German pianist Alexander Schimpf performs at Os Agostos

German pianist Alexander Schimpf performs at Os Agostos

Well-known German pianist Alexander Schimpf will perform two concerts in November in the auditorium of Os Agostos country estate near Santa Bárbara de Nexe.

On Tuesday, November 8, Alexander Schimpf will play works by Beethoven, Schumann, Orlando Gibbons and António de Lima Fragoso. On Thursday, November 10, he presents works by W.A. Mozart and Sergei Rachmaninoff.

 Alexander Schimpf is an exceptional pianist. His first CD with orchestra was published by CAvi music in 2020, documenting his long-term cooperation with Bayerische Kammerphilharmonie. For the recording of the Mozart Piano Concertos K. 413 – 415 under Gabriel Adorján, Alexander added his own cadenzas making his personal involvement with Mozart audible in a special way.

Competition success in Bonn (German Music Competition 2008), Vienna (1st prize International Beethoven Competition 2009) and Cleveland/USA (1st prize Cleveland International Piano Competition 2011) established Alexander as a globally sought-after soloist.

Despite steep international success, he shows a remarkable calm, stating: “I am in no hurry with these things; they should take the time they need.” Thus, he aspires in his artistic development as in his interpretations to a lasting significance.

In addition to the classical repertoire, Alexander regularly takes a stand for contemporary music. He has been responsible for about 30 premiere performances of solo and chamber music works.

Born in Göttingen in 1981, he studied with Wolfgang Manz and Bernd Glemser, and Cécile Ousset and Janina Fialkowska were important influences.

Three solo CDs with works by Beethoven, Schubert, Brahms, Debussy, Ravel and Scriabin were published since 2009. In 2013, he received the “Bavarian State Award for the Advancement of the Arts” in Munich.

Invitations with orchestras led him to perform in numerous German cities (Gasteig München, Konzerthaus Berlin, Alte Oper Frankfurt, Kölner Philharmonie, NDR Hannover, Beethovenhaus Bonn, Heidelberger Frühling, Ludwigsburger Schlossfestspiele) as well as Carnegie Hall, Auditorium du Louvre and Salle Cortot, Konzerthaus Vienna, the Marinskij Concert Hall in St. Petersburg, and the Auditorio Nacional in Madrid.

His collaboration with symphony orchestras took him from Europe to the USA, to China, Taiwan, Vietnam and South America. As chamber musician, he collaborated with violinists Christian Tetzlaff and Antje Weithaas, Nils Mönkemeyer, cellist Julian Steckel, baritone Thomas E. Bauer and the Armida Quartett, among many others.

In 2016, he was called to be professor of piano at the HMTM Hannover.

 Amigos de Música concerts at Os Agostos begin at 7pm sharp. Doors open at 6pm and wine, fruit juices and canapés will be served. Entry donation including refreshments is €30 per person for guests and non-members.

The Amigos de Música is an international group of around 120 members who stage musical activities by internationally renowned musicians and also sponsor young Portuguese musicians. A non-profit organization, it celebrated its 30th anniversary last year. For membership enquiries, email helga.hampton@gmail.com 

Entry donation including refreshments is €30 per person for guests and non-members, payable in advance by bank transfer (see website www.amigosdemusica.org). For concert bookings, email reservasconcertos@gmail.com