Roland Krüger
piano | Germany, °1973
 
PIANO 1999 : Laureate
A former stipendiary of the prestigious Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes, Roland Krüger won the Wartburg-Wettbewerb in Eisenach in 1999 and subsequently proved his international standing in 2001, when he was awarded the First Prize of the jury and the Audience’s Award at the Concours de Genève, being the first pianist after eleven years to receive the jury’s prize. After his performances of Schumann and Bartók with the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande under Fabio Luisi in the Victoria Hall in Geneva, the critics praised his pianistic mastery, his musical authority and his ability of partnership and dialogue with the orchestra.

Today a professor at the Musikhochschule Hannover, Roland Krüger studied with Oleg Maisenberg, Krystian Zimerman and Karl-Heinz Kämmerling. His artistic development was further enhanced by masterclasses with Lazar Berman, John O’Conor and John Perry.

Besides his solo activities with renowned orchestras and countless recitals, Roland Krüger is a passionate chamber musician and as such partner with distinguished players of nearly all instruments. He regularly performs in important international venues such as the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels, the Brucknerhaus in Linz or the Musikhalle in Hamburg. As a soloist, he worked with orchestras such as the Orchestre National de Belgique, the Radio-Philharmonie Hannover des NDR, the Basler Sinfonie-Orchester or the Klassische Philharmonie Bonn under conductors like Dennis Russell Davies, Othmar Maga, Eiji Oue oder Marc Soustrot.

Roland Krüger is a regular guest at international festivals, such as the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival, the Rheingau Musik Festival, the Klassik Musikfest Mühlviertel, the Brühler Schlosskonzerte, the Festival di Ravello or the Festival de la Habana in Cuba. In recent years, he has also developed projects in collaboration with distinguished German actors Christian Quadflieg and Bernt Hahn. His musical activities include works of almost the entire occidental music history, showing his particular interest in composition technique and questions of music theory.

Roland Krüger’s work has been documented in countless radio and television broadcasts. He recorded Debussy’s Études for Ars Musici and received raving reviews. In summer 2010, his new CD “Roland Krüger live” has been published by paladino music.
Audio
Programme
Final (25/05/1999)
Uljas Voitto Pulkkis Tears of Ludovico
Ludwig van Beethoven Sonata n. 10 in G major op. 14/2
Franz Liszt Concerto n. 1 in E flat major
Roland Krüger, piano
National Orchestra of Belgium, dir. Marc Soustrot
Semi-final (11/05/1999)
Carl Czerny "Variations on ""Sehnsuchtswalzer""" op. 12
Boudewijn Cox Prelude
Igor Stravinsky Three movements from Petrushka
Ludwig van Beethoven Sonata n. 23 in F minor op. 57
Karlheinz Stockhausen Klavierstück IX
Roland Krüger, piano
Piano 2020 postponed to May 2021
How the competition unfolds
H.M. Queen Mathilde
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