gottlieb wallisch

The Eternal City of Music, Vienna's Proud Orthodox
Outstanding performance, talent at the peak at a young age is guaranteed


A notable recent activity of Wallisch is that, in addition to his performance on the modern piano, in recent years he has concentrated on the field of historical interpretation on the early piano, with works by Christopher Hogwood, Camerata Salzburg and Martin・Collaboration with the Vienna Academy Orchestra conducted by Haselbeck.

In 2020, a 3-CD set of <Complete Beethoven Piano Concertos> performed on Beethoven era instruments was released.

Born in 1978 in a family of musicians in Vienna, he studied at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna from the age of six, studying under Heinz Mezimorek and graduating from the same university with excellent grades. At the age of 7, he performed in concerts, and at the age of 12 he made his debut in the Vienna Musikverein "Golden Hall". Wallisch says that masters such as Heinz Medimorek, Pascal Devaillon and Oleg Meisenberg paved the way for music. He has won numerous awards, including first prize at the Stravinsky Award in the United States, the Ivo Pogorelich Grand Prize, the Queen Elisabeth International Competition in 1999, and a finalist at the Clara Haskil Piano Competition in 2005.

In a concert conducted by Yehudi Menuhin, 17-year-old Wallisch performed with Poland's Sinfonia Varsovia. He began his international career performing Beethoven's "Emperor" Concerto.

Since then, Wallish has been invited to the world's most prestigious concert halls and music festivals. He has appeared in the world's leading concert halls and festivals, including Carnegie Hall in New York, Wigmore in London, Beethovenfest in Bonn, and festivals in Lucerne and Salzburg.

Conductors with whom he has performed as soloist include Giuseppe Sinopoli, Sir Neville Marriner, Dennis Russell Davis and Kirill Petrenko. Orchestras he has performed with include the Vienna Philharmonic, the Vienna Symphony, the Mahler Youth Orchestra, and the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra.

He has recorded with top labels such as Lynn Records and Deutsche Grammophon, and was registered as a "Steinway Artist" in 2012.

In October 2016, he was appointed professor of piano at the University of the Arts Berlin (UdK Berlin).

Prior to that, from 2010 to 2016 he was Professor of Piano at the HEM Genève-Neuchâtel, and in 2013 he was Visiting Professor at the Franz Liszt Conservatory in Budapest. In addition, he has given master classes at the University of Illinois, Nagoya College of Music, St. Petersburg Conservatory, Mozarteum Salzburg International Summer Academy, and others.

Criticism of past performances

It draws you in from the very first note... extremely clear, crystal clear tones, supremely accurate and full of emotion.
(Austrian daily Die Presse)

It is clear that he has very strong, agile, and determined fingers.
(BBC Music Magazine)

Wallisch's Schubert proves that he has a true understanding of the composer. A light and sparkling touch, a singing melody, and a flowing melody that is unique to Schubert.
(American fanfare magazine)

Wallish overcomes all the technical challenges a pianist could hope for in conveying music. He played with a powerful touch, supple, supple, agile, and unsurpassed precision.
(Frederick L. Kirschnit's review of the 2002 Carnegie Hall performance)

With the Cologne Chamber Orchestra, Wallisch proved himself to be an exceptional performer of Mozart. Not only does he bring out Mozart's story-telling music in the Piano Concerto K537, but it's also brilliant and nuanced. The encore of Schubert's impromptu in F minor received a standing ovation for its splendor.
(Germany Neue Ruhr/Rhein Zeitung)

Wallisch played Mozart's Concerto No. 25 in its exquisite elegance. Create music with a relaxed and calm demeanor. Accompanied by a warm, round tone and a richly varied touch, his delicate and powerful performance is unparalleled. He accurately grasps the music of this song and has his own flavor.
(Eindhovens Dagblad, Dutch Eindhoven Darkblad)

The beauty of sophisticated tone, excellent expressiveness and unwavering technique.
(Spanish newspaper El Mundo)

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