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Master Classes for PIANO

piano solo

18.07.2021 - 24.07.2021


Ingo Dannhorn Ingo Dannhorn has concertized at the most well-known music centers and concert halls, such as the Herkulessaal in Munich, the Great Hall of the Musikverein in Vienna, the Seoul Arts Center, the Hermitage in St. Petersburg, Shanghai, Venice, Sydney, Chongqin and Berlin. He has collaborated with Kurt Eichhorn, Dennis Russell Davies conducted his debut at the Musikverein Vienna and Kurt Masur has expressed high praise for his musical abilities. Aside from his extensive career as a soloist, Ingo Dannhorn is also a passionate and highly sought-after chamber musician. Numerous concerts with Francisco Araiza, Kieth Engen, Jose Cura, Christian Altenburger and Maxim Vengerov show the huge range of Ingo Dannhorn’s musical activity. The broad spectrum of his activities is well documented in studio, live and CD recordings. Gerhard Oppitz considers him among the “most remarkable pianists of his generation: he has fabulous technical skills, and an ideal combination of intelligence and highly developed sensitivity to tonal nuance.” After winning numerous prizes at renowned international piano competitions such as the International Beethoven Piano Competition in Vienna, the Sydney International Piano Competition and other international piano competitions in Salzburg, Vienna, Ettlingen, Pinerolo and Senigallia, Ingo Dannhorn started concertizing worldwide. “Magic moments of pianistic artistry” - these are the words of the “The Australian” in a review of the pianist, who rapidly gained international attention with his captivating musicality. In highly acclaimed solo recitals and as an accomplished chamber musician, his “exquisite sound quality, full of wisdom and augmented transfiguration" (Salzburger Nachrichten) has moved audiences and critics worldwide. “Ingo Dannhorn blazes his own personal trail through the repertoire with utmost sensitivity,” wrote the famous german reviewer Klaus Geitel. “Definitely merits very close attention,” as he puts it. He places Ingo Dannhorn alongside the most outstanding artists as Lars Vogt, Arthur Rubinstein, Vladimir Horowitz, Jorge Bolet and Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli. In addition to his performing career, Ingo Dannhorn is equally passionate about his role as an educator. He is currently visiting professor of piano at the Yonsei University in Seoul, one of the most famous universities in Korea and held teaching positions at the Universities of Music in Munich, Bremen, Augsburg, Wiesbaden. His students won prizes both at national and international competitions. In January 2019 he received the President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching of the Yonsei University. Ingo Dannhorn took piano lessons from a very young age. Prof. Anton Czjzek, who studied with the legendary pedagogue Bruno Seidlhofer for many years, subsequently discovered him and immediately admitted him to his class for highly gifted young pianists at the Salzburg Mozarteum. His first public solo recital took place at the age of twelve. He completed graduate degrees (BM,MM) and the Meisterklassendiplom for artistic achievements at the University of Music in Munich studying with Gerhard Oppitz and Margarita Höhenrieder. He continued his studies with Gitti Pirner and Noel Flores at the universities in Zurich-Winterthur and Vienna. Ingo Dannhorn is artistic director of the Wilhelm-Kempff-Festival, which is dedicated to the legendary Beethoven interpreter Kempff and his pianistic artistry and sound esthetic  Piano

Sibylla Joedicke Sibylla Joedicke teaches since 1991 at the Viennese Universität für Musik und Darstellende Kunst; there she was qualified as a professor in 2004 and was appointed as a professor for piano in 2009. She was a scholarship holder of the "Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst", of the Austrian government and of the "Richard-Wagner-Stiftung". She was two times prize-winner at the international Schubert-competition in Dortmund, won second prize at the Viennese Boesendorfer-competition, and first prize at the Gedok-competition/Hamburg with a following Germany-tour. Since then she frequently appeared as a soloist, as a chamber musician, as a vocal accompanist and she recorded for the radio and for CD (Universal-Records, de Plain vent, and others). She devoted herself mainly to vocal accompaniment, she attended interpretation classes with Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, she was piano accompanist in Walter Berry´s class and she co-operates with well-known singers. Sibylla Joedicke, born at Schloss Hamborn/Germany, started piano lessons at the age of 7 with Prof. Kurt Seibert at the Hamburg conservatory and – besides her regular school – studied piano at the age of 16 at the Hochschule der Künste/Bremen. She made her debut with Liszt´s first piano concerto at the age of 17 and completed her studies with Hans Graf at the Viennese Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst. Further artistic inspiration was obtained in particular with Elisabeth Leonskaja and in master classes with Vitalij Margulis and Hans Leygraf. Piano

