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Ulrich Urban's virtuosity and deep musical understanding was breathtakingly beautiful ... and had the appreciative audience in ecstasy.

 (Gazette, Johannesburg , Southafrika)

a few hundred Washingtonians heard Ulrich Urban masterfully play Mendelssohn ... electrifyingly yet effortlessly.

 (DC Art Travel Examiner, Washington , DC , USA)

 

Biography

 

 

 

Born in Frankfurt/Oder, Germany, the artist studied piano at the Leipzig Hochschule für Musik (Conservatory) with Günter Kootz and conducting with Rolf Reuter. Subsequently, he has taught at this institution, being promoted to full Professor of Piano in 1991, after the fall of the Wall.

 

With his first performances of Bach, he garnered glowing reviews and he was engaged by several recording companies. Other great names associated with Leipzig’s musical tradition, such as Mendelssohn, Schumann, and Wagner, and last but not least, Max Reger, appear regularly in his recitals.


Ulrich Urban has performed piano concerti with more than forty orchestras, among whom are the Hamburg and the Dresden Philharmonics, the Leipzig Gewandhaus, the Berlin Symphony Orchestra, the Weimar Staatskapelle, as well as orchestras in Europe and beyond European borders, such as in Southern Africa. German Radio productions account for twenty of the thirty-five different piano concerti in his repertoire, in addition to other repertoire, included in over one hundred sixty broadcasts.

 

Concurrently to his activity as a solo pianist, he also conducted many orchestras in Germany. This experience reinforced his tonal color at the keyboard and. musical concepts


Concurrently to his radio performances of the piano concerti of C. Ph. E. Bach, Haydn, Dvorak, Pfitzner, Reger and Strauss, his spoken commentary has added new insights, as they have in special productions using the pianos of such Leipzig manufacturers as Blüthner and Irmler. He has also introduced such new musical discoveries as works of Elizabeth Austin, Erle Ninow, Gernot Grohs and the collected works for piano and chamber ensemble of the English composer, Clement Harris, recorded in 2004.

 

His concert tours have taken him all over Europe, Japan, South America, 2005 and 06 South Africa, as well as recent tours since 2003 to The United States, where he gave concerts and conducted master classes. His numerous CD recordings encompass all musical styles, with emphasis on the turn of the century between the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

 

His CDs are available on Ambitus, Berlin-Classics, Beoton, Capstone, Eterna,Hänssler, Koch-Schwann, Magna, Querstand, and VMS labels.


April / May 2008 concerts in the USA – Massachusetts, Connecticut, Arkansas, Universities, Storrs and Jonesboro

National Gallery of Art Washington:programm to celebrate Mendelssohn´s 200. birthday.

 

Ulrich Urban
Klavier / piano