SATURDAY, 13 APRIL 2019 20:15



Joseph Haydn
Variations in F minor (Hob.XVII:6)

Robert Schumann
Fantasy in C major Op.17

Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy
Variations sérieuses in D minor Op.54

Ludwig van Beethoven
Sonata No.31 in A-flat major Op.110

Amadeus Wiesensee, one of the most promising young German pianists of his generation, performs a recital with classical and romantic masterpieces including a.o. Schumann’s Fantasy in C major Op.17, one of the composer’s greatest works for solo piano.

Amadeus Wiesensee (1993) made his debut with the Münchner Rundfunkorchester at the age of twelve. He fascinates his audiences with the highly sensitive, nuanced intensity of his interpretations and his intelligent, virtuosic renditions. Highlights of 2018 include a.o. his debut at the Klavier-Festival Ruhr and St. Martin-in-the-fields.

After his debut at the Europäische Wochen Passau in 2015, the press enthused: “At just 21 years of age, Amadeus Wiesensee outshone nearly all that had gone before with his trance-like combination of reflection and passion, grandeur and daring, monumentality and charm, while proving his ability to separate pathos from bombast.” (Landshuter Zeitung)

He has been invited to give concerts at many music festivals including Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival, Rheingau Musik Festival, Oxford Piano Festival, Würzburger Mozartfest, Oleg Kagan Musikfest, Schwetzinger Mozarttage, Opernfestspiele Gut Immling, Kampener Kultursommer and Musikwoche Hitzacker.

In January 2014 he made his debut with the Bayerisches Landesjugendorchester playing the Piano Concerto No. 1 by Franz Liszt in the Philharmonic Hall in the Gasteig Munich, a performance broadcast by BR-Klassik. He has played as a soloist with many ensembles including Deutsche Streicherphilharmonie, Philharmonisches Orchester der Stadt Heidelberg, Neue Philharmonie Westfalen, Bergische Symphoniker, Bad Reichenhaller Philharmoniker and the Bayerisches Landesjugendorchester under conductors such as Dimitri Jurowski, Michael Sanderling, Sebastian Tewinkel, Peter Kuhn and Clemens Schuldt.

At the age of eight, Amadeus became a pupil of Thomas Böckheler at the Richard Strauss Conservatory in Munich, and from 2007 a junior student with Karl-Heinz Kämmerling at the Mozarteum in Salzburg. After Kämmerling’s passing in 2012 he continued his studies at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Munich with Antti Siirala, and in 2013 he was accepted as a member of the Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes. Numerous masterclasses with teachers such as Richard Goode, John O’Conor, Robert Levin, Dimitri Bashkirov, Leon Fleisher, Matti Raekallio and Hélène Grimaud have enriched his playing, gaining special and lasting impetus from Alfred Brendel, Till Fellner and Elisabeth Leonskaja. 

Amadeus has obtained First Prizes at German and international youth competitions, including Jugend Musiziert, the Karl Lang Competition, the Schumann Competition in Zwickau and the Klavierpodium International Competition in Munich. He has won special prizes at the Jürgen Ponto Stiftung and the Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben, and played live on radio for stations such as BR, WDR and SWR. At 12 years of age, he was awarded the special prize of the Münchner Rundfunkorchester and performed Mozart’s Piano Concerto K. 491 for BR-Klassik.

Amadeus’ second great passion alongside the piano is philosophy, a subject he simultaneously studied at the Munich School of Philosophy until July 2015, graduating with the top mark in a Bachelor of Arts.