Axel Gremmelspacher, Piano
Born in Freiburg in 1974, pianist Axel Gremmelspacher performs a varied repertoire as both a soloist and chamber musician. His programs present twentieth- and twenty-first-century music alongside traditional works in a dramatically compelling way, and his vision of traditional and contemporary art music is also significantly influenced by hisexperience as a jazz pianist.
His artistic horizon encompasses not only piano recitals, but also projects that combine music and literature, focusing on such figures as Jean Paul and Stefan Zweig, as well as works like Mathias Spahlinger’s farben der frühe for seven pianos.
Solo appearances and collaborations with chamber music partners including Lucas Fels, Julia Brembeck-Adler, Irmela Roelcke, Tomislav Nedelkovic-Baynov, and Zoltán Kovács have taken him to many countries throughout Europe as well as to Canada and Hong Kong. As a soloist he has performed with such ensembles as the Toronto Wind Orchestra, Mainz Chamber Orchestra, and Württemberg Chamber Orchestra Heilbronn.
His artistic work is featured in numerous CD productions, including the first recording of Mathias Spahlinger’s farben der frühe for seven pianos. Radio broadcasts of his concerts and recordings can be heard on Deutschlandradio, Bayerischer Rundfunk, Norddeutscher Rundfunk, Südwestrundfunk, Radio Bremen, and Hessischer Rundfunk.
After teaching at the Trossingen University of Music and the University of Church Music of the Diocese of Rottenburg-Stuttgart, he was appointed Professor of Piano at the Frankfurt University of Music and Performing Arts in 2010.
Gremmelspacher studied in Freiburg, Boston, and Hanover with Robert Levin, Raymond Santisi, James Avery, and David Wilde, as well as with John Perry in Toronto on a scholarship from the Rotary Foundation and the Canadian government. He also won a scholarship from the German Music Competition and participated in the German Young Artists Concerts. He has drawn further artistic inspiration from master classes with Leon Fleisher, André Laplante, Marc Durand, Wolfram Christ, Hansheinz Schneeberger, Jörg Widmann, and Robert Aitken.
Photo: Lutz Sternstein
The Artist's Homepage: http://www.axelgremmelspacher.de/
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