Sunday, February 19th, 2017
CSO Concert Hall
Organised by Altus Arts & Culture, APF is welcoming Austrian pianist Ingolf Wunder on February 19th, at PSO concert hall. Ingolf Wunder achieved worldwide recognition at the 2010 International Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw, winning Second Prize and several special awards including Best Prize for Concerto, Best Prize for Polonaise Fantasy and the audience award. Born on 8 September 1985 in Klagenfurt (Austria), Ingolf Wunder had his first music lessons at the age of four, on the violin. He had reached a high level of proficiency when, around 14 years of age his talent for the piano was discovered by a teacher who urged him to dedicate himself to the keyboard instrument. Ingolf Wunder gave up violin after ten years of playing, left Klagenfurt Music Conservatory and began intensive piano studies at the Linz Music University under prof. Horst Matthaeus, the same who had advised Wunder to change the intrument. Half a year later Ingolf Wunder participated in his first youth piano competition (VII Concorso Internazionale di Musica, in Cortemillia, Italy) winning 1st Prize. In the next few months he won 1st Prizes at the XVI European Music Competition in Torino (Italy), 63. Steinway Piano Competition in Hamburg (Germany) and a few more. Since his success in the 2010 Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw, Ingolf Wunder has been touring and enriching his musical world on many levels. In January 2011 he signed an exclusive recording contract with Deutsche Grammophon. To widen his horizon he decided to undertake additionally conducting studies, which he continued externally until the end of 2012 between his piano performances. He remains in a contact with his mentor, Adam Harasiewicz and other authorities of the piano scene for artistic advise. He has performed with Vienna Symphonics, London Chamber Orchestra, Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra, Warsaw Philharmonics, NHK Symphony Orchestra, Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra New Russia and many others.