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Vienna Young Pianists 2015
July 25 – August 5

Piano Master Classes

Masahi Katayama
Patrick Lechner
Robert Lehrbaumer
Susanna Spaemann
Berthold Foeger

Chamber Music Master Class Piano/Strings

Susanna Spaemann
Konstantin Weitz

Workshops

Berthold Foeger Jazz Klavier
Leonhard Kubizek Awaken a Genius Within

 

Faculties
Masahi Katayama

MASAHI KATAYAMA (j,d,e,r)

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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Patrick Lechner

PATRICK LECHNER (g,e,i,s,c)

Born in Austria, Patrick Lechner studied in Salzburg, Munich and Vienna. Among his teachers were Karl-Heinz Kämmerling, Thomas Böckheler and Noel Flores. Lechner won several awards in national and international competitions. In addition, he was awarded the Bösendorfer Scholarship of the music university in Vienna and the "Großer Steinway Förderpreis" in Munich. He took part in masterclasses with Zoltan Kocsis, Mikhail Voskressensky, Emanuel Ax, Lylia Zilberstein and Philippe Entremont, as well as in the International Piano Academy of Sergei Babayan in Cleveland and in the Beethoven-masterclass of the Wilhelm-Kempff-Stiftung in Positano with John O' Conor.

Patrick Lechner frequently concertises throughout Europe, in the USA, Korea and China. He collaborated with prominent musicians, such as the conductor Martin Wettges, Maxim Heller, the violinist Ekatherina Frolova and the Tenor Erkan Aki.

Lechner is a sought after pedagogue and was appointed professor at the Tyrolean State Conservatory, the Yeungnam University in South Korea and Hunan First Normal University in China. His students won several top awards at the German and Austrian competitions “Jugend musiziert” and “Prima la musica”. Patrick Lechner regularly holds master classes in Europe, China and Korea, among them at the Austrian Music Festival „Allegro Vivo“. He is also in demand as a jury member for the major German national competition „Jugend musiziert“.

Patrick Lechner is currently pursuing his doctoral degree on a full scholarship at the College-Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati, USA, under Awadagin Pratt.

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Robert Lehrbaumer

ROBERT LEHRBAUMER (g,e)

Born in Vienna, Robert Lehrbaumer studied music at the Vienna University of Music and Drama, piano with G. Schwarzbauer, H. Schwertmann and H. Medjimorec, organ with R. Scholz, conducting with O. Suitner and composition with T. Ch. David.
Prizes in numerous competitions, especially Geneva 1985, and scholarships by Bösendorfer and the Alban Berg Stiftung distinguished the young interpreter.

Robert Lehrbaumer is performing as a soloist as well as a conductor with the Vienna Philharmonic, the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, the Vienna Radio Symphonic Orchestra, the Bruckner Orchestra/Linz the Mozarteum Orchestra/Salzburg, the Camerata Salzburg, the Vienna Chamber Orchestra, Ensemble "die reihe" and with many foreign orchestras. He has been appearing as a solois with conductors such as Claudio Abbado, Yehudi Menuhin, Sandor Végh, André Previn and Leopold Hager. Musical partnerships have brought him together with Kurt Equiluz, Rudolf Schock, Adrian Eröd, Friedrich Gulda, Michael Heltau, Robert Holl, Renate Holm, Angelika Kirchschlager, Helmut Lohner, Elfriede Ott, Erika Pluhar, Ildiko Raimondi, Wolfgang Schneiderhan, Anton Dermota, Walter Berry, Angelika Kirchschlager, Bo Skovhus, Philippe Entremont and others.

Robert Lehrbaumer pursued his careers as an organist and as a pianist and as a conductor simultaneously. His special piano-organ-recitals, also with orchestras, are very popular events for which he gets rave reviews. He has participated in numerous festivals such as the Vienna Festival, Salzburg Festival, Brucknerfest/Linz, Carinthian Summer/Ossiach, Luzern Music Festival, the Nürnberg Organ Week, Festival Cervantino/ Mexico. In addition, Robert Lehrbaumer has made recordings for radio and TV stations, LP and CD (Sony, RCA-Ariola/Red Seal, Amadeo, ORF, Belvedere, KKM, Preiser Records); he has starred in films and videos.

He teaches at international master courses in Austria and abroad and holds master classes at the University of Music in Vienna and at Universities in USA and Mexico and Asia. He is professor at the Prayner Conservatory in Vienna - among his students are prize winners of international competitions. He is also member and president of juries of international competitions.

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Susanna Spaemann

SUSANNA SPAEMANN (g,e)

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 Czjzek 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. She received advanced training in the fields of physiology and mental training for musicians at the department of performing Arts Medicine at the University of Music in Berlin. The influence of Peter Feuchtwanger, Noel Flores, Paul Badura-Skoda 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.

In 2000, Susanna Spaemann was appointed as piano professor at the Prayner Conservatory of Music and Drama in Vienna, where she teaches piano and chamber music. Several of her students are prize winners of national and international competions.

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. Susanna Spaemann is frequently invited to hold master classes and to act as a jury member in various piano competitions in and outside Europe, such as Blüthner Piano Competition in Austria, Münchner Klavierpodium in Germany, Brin d'Herbe Orléans in France, Ahorn Piano Competition in Japan.

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Berthold Foeger

BERTHOLD FOEGER (g,e)

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. 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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