sir Georg Solti, Lorin Maazel, Kent Nagano, Seiji Ozawa and John Elliot Gardiner.
Additional to his prolific concert and teaching schedule, his enormous repertoire has been recorded on more than 200 records and about 100 CDs, which include complete cycles of the piano sonatas of Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert. and period pianos. As well as his pianistic activities, Baruda-Skoda is conductor and composer and has written several books on various musical topics.
In acknowledgement of his unique and glittering accomplishments as a musical artist, Baruda-Skoda has received many prestigious national and international honors:1975 Austrian honour cross of arts and sciences, 1978 bestowal of the “Bösendorfer Ring”, 1988 gold medal of the city of Vienna, 1939 appointment as Knight of the Legion of Honour, 1997 appointment as "Commandeur des Arts et des Lettres", 2006 award of the honorary doctorate by the State University of Music in Mannheim/Germany, 2007 order of merit for services rendered to the Republic of Austria, 2010 Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú, 2013.Honour by the Music Academy of Krakow.
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Susanna Spaemann


Susanna Spaemann is artistic director of the international piano festival, “Vienna Young Pianists”, founded by her in 2005. Born in Muenster, Germany, she studied piano performance with Anton Czizek and piano pedagogy with Brian Lamport at the Mozarteum University in Salzburg, Austria. At the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna, Susanna Spaemann completed her studies with Harald Ossberger and Klára Harrer-Baranyi. Advanced training in the fields of physiology and mental training for musicians, she received at the department of performing Arts Medicine at the University of Music in Berlin. The influence of Peter Feuchtwanger, Noel Flores, and others continues to inform both her playing and teaching.
Settled in Vienna, she concertizes throughout Europe and Japan as a soloist, chamber musician and lied accompanist, previously also with her former husband, Stephan Möller. In 2000, Susanna Spaemann was appointed as piano professor at the Prayner Conservatory of Music and Drama in Vienna. Always concerned to emphasise the individuality of each of her students through her teaching, she is much in demand as a pedagogue for exceptionally gifted young pianists. She is frequently invited to hold master classes and to act as a jury member in various piano competitions in and outside Europe. Her students have been first prize winners at national and international competitions.
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Paul Gulda


Paul Gulda was born in Vienna in 1961. He started playing the piano at the age of 8, under the tutelage of jazz pianists Fritz Pauer and Roland Batik. After absorbing further influences from his father, Friedrich Gulda, Leonid Brumberg, and Rudolf Serkin, he was able to establish a rich, unique musical identity.
Since 1982, Gulda has featured internationally as a soloist, chamber musician, improviser and composer. Further to his purely musical interests, he has devised and co-produced several multimedia programs that combined music with literature, and, more rarely, painting. His interest in music history has led him to produce a program demonstrating the influence of gipsy music on Haydn, as well as contributing to the commemoration of the liberation of Mauthausen camp in 1999. Since 1998 he has given master classes in many countries, and was a visiting professor at Vienna Music University from 2001 to 2003. Great musicians, such as Martha Argerich, Chick Corea, the Hagen Quartet and Japanese Jazz pianist Makoto Ozone, as well as conductors Zubin Mehta, Kurt Masur and Yehudi Menuhin, have worked with him. He has recorded around 20 CDs covering a wide range of repetiore; most recently the complete Violin/Piano works by Brahms (Octavia Japan) and piano music by Szymanowski (MDG, Germany).
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Mami Morimoto


Mami Morimoto was born in Shiga, Japan. Even in her earliest years, she became known as a child prodegy at the piano. She also won prizes for her compositions. She received her musical education at the Ishiyama Music High School and at the University of Music and Arts in Okinawa, Japan. Mami Morimoto is 1st prize winner of the „Okiden Sugarhall International Music Competition“ in Japan. As a much sought after pianist Mami Morimoto is frequently invited to give recitals all over Japan and in Europe. She has made a particular name for herself as an interpreter of Impressionist and Spanish piano music. She is equaly in demand as a piano teacher and regularly invited to give master classes and to participate as a judge in competitons.
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Masahi Katayama


The virtuoso pianist is an expert in Russian piano music interpretation was born in Japan. Masahi Katayama studied piano performance at the University of Music “Mozarteum” in Salzburg. He continued his studies at the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory and graduated at the University of Music and Drama in Hannover/Germany. The sought after pianist is prize winner of several international competitions such as „Citta di Senigallia“, „F. Busoni“ (Bolzano) und „Marguerite Long“ (Paris). More than 50 recitals per year as well as numerous CD productions (f. e. Skrjabin and Mussorgsky) show the artistic activities of the virtuoso artist.
Besides his pianistic career, Masahi Katayama is in great demand as a pedagogue. First he had a position as an assistant of the renowned pianist and piano professor Andrei Gavrilov at the University of Music in Hannover. Currently Masahi Katayama is a piano professor at the University of Arts in Osaka/Japan. He is frequently invited to hold masterclasses and being a jury member of numerous piano competitions in Japan and abroad.
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Johannes Tappert


Born in 1956 in Germany, the classical guitarist Johannes Tappert studied with Professor Dieter Kreidler in Wuppertal and Professor Hans-Michael Koch in Hannover, Germany. As a soloist and sought after chamber musician, Johannes Tappert has been performing in live concerts as well as in radio broadcastings, television productions and CD recordings He has been a member of the “Würzburger Gitarrentrio” for 9 years.
Since 1993, Johannes Tappert has been working as a coach trainer, presenting seminars on practicing and mental training for music students. Since 2010, he has become a faculty member of the Kurt Singer Institut Berlin, holding advanced trainings for musicians. Starting his educational career in 1981, Johannes Tappert has been teaching at the Würzburg Conservatory of Music and as guest professor at the State-Academy of Arts in Bremen, Germany. Since 1982, he has been teaching at the music training college in Bad Königshofen, Germany. Much as in demand as a Jury member in solo and chamber music competitions, Johannes Tappert is also an editor of solo and chamber music literature. He has invented the economic playing assistance for acoustic guitars, the ErgoPlay.
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Jorge Sanchez-Chiong


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 ensembles 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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Annette Goeres


During 25 years of professional experience, Annette Goeres has achieved a synthesis of the disciplines of breathing training, singing tuition and speech training and has developed her own comprehensive method. Alongside her classical singing studies she completed a training as vocal and speech therapist. Further education in Alexander technique, Feldenkrais and modern dance has contributed to the unusual versatility of her method. Her work as voice coach for film and stage, workshops and further training in the areas of acting methodology and theatrical improvisation, and training in Process Work have further broadened and enriched her approach.
Anette Goeres is a lecturer at the Folkwang University in Essen, at the University of Arts in Berlin and is guest professor at the Hanns Eisler University of Music in Berlin. She also teaches at theatres and acting schools and is active in a variety of film productions. As well as giving workshops at various institutions and private seminars throughout Europe she also works in a freelance capacity at her own studio.
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Berthold Foeger


Born in Upper Austria, Berhold Foeger 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. 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.
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