Alfred Brendel was born on January 5, 1931 in Wiesenberg, North Moravia. he got first piano lessons at age six, and it soon became clear that he had talent. From 1941 onwards he was taught in harmony, but the Second World War prevented the first place that he could continue to devote intensive music. Alfred Brendel's artistic career therefore began only around 1948 in Graz. There he studied orchestral conducting and composition and gave the age of seventeen his first concert.
Diverse cultural interests he focused despite studying music not only on the design of sounds, but also dealt with painting, literature, the fine arts and delved into philosophical writings. His teacher Edwin Fischer, Paul Baumgartner and Eduard Steuermann helped him to necessary fine-tuning, but he took his time to join the hustle and bustle of the concert life. A year after his debut, he emerged as the winner of the Busoni Competition in Bolzano and from that point on he built piece by piece on his international career.
Brendel's art was nourished from the beginning of the understanding of a polymath with musischem focus, and so he made it effortless to become by intellectually imbued quality of his interpretations a name. In 1960 he played in the Salzburg Festival for the first time with the Vienna Philharmonic, in the following years he rose step by step the success ladder. Alfred Brendel has performed during the sixties successfully on stages throughout the world, were then from 1969-70 at master classes in Vienna and settled in London in 1970th From 1960 to a first collection with complete recordings of Beethoven's piano work was, a decade later, he took all the Beethoven sonatas for Philips on.
Brendel's interpretations attach particular importance to the balance of the means of expression. Far away from any superficial virtuosity, he searches for the core of the music in the compositions and designed extremely intensive and sustainable versions especially the works of Beethoven, Mozart and Schubert. And he developed a encyclopedic in the implementation of whole cycles. In 1982/83, for example, he went with the complete cycle of the 32 Beethoven sonatas on tour. As early as 1970 he had begun, together with Neville Marriner and the Academy Chamber Orchestra Of St. Martin In The Fields completion immediately the Mozart piano concertos. He also excelled as an interpreter of Liszt, but focused again on the German classics.
this also fits that Brendel prefer receives live to capture the character of the music beyond the studio equipment. In the nineties, he also devoted himself also again Mozart for the great Mozart Edition of Philips, about the piano music of Schubert and again between 1992 and 1996 Beethoven. In the following decade he devoted inter alia with the baritone Matthias Goerne the romantic art song repertoire.
As one of the leading pianists of his generation Brendel has also received numerous awards and honors. Of the universities of Cologne, London, Oxford, Sussex, Warwick and Yale, he was awarded an honorary doctorate. it was on 14 May 2004 with 150,000 Euro endowed Siemens Music Prize in Munich to be musical interpretive lifetime pass. In 2008, the Herbert von Karajan Music Prize followed, 2009 include an honorary doctorate from the University of Music Franz Liszt in Weimar of force as Nobel Rice musical "Praemium Imperiale".
In autumn and winter 2008, Alfred Brendel adopted a comprehensive tour of the international concert hype, but has since still active as an author and lecturer who crowns his lectures with their own musical examples. Among the most prominent publications Brendel of the past decade include the recordings with Mozart sonatas ( "K332, K333, K457, K540", 2001; "K281, K282, K576, Fantasia in C Minor", 2005), the recordings with Mathias Goerne ( " Winterreise ", Schubert, 2004;" swan song ", Schubert, 2005)," Alfred Brendel in Recital "(2007)," The Artist's Choice Collection "(2008)," The Farewell Concerts "(2009)," Alfred Brendel: Artist's Choice. His personal choice "(2011) and" Alfred Brendel - A Birthday Tribute "(2011). He has also published in poetry reading own poems under the title "Alfred Brendel reads / Alfred Brendel reads Vol.2" (2008/10).
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