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Otterbein University to Host Guest Pianist Alexander Schimpf

March 13, 2017
Otterbein University

Westerville, OH—The Otterbein University Department of Music will host guest pianist Alexander Schimpf at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, March 29, in Riley Auditorium at the Battelle Fine Arts Center, 170 W. Park St. Schimpf will perform works by Beethoven, Chopin, Brahms, and Schubert. Earlier that day, Schimpf also will present a masterclass from 9:30-11:30 a.m. Both events are free and open to the public. 

More information about the Otterbein University Department of Music and its concert schedule can be found at http://www.otterbein.edu/music. For more information about this event, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/230987820669670/.

About the Artist
Over the past few years Alexander Schimpf has risen to prominence by 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 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, Schimpf’s career has gained momentum with regular appearances at important music centers around the world. He gave debut performances at the Vienna Konzerthaus, Berlin’s Konzerthaus, Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Hall in New York, the Marinsky Concert Hall in St. Petersburg, the Great Hall of Alte Oper in Frankfurt, and the Munich Philharmonic Hall.

Born in Germany in 1981, Schimpf 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.

Schimpf has performed in recital throughout Germany as well as in France (Auditorium du Louvre and Salle Cortot in Paris), Italy, Austria, Switzerland, Poland, England, Russia, and several times in South America. He made his debut appearance at Carnegie Hall in December 2011 and has been performing in the United States frequently since then. He was invited to play recitals in Cleveland, Indianapolis, Boston, Chicago and Washington, D.C., among others, and received engagements as soloist by numerous symphony orchestras throughout the country.

His engagements in Europe in the recent seasons included appearances as a soloist with the St. Petersburg Marinsky Theatre Orchestra, the Junge Deutsche Philharmonie, the Dresden Philharmonic, and the Prague Philharmonia Orchestra. Schimpf has collaborated with noted chamber music partners, including violinist Christian Tetzlaff, cellist Julian Steckel, and the American String Quartet. Released in 2009, his first CD was co-produced by Deutschlandradio Kultur and GENUIN. His second CD recording (as an exclusive artist on the OEHMS Classics label) features works by Ravel, Scriabin, and Schubert and was released in January 2013. A third CD was released in January 2015, presenting works by Brahms, Debussy, and Beethoven. In November 2013, Schimpf was presented with the Bavarian State Award for the Advancement of the Arts in Munich.

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