A native of Stadtoldendorf, Germany, Henrike Brüggen began playing the piano as a six-year-old. She became a pupil of Heidi Köhler (Hanover) when she was 15.
After completing her secondary schooling, she continued studying with Heidi Köhler and subsequently with Karl-Heinz Kämmerling at the Hanover Musikhochschule. After earning a Bachelor of Music degree with honors, Henrike Brüggen continued her studies at the Detmold Musikhochschule under Anatol Ugorski, and completed her piano performance degree there.
Henrike Brüggen has been a lecturer at the Musikhochschule in Hanover, the Musikhochschule in Munich and at the Leopold- Mozart-Zentrum in Augsburg.
She has earned commendations at several piano competitions, including the Steinway Piano Competition, the nationwide “Jugend musiziert” competition in the solo piano and chamber music categories and at the International Piano Campus Competition in Paris. She was also a scholarship recipient of the Oskar and Vera Ritter Foundation and German Music Competition for Soloists (Berlin), and was chosen to perform in the German Music Council's National Selection of Concerts for Young Artists.
Henrike Brüggen has performed as a soloist with ensembles such as Sinfonia Varsovia and the Göttingen Symphony Orchestra, and appeared at many music festivals including the Schwetzingen and Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festivals. She has also recorded with the Deutschland Radio, NDR and SWR broadcasters. Henrike Brüggen gained valuable artistic impetus from internationally recognized artists and ensembles such as Sándor Falvai, Gyöngyi Keveházi, Thomas Brandis, the Alban Berg Quartet, Hatto Beyerle and Ulf Schneider.
She has long been dedicated to chamber music performance. In 2007, Henrike Brüggen and violinist Marie Radauer-Plank founded Duo Brüggen-Plank and have performed successfully in Germany and abroad ever since. Henrike Brüggen also performs with a wide range of ensembles and chamber music groups.
Photography: Irčne Zandel
The Artist's Homepage: https://www.brueggenplank.de
Works for Violin and Piano
Marie Radauer-Plank, Violin - Henrike Brüggen, Piano