April 6 to 13, 2020

FLORIAN

PIANO

WIEK

Staatliche Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst - Stuttgart

Florian Wiek was born into a family of visual artists in 1972, and has made a name for himself through an international concert career that has seen him perform in venues including the Philharmonic halls in Berlin and Cologne, the Hamburg Musikhalle and the Beethovenhalle in Bonn, as well as at numerous international festivals.  He is at home in most musical configurations – from solo recitals and concerti with orchestras through ensemble work to large-scale chamber music and Lieder.  His repertoire ranges from baroque works to new compositions, and the music of the first Viennese school plays a focal role.  The exploration of this eloquent yet sparing musical language constantly poses new challenges for Wiek, something which has been reflected in programmes throughout his entire musical career.

Concert tours have taken Florian Wiek across Germany and Europe, as well as to Israel, Asia, North- and South America.. His performances have been recorded and broadcast by numerous radio and television stations. In 1999, Florian Wiek and duo partner Justus Grimm (cello) were winners of the Germany Music Competition. One month later, the two were also awarded the first prize and gold medal at the “Maria Canals” international competition in Barcelona.  Alongside their many live broadcasts, a recording of works by Brahms, Beethoven and Shostakovich is available on the Ars Musici label (Freiburg, 2000).

In 2002, he founded Trio Wiek with flautist Christina Fassbender and cellist Justus Grimm.  As laureates of the German Music Competition, the trio performed a series of concerts throughout Germany, sponsored by the German Music Council.  This ensemble has also performed at numerous international festivals, and has recently released a commercial recording of trios by Carl Maria von Weber, Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy and Louise Farrenc. Further CD recordings:

Chambermusic by Philippe Gaubert (5 Diapason) – Fuga libera 2009

Flute Trios by Beethoven, Czerny, Hummel and Wilms  - Hännsler Profil 2010,

Chambermusic by Mel Bonis – Hännsler classic 2007

20th century Flute trios by Crumb, Martinu, Rorem and Saariaho – Hännsler Profil 2014

Florian Wiek’s special interest: To join different genres of art – such as Poetry and music or acting and music. Here he created programs centered on Mozart or Schubert as well as “Carneval des animeaux” by Saint-Saens. The Year 2020 will be focused on Beethoven and he will perform piano-Sonatas as well as complete series of Cello-Sonatas and Piano-Trios.

 

His piano studies led him to Prof. Günter Ludwig at the Cologne Musikhochschule and later to French pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard at the Conservatoire national superieur de Paris.  Florian Wiek completed his studies at the Hamburg Hochschule for Music and Theater with a

Soloist-Diploma.  In 1998, he won first prize in the Beethoven Competition at the Cologne Musikhochschule and received the same distinction at the Elise-Meyer Competition (Hamburg) in 2001. 

 

In the autumn of 2004, Florian Wiek was appointed Professor of Piano and Chamber Music at the University of Music in Stuttgart. In addition to this he gives international masterclasses abroad and appears frequently as a member of competition-jurys – for example 2017 as a judge of “Concurso Viotti” in Vercelli.

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