April 6 to 13, 2020
Hochschule für Musik - Freiburg
In the past few years Tilman Krämer emerged to be one of the most promising pianists of his generation. Besides his concert career he gained international attention for his recordings of Brahms' early piano compositions. Yet only a child he already received piano lessons from Paul Buck in Stuttgart. Later he was a student of Konrad Elser at the music conservatory in Lübeck and of Leonid Brumberg in Vienna. There he received artistic impulses for his work together with Elisabeth Leonskaja. His participation in several master classes of Oleg Maisenberg, Karl-Heinz Kämmerling, James Tocco and Andrzei Jasinski completed his musical education.
During his piano studies he was scholar of “jeunesse musicale“, “Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst“ (German Academic Exchange Service) and the foundation “Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes”. Being awarded in several piano competitions he the was prize winner of the international Piano Competition in Madrid and the Possehl Foundation in Lübeck both in the year 1996. Besides his solistic career he also dedicates his interest towards chamber music. In this field he was taught by Walter Levin and Henry Meyer from LaSalle Quartett, as well as by Thomas Kakuska from the Alban Berg Quartett. He performed in many concerts together with members of the Alban Berg and the “Artemis Quartett”, Torleif Thedéen, Daishin Kashimoto, Bruno Schneider, Jean-Guihen Queyras, Francis Gouton, Martin Ostertag, Vytautas Sondeckis, the Cuarteto Quiroga and the M. Nostitz Quartett, Prague.
He is frequently invited to international festivals of music such as the “Schleswig-Holstein-Festival” , the “Usedom-Festival of music”, the ”List en Provence“, the “Ankara Music Festival”, the “Bach Fest” in Leipzig ,the “Forum Musikae“ in Madrid as well as the “Clasicos in Verrano“, the “Chamber Music Festival” at castle Elmau, the “Brahms Festival” Lübeck and the “Oberstdorfer Musiksommer”.
Besides concert tours through China (in 2005 and 2018) Tilman Krämer is a regular guest in Japan where he debuted in 1999 and since then for example has played together with the Osaka Chamber Orchestra within the “Schubertiade”.
In 2017 he was the “artist in residence” at the highly reputated chamber music festival “Malaga Clasica” in Spain and received extraordinarily outstanding reviews in the Spanish daily newspaper “El mundo”.
Due to his numerous music productions he got in touch with the most important broadcasting and television companies in Germany, Japan and China. In 2000 he produced his first CD recording Schumann and Chopin for the label “Venus Music”. His recordings of the complete collection of Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy`s ”Lieder ohne Worte“ (“songs without words”) were highly honoured by critics („Referenzeinspielung“, Piano News 4/2002). Later in 2005 in cooperation with the German Radio Station “Radio Cologne” (Deutschland Radio Köln) he produced a CD with piano compositions by Johannes Brahms and received best reviews for it („one of the most important Brahms recordings of the last few years“, klassic.com). In 2008 another CD comprising Brahms' sonatas op. 1 and op. 2 was published by “Coviello Classics” in coproduction with the Bavarian broadcasting company “Bayrischer Rundfunk“. The pianist Oleg Maisenberg commented euphorically on Tilman Krämer's Brahms playing describing it as great in every aspect, very sensitive, played with superior ease, beautiful sound, clear thougts and then again with great inspiration and sense for the composer`s intention. Press reviews were very similar to the expert`s opinion stating that Krämer`s play was “rather seldom to listen to the early works of Brahms with such great enjoyment“. Other German broadcasting stations like “NDR Kultur” or ”WDR 3” are describing the music as “packing, emotional and intelligently featured as very little heard before“ and the association “Kultiversum” called him a pianist of “rare come quality of artistic options, together with an even rarer abiltiy to place its use“. Same as his first recording of Brahms` music, the second one was awarded with the Supersonic Award of the European music magazine “Pizzicato” and moreover nominated for a critics` prize in 2010 (“Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik”). In 2015 he published another CD again at “Covielleo Classics” with works by Volker David Kirchner, one of the most important German composers of our time.
From 2001 until 2007 he instructed piano at the conservatory (Musikhochschule) in Lübeck. Since April 2007 he is head of a piano class at the “Hochschule für Musik” in Freiburg. His students are award winners of international competitions (for example in Rome, Paris, Vienna, Essen, Bonn etc.) and scholars of important foundations (“Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes“ etc.) He leads masterclasses in Germany, France, Switzerland, Spain, Japan, China and since 2012 annually at the Forum Musikae (Academia de Musica) in Madrid. He is a jury member of international competitions in Germany, China (Shanghai 2018) and Japan (Schubert Competition 2015).