BIOGRAPHY

 
Amadeus Wiesensee is an unusual young musician, with an equilibrium of intellectual and pianistic brilliance. He has abundant talent for both, and he has cultivated each of them systematically and rigorously, pursuing philosophical and musical studies side by side. The result is an extraordinarily interesting musical mind, and a formidable analytical capacity enriched by a strong artistic intuition. I expect remarkably original and important accomplishments from him in the future.
— Matti Raekallio, The Juilliard School

Amadeus Wiesensee was born in 1993 in Würzburg and grew up by the Tegernsee lake in Bavaria. He is one of the new generation of young pianists and has a magnetism all his own. He enthuses his audiences with the intensity of his playing and fascinates his listeners with the highly sensitive, nuanced and virtuosic brilliance of his interpretations. After his debut at the “Europäische Wochen Passau” in 2015, the press enthused: “At just 21 years of age, Amadeus Wiesensee outshone nearly all that had gone before with his trance-like combination of reflection and passion, grandeur and daring, monumentality and charm, while proving his ability to separate pathos from bombast.” (Landshuter Zeitung). It is not only his virtuosity and intelligent rendition that impress; he has an extraordinary talent for communicating, personally compering his concerts when requested.

The highlights of the forthcoming 2016/2017 season include his debut at “Nymphenburger Sommer” in Munich and at the Bologna Festival, concerts at the “Rathauskonzerte Landsberg”, at the Villa Papendorf near by Rostock and numerous chamber music projects with partners such as Sara Kim, Julian Arp and Christoph Henschel.

At the age of eight, Amadeus Wiesensee became a pupil of Prof. Thomas Böckheler at the Richard Strauss Conservatoire in Munich, and from 2007 a junior student with Prof. Karl-Heinz Kämmerling at the Mozarteum in Salzburg. After Kämmerling’s death in 2012 he continued his studies at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Munich with Prof. Antti Siirala and in 2013 was accepted as a member of the “Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes”. Numerous masterclasses with teachers such as Elena Richter, John O’Conor, Robert Levin, Dimitri Bashkirov, Leon Fleisher and Matti Raekallio as well as with Hélène Grimaud at the invitation of the “Symphonieorchester des Bayrischen Rundfunks” have rounded off his training. He gained special and lasting impetus from Alfred Brendel and Till Fellner and still takes guidance from Elisabeth Leonskaja. 

Amadeus Wiesensee has won prizes at German and international youth competitions, including “Jugend musiziert”, the “Karl Lang Competition”, the “Schumann Competition” in Zwickau and the “Klavierpodium” international competition in Munich. He has repeatedly won first prizes and special prizes at the “Jürgen Ponto Stiftung” and the “Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben”. He has played live many times on radio for stations such as BR, WDR and SWR. At 12 years of age, he was awarded the special prize of the Munich Radio Orchestra and performed Mozart’s Piano Concerto K491 for BR Klassik.

In January 2014 he made his debut with the Bayerisches Landesjugendorchester (BLJO) playing the Piano Concerto No. 1 by Franz Liszt in the Philharmonic Hall in the Gasteig Munich, a performance broadcast by BR Klassik. He has played as a soloist with many ensembles including Münchner Rundfunkorchester, Deutsche Streicherphilharmonie, Philharmonisches Orchester der Stadt Heidelberg, Neue Philharmonie Westfalen, Bergische Symphoniker, Bad Reichenhaller Philharmoniker and the BLJO under conductors such as Dimitri Jurowski, Sebastian Tewinkel, Peter Kuhn, Michael Sanderling and Clemens Schuldt.

The young pianist has been charged with premiering the works of many contemporary composers including Wilfried Hiller, John Foulds and Birke Bertelsmeier. 

He has been invited to give concerts at many music festivals including “Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern”, “Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival”, “Würzburger Mozartfest”, “Oleg Kagan Musikfest”, “Schwetzinger Mozarttage”, “Opernfestspiele Gut Immling”, and in many parts of Europe as well as performing on a Central American cruise on the MS EUROPA. In many cases he has been invited to return, as he was by “Kampener Kultursommer”, “Musikwoche Hitzacker”, “Bergische Symphoniker” and the “Europäische Musikwochen” in Passau.

Amadeus Wiesensee’s second great passion alongside the piano is philosophy, a subject he simultaneously studied at the Munich School of Philosophy until July 2015, graduating with the top mark in a Bachelor of Arts.