Gereon Kleiner Gereon Kleiner was a member of the Swietly-Klaviertrio, was teaching at the Conservatorium for Music in Vienna from 1987 to 1990 and since 1990 at the University Mozarteum in Salzburg. He won several prizes and scholarships at competitions in Bonn, Vienna, Barcelona, Senigallia and in Finale Ligure. He performed many concerts and recordings as a soloist, as a chamber musician and as a vocal accompanist in Europe and Japan. (f.e. with the "österreichisches Ensemble fïür Neue Musik", Mozarteum- Orchestra Salzburg, Camerata Academica of the Mozarteum). Gereon Kleiner studied Piano and chamber music in Stuttgart, Vienna and Salzburg with Lieselotte Gierth, Hans Kann, Roland Keller and Erika Frieser. He completed his studies at master classes with A.Jasinski, Z.Sliwinski, J.Uhde and B.Ringeissen in Salzburg, Gdansk and Weimar. Piano

Aleksandra Mikulska Aleksandra Mikulska is one of the leading exponents of a younger generation of exceptionally gifted pianists. She embodies to the highest degree those pianistic qualities called for by Frédéric Chopin: sensitivity, musical expressivity and immaculate, transparent technique. Aleksandra Mikulska's playing has won numerous international accolades, including the Special Prize for Best Female Polish Pianist at the XV International Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw. Concert invitations have already taken Aleksandra Mikulska to venues such as the Vienna Musikverein, the Brucknerhaus in Linz, the Zurich Tonhalle, the Philharmonie in Essen, the Nikolaisaal in Potsdam, the Kurhaus in Wiesbaden, the Künstlerhaus in Munich and the National Philharmonic Hall in Warsaw. She is also a regular guest at international festivals including MDR Musiksommer, the Liszt Festival Raiding, the Styriarte, the Bodenseefestival, the Usedom Music Festival, the Brandenburg Summer Concerts, the Murten Classics Festival, the Böblingen International Piano Festival, the Chopin Festival in Gaming, the Bayreuth Easter Festival and the Maulbronn Monastery Concerts. After graduating from the University of Music in Karlsruhe, Aleksandra Mikulska pursued her training with masterstudies at the elite international piano academy “Incontri col maestro” in Imola, Italy, after which she took Arie Vardi’s masterclass at Hanover University of Music, Drama and Media. Aleksandra Mikulska weaves a unique, personal and highly distinctive style from the musical traditions of Poland, Germany and Italy. A particular focus of her music-making is the dissemination of works by the great composers of her Polish homeland. Aleksandra Mikulska is President of the Chopin Society of Germany. Piano

Georg Steinschaden Georg Steinschaden is Professor for Piano and Director of the  "Pre-College Salzburg" at the University of Music and Performing Arts "Mozarteum". He is the President of the the Austrian Master Classesand teaches also at the Musikum Salzburg. He was chairman of the executive board of the youth competition "Prima la Musica" in Salzburg for seven years and a member of the management board "Prima la Musica" Austria. His innumerable concerts with the "Steinschaden Trio Salzburg" have taken him to many countries in and outside of Europe (Italy, France, Switzerland, Denmark, Russia, Bulgaria, Germany, Japan, USA e.g. in CARNEGIE HALL in New York, and Mexico just to name a few). He has recorded many CDs and his work has been broadcasted on both radio and television ORF and ARD in Austria, on Japanese television he has appeared with ensembles such as the Eichendorff Quintet Vienna (members of the Vienna Philharmonic), the Amati Quartet Verona, and the Augsburg String Quartet, also with soloists like the famous Mezzo Soprano Angelika Kirchschlager. For the past twenty years Georg Steinschaden has also been busy with cultural management. He completed his studies in Piano and Pedagogics at the University of Music and Performing Arts "Mozarteum" in Salzburg with P.Lang, N.Shetler and A.Kontarski, and has won first prize on many occasions in the "Jugend musiziert" competitions. Piano

