November 2, 2011
Balazs Borocz/Pilvax Studio
First-Prize Winner of the 2011 Cleveland International Piano Competition, German-born pianist Alexander Schimpf makes his New York debut at 7:30pm on December 5, 2011 in Carnegie Hall's Zankel Hall. Selected from a field of 28 pianists from 11 countries, Mr. Schimpf received a cash award of $50,000 and more than 50 worldwide engagements, including a December 5, 2011 Zankel Hall recital. Mr. Schimpf's largely German program includes works by Bach, Brahms and Schubert as well as two works - one a world premiere - from young German composer Adrian Sieber.

Mr. Schimpf's Zankel Hall program displays a great affinity for his Germanic musical heritage beginning with Bach's English Suite No. 3 in G Minor followed by Brahms's Ballade No. 4 in B Major, Op. 10 and two works by Adrian Sieber, Fantasie II, a work Mr. Schimpf performed during the 2011 Competition, and the world premiere of Sieber's ...und schon verglüht (...and already in embers) written for the pianist. Schubert's Sonata in B-flat Major, D. 960 concludes the program.

Born in Gottingen, Germany in 1981, Alexander Schimpf initially studied piano with Wolfgang Manz in Hannover, and subsequently attended the Musikhochschule Dresden with Winfried Apel and the Musikhochschule Wurzburg with Bernd Glemser. Pianists Ceclile Ousset and Janina Fialkowska also played an important role in his artistic development.

In addition to the Cleveland Competition, Mr. Schimpf won First Prize at the 2008 German Music Competition in the solo piano category, as well as the 2009 Beethoven Competition in Vienna. He was awarded the Audience Prize by vote of those in attendance at the final round of the Cleveland Competition. To read Alexander Schimpf's full bio, please click here.

Cleveland International Piano Competition First-Prize Winner
Monday, December 5, 2011 at 7:30 PM
Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall

BACH: English Suite No. 3 in G Minor, BWV 808
BRAHMS: Ballade No. 4 in B Major, Op. 10
ADRIAN SIEBER: ...und schon verglüht (World Premiere)
SCHUBERT: Sonata in B-flat Major, D. 960

Admission: $15, $10 for students and seniors.
Tickets on sale at, CarnegieCharge at 212-247-7800 and at the Carnegie Hall Box Office.

About Alexander Schimpf
Alexander Schimpf, age 29, is a citizen of Germany. He graduated from the University of Music in Dresden, and received Artist Diploma from the University of Music in Würzburg. He won first prize at the 2009 Beethoven Competition (Vienna); was a semi­finalist at the 2009 Leeds Competition (UK) and the 2008 Concours de Genève (Switzerland); and won second prize at the 2008 Città di Cantù Competition (Italy). In 2011 he performed with orchestras in Göttingen and Lübeck (Germany) and Vienna. In 2009 and 2010 he gave recitals in Munich, Nürnberg, Heidelberg and Hannover, Leeds (UK), and La Paz and Santa Cruz (Bolivia); and performed with orchestras