The year: 1989. The story: one of the most curious in Germany’s academic history. Young pianist Bernd Glemser was appointed
as the country’s youngest professor. Still a student of Russian piano teacher Vitaly Margulis at that time, he had to officially leave college to take the post, but was, however, given the comforting notice that he would be allowed to complete his examinations
during the following two years…
One of the few opportunities that piano students
have to perform internationally – above all with orchestras – is during the course of competitions. For this reason, the young pianist
travelled the entire world until 1987 and unknowingly broke a record that has been on the books since 1890: he won 17 competitions
and special prizes in a row (e.g. Busoni, Callas, Cortot, Montréal, Rubinstein, Sidney, Tschaikowsky, and finally the ARD competition)!
“The prize money allowed me to buy my first grand piano…”
Since then, Bernd Glemser has concertized
throughout the world, from Chile to China, where in 1996 he was the first Western
musician to perform live on television (naturally, Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1). His exceptionally broad repertoire, ranging from baroque to modern, makes Bernd Glemser one of today’s elite pianists. Not only is he credited with breathtaking virtuosity,
his extreme poetic sensibility is also highly praised. His concerts are regularly broadcast around the world.
Almost all previously released 30 CD recordings
have received awards from trade journals.
The pianist has a particular affinity for the works of Sergei Rachmaninov. This makes Glemser the obvious choice for Wolfgang Sawallisch to have invited to perform
the composer’s Piano Concerto No. 3 with the Philadelphia orchestra. The ensemble,
which recorded with Rachmaninov during the composer’s lifetime, celebrated its 100th birthday with this work. A long journey for a boy from the hills of Southern Germany, who often had to ski to his piano lessons…
In addition to his many awards, Bernd Glemser received the Andor Foldes Prize in 1992 and the European Pianist’s Prize in 1993 in Zurich.
In 2003, he was awarded the Federal Cross of Merit by German President Rau.
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