May 9, 2014

Friday-8:00pm | University of North Carolina School of Music, Theatre and Dance - Recital Hall

Alexander Schimpf, piano
Dmitry Sitkovetsky, violin
Greensboro Symphony String Quartet
Greensboro Symphony musicians

ProgramAlexander Schimpf

“Serenade for Five Stars”

Wolf Italian Serenade for String quartet
Greensboro Symphony String Quartet

Dvorak Piano Quintet op. 81 A-dur
Alexander Schimpf, piano Dmitry Sitkovetsky, violin
Greensboro Symphony musicians


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About the guest artist:

Alexander Schimpf

Over the past few years Alexander Schimpf has risen to prominence by impressively winning a series of competitions, first winning the 2008 German Music Competition (a distinction no pianist had earned for 14 years), winning First Prize at the 2009 International Beethoven Competition in Vienna and finally emerging as the first German pianist ever to win First Prize at the 2011 Cleveland International Piano Competition. His final round performance at Severance Hall with the renowned Cleveland Orchestra was given a standing ovation and additionally honored with the Audience Favorite Prize. Since winning these notable awards, Alexander Schimpf’s career has gained momentum with regular appearances at important music centers around the world. In 2011 alone he gave debut recitals at the Vienna Konzerthaus, Berlin’s Konzerthaus and at Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Hall in New York.

Born in Göttingen, Germany in 1981, he initially studied piano with Wolfgang Manz in Hannover and subsequently studied with Winfried Apel at the Musikhochschule Dresden as well as with Bernd Glemser in Würzburg. The pianists Cécile Ousset and Janina Fialkowska also played an important role in his artistic development.

He has performed in recital throughout Germany (including appearances at Gasteig München, NDR Hannover, Beethovenhaus Bonn, Musik-und Kongresshalle Lübeck) as well as at festivals such as Oberstdorfer Musiksommer, Heidelberger Frühling and the Ludwigsburger Schlossfestspiele. Mr. Schimpf has appeared in recital in France (Auditorium du Louvre and Salle Cortot in Paris), Italy, Austria, Switzerland, and England as well as undertaking two recital tours of South America. He made his debut appearance at Carnegie Hall in December 2011, with many additional recital and concert appearances planned in the United States.

His engagements through 2013 include appearances as a soloist with the St. Petersburg Marinsky Theatre Orchestra, the Junge Deutsche Philharmonie in the great auditorium of the Alte Oper Frankfurt, and with the Dresden Philharmonic; in addition Alexander Schimpf will give recital performances at the International Keyboard Festival in New York and the International Chopin Festival in Duszniki, Poland. His chamber musician partners include the violinist Christian Tetzlaff, violist Nils Mönkemeyer, and cellist Julian Steckel.

Released in 2009, his first CD was co-produced by Deutschlandradio Kultur and GENUIN; in a co-production with Bayrischer Rundfunk, in early 2012 he completed his second CD recording as an exclusive artist on the OEHMS Classics label. The disc features works by Ravel, Scriabin, and Schubert. For more information, please visit:


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