Gerhard Vielhaber Gerhard Vielhaber was born in Attendorn in 1982. This private pupil was only twelve years old when Prof. Karl-Heinz Kämmerling took him on in 1994. He took his degree with him in 2006 at HMT Hannover (Hanover University of Music, Drama and Media) and then studied for his recital examination in Prof. Jacques Rouvier’s solo class at Berlin University of Arts. Since September 2014, Gerhard Vielhaber has been teaching as a Professor of Piano at the Vorarlberg State Conservatoire in Feldkirch, Austria. In addition to his many successes in the federal “Jugend musiziert” (Youth Makes Music) competition, in 1997 he won first prize in the “Concertino Praga” international radio competition. There followed further competition successes and awards such as the Culture Prize of the Olpe District in 2002 and the 2003 GWK Music Sponsorship Prize. As a finalist in the 2005 German Music Competition in Berlin, he was included as a soloist in the list of artists of the German Music Council. His “BOVIARTrio” with Daniel Bollinger (clarinet) and Julian Arp (cello) was awarded a grant at the 2002 German Music Competition, as was his “Mariani Klavierquartett” (piano quartet) with Philipp Bohnen (violin), Barbara Buntrock (viola) and Peter-Philipp Staemmler (cello) in 2011, whose “Debut in Germany’s Radio Culture” in January 2013 in the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra’s chamber music hall was widely acclaimed. Gerhard Vielhaber earnt a scholarship from the German Musical Life Foundation and he was supported for a long time by the Jürgen-Ponto Foundation and the German People’s Study Foundation. Both as a soloist and as a chamber musician, Gerhard Vielhaber can be heard at major festivals such as the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festivals, the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, the Berlin Music Festival, the Ludwigsburg Festivals and the Rheingau Music Festival. In addition, his concert activities took him to, among other things, the “Next Generation” series of the publisher Harenberg-Verlag in Dortmund, the Laeiszhalle in Hamburg, Spain, Croatia, North Africa and Japan. As a soloist he performed concerts with, for instance, the Berlin Radio Symphonic Orchestra under Matthias Foremny, the Venezuelan National Youth Orchestra under Patrick Lange, the Cologne Radio Orchestra under Peter Gülke and the Warsaw Radio Symphonic Orchestra under Wojciech Rajski. His debut in 2007 with the Mannheim National Theatre conducted by Adam Fischer was also a great success. In January 2008, PianoNews wrote about his solo CD published by ClassicClips with works by Franck, Kalabis (first recording) and Schumann: “This recording gives us a glimpse into the promising future of this young pianist.” Radio recordings were produced for, among others, WDR, BR, SWR, ORF and television ones for the Czech Republic. Piano


Class starts on: 18.07.2021, 18:00
Arrival after: 18.07.2021, 15:00
Final Concert: 24.07.2021, 11:00
Class ends on: 24.07.2021, 14:00
Deadline: 15.06.2021

Course fee
from € 350,- plus adminstration fee € 100,- 

Course location
Castle Zell an der Pram in Upper Austria

from € 300,-



The master classes for piano with internationally renowned teachers and soloists provide a good opportunity to spend a week preparing for the new academic year, a rehearsal, a concert appearance, a competition or an exam, or simply to develop a programme of their own choice.

With its generous seminar rooms, historic ambience and incomparably quiet and romantic location in the middle of the Upper Austrian Innviertel region, Schloss Zell an der Pram offers an exceptional setting for intensive work and artistic and professional development.

Invited are

Students and young students from music universities, music colleges and conservatories | advanced students of music schools and private lessons | professional musicians | instrument teachers

Semi-professional musicians/amateurs willing to engage in working from a professional point of view will be admitted only to a limited extent for the time being. Additional places can only be booked after the deadline of May 15, according to available places

The courses are open to participants of all nationalities over the age of 14. Exceptions to the minimum age requirement are possible in consultation with the course management

Free programme selection from the solo and concert repertoire | Course languages German & English 

The following services are included in the course fee

Depending on the booking, about 40 minutes or 80 minutes private lessons daily | free use of pianos for practicing | all classes are open for listening | occasional lectures | stage training | workshop concerts | final public concert with free admission | use of seminar and recreation rooms | use of ping-pong tables and sports field | additional offer Shiatsu (to be booked separately) | active participants receive a participation diploma  

There's plenty of practising rooms with pianos available. We'll organize the practice times.

General timetable as a pdf

Registration deadline

Please note the registration deadline. Due to the high demand and limited number of participants, we recommend timely registration. Later registrations can be considered if there are any places left. 

Final concert

The final public concert will take place in the Fresco Hall of Schloss Zell an der Pram. The teachers select the participants

Leisure Time

A sports field and multi-purpose hall are available for leisure activities such as table tennis and ball games | there is a swimming pool nearby


Go ahead and book a second lesson unit (daily 80-minute private lesson) as well!