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Ingolf Wunder is an Austrian pianist who first caught a great deal of attention following his success at the 2010 Warsaw International Chopin Competition.
Life and Music
- Born in Klagenfurt in 1985, Ingolf Wunder had his first music lessons at the age of four. He began on the violin and had reached a high level of proficiency when, at the age of 14, his extraordinary talent for the piano was discovered by a teacher who urged him to dedicate himself to the keyboard instrument.
- After studying at the conservatories of Klagenfurt and Linz, he graduated from Vienna’s Universität für Musik und Darstellende Kunst. He then went on to continue his studies in Vienna under the guidance of the 1955 Warsaw Competition winner Adam Harasiewicz.
- Ingolf Wunder began 2011, along with the other 2010 Warsaw Competition prize-winners, with a highly successful tour of Japan with the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra under Antoni Wit – followed by Chopin recitals in St. Petersburg, Barboursville (Virginia) and Vancouver. There then followed appearances in the most important Polish concert halls like Warsaw, Kraków and Gdansk and in Tel Aviv, Vienna (Konzerthaus), Düsseldorf (Ruhr Piano Festival), Eisenstadt (Esterházy Palace), Hamburg, Berlin, Oslo, Ankara, Zurich and Basel.
Did you know?
Ingolf Wunder has previously won the top prize at several other competitions – among them Turin (European Music), Hamburg (Steinway), Feldkirch (“Prima la musica”), Asti (Concours Musical de France), Casarza (“VI Trofeo Internazionale”) and Budapest (Liszt).
Concerto - No. 1 op. 11 - Rondo Vivace
Ingolf Wunder has made swift progress on the piano since he started late at 14. He's about to release his debut album.
John Suchet's Album of the Week, 16 June 2014
An eclectic mix of musical styles from pianist Ingolf Wunder. Drive Featured Album, 18 February 2013
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