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Professor Wolfgang Wagenhäuser


Born in Frankfurt , Wolfgang Wagenhäuser is a pianist whose unique approach to performance and pedagogy is the result of merging ideas from different schools and traditions of piano-playing.  He has studied in the lineage of important pedagogues: Professor Gisela Sott who not only comes directly out of the Liszt tradition but also in performances of Beethoven from the Edwin Fischer tradition and Professor Leonard Hokanson who studied under Arthur Schnabel. In addition, he has had intensive experience under Rosa Sabater (pupil of Alicia de la Rocha) and Rudolf Firkusny (pupil of Janacek).

At age 19 Wolfgang Wagenhäuser (short after his Abitur "with honors") upon his successes in various competitions was the youngest student to have become a "dozent" in Germany and led his own piano class for 3 years in the university in Fulda; afterwards at the age of 22 he was called to lead his own piano class at the university of music and performing arts in Frankfurt am Main. He accepted his professorship position at the university of music in Trossingen 12 years later. Since 2015 Wolfgang Wagenhäuser is guest professor at the Tongji University in Shanghai where he as well developes and leads the interdisciplinary sound research centre.

During his decades of teaching, his students have won many national and international piano competitions and have been recognized nationwide as promising young artists. His former students currently teach in conservatories and universities worldwide. He himself is a winner of numerous first prizes in national and international piano competitions (in Paris and Florence ) and includes special recognition for his authentic and original interpretation of Mozart and Beethoven. 

Wagenhäuser made his first public appearance at the age of five. During his most active years of concertizing, he gave up to 80 concerts per year regularly. His performance opportunities took him all over the world but decided at the age of 35 to diminish his concert life to dedicate more energy to his students and his family. Only since 2003 he has been accepting more concert invitations. 

Wolfgang Wagenhäuser loves playing "Lied" as well as chambermusic from time to time. Here are some of his partners: Aldo Baldin, Gabriele Schnaut, Scott Weir, Christoph Prégardien, Sergej Kravtschenko, Pieter Daniel, Federico Agostini, Maria Kliegel, Michael Flaksman, Andrei Demin, Günter Klaus, Ovidiu Badila, Radovan Vlatkovic, Branimir Slokar, Roger Bobo, Serge Collot, Kim Kaskashian, Dmitri Ashkenazy, Akio Koyama, Leonard Hokanson, Zora Slokar, Soli-Trio and last not least Excelsior-piano-duo.

He receives invitations to countless masterclasses and concerts- from Moscow conservatory to greater parts of Asia . In Germany he manages long-term courses for young pianists at state and national levels. 

Hailed by the press for his ability to interpret a wide range of styles, Wagenhäuser's repertoire is multifarious. Over 50 recordings for CD as well as live concerts for Radio and TV at various festivals in the past years (in Moscow, Bucharest and Riva del Garda) attest to his outstanding ability and contributions as a musician.

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Katharina Dajerling | ecm-germany@email.de