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Vienna Young Pianists 2016
July 22 – August 1

Piano Master Classes

Jean Muller
Patrick Lechner
Robert Lehrbaumer
Susanna Spaemann


Berthold Foeger – Jazz Piano
Annette Goeres – Voice and breathing for musicians



Friedrich Cerha-Prize
for the best performance of a work by the composer
€ 200,-

Alberto Ginastera-Preis
for an outstanding performance of a work by the composer
€ 200,-

Ferrruccio Busoni-Preis:
for the most convincing performance of a work by the composer
€ 200,-

Enrique Granados-Preis
for an outstanding performance of a work by the composer
€ 200,-

Vienna Young Pianists-Preis
Recital at the International Piano Festival Vienna Young Pianists 2017

Next Generation-Preis
Recital at the Festival Next Generation (Switzerland)



Großer Ehrbarsaal
Mühlgasse 30, 1040 Wien

July 22, 19.30

Opening Recital
with works by W. A. Mozart

July 24, 19.30

with works by Beethoven, Chopin, Tschaikowsky, Stravinsky, Liszt

July 25, 19.30

with works by Bach, Beethoven, Haydn, Chopin, Mendelssohn, Tschaikowsky, Brahms, Liszt

July 27, 19.30

with works by Rameau, Chopin, Brahms, Skrjabin, Ravel, Rachmaninov, Bartók, Jolivet, Crumb, Ligeti, Dutilleux

July 29 and 30, 19.30

Concert of the

August 1, 18.00

with award ceremony


Jean Muller


Jean Muller was born in Luxembourg in 1979. Since 1994, Jean Muller has been awarded no less than twelve first prizes at international competitions among them the unanimously awarded first prize of the renowned “Concours Francis Poulenc” in France.

The international press emphasizes the fact that he uses his exceptional virtuosity in the service of intense, well thought-out interpretations. At the Poulenc Competition, Jean-Claude Pennetier, president of the jury and renowned pianist, said, “Everything is there: fingers, head and heart”. Jean Muller performs regularly at major concert halls worldwide. His sttudio and live recordings are being broadcasted by top braodcasting institutions. Currently he is performing Mozart’s complete piano sonatas in concert.

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Patrick Lechner


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


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 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


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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Annette Goeres


In her 25 years of professional experience, Annette Goeres has established a connection between bodywork and breath work, vocal pedagogy, artistic voice coaching and therapy for highly trained voices, and from it developed her own comprehensive methodology.

In addition to classical singing training more than 20 years ago, she also completed studies in logotherapy, voice therapy and vocal coaching. Various further training courses along with her professional career have also contributed to the extraordinary versatility of her methodology. She initially incorporated artistic voice coaching, Middendorf breath work and functional voice training that she learned with G. Rohmet among others. In the realm of bodywork, she completed courses in the Alexander Technique, the Feldenkrais Method and expressionist dance. Her work as a voice coach for stage and screen has been enriched in workshops and further training courses in acting methodology (with Susan Baston, among others) and improvisation theatre (with Keith Johnstone). Her methodology has been enhanced by psychological training in Arnold Mindell’s process work and further training courses with Lane Arye.

Annette Goeres is a lecturer at the Folkwang University of the Arts in Essen and the University of the Arts Berlin, a guest lecturer at the Academy of Music Berlin and the Jazz Institute Berlin, and active in theatres, drama schools and various film productions. She also offers seminars on creative presentation. In addition to her wide range of workshops at institutions and private seminars in Europe and beyond, she also works as a freelancer in her own studio.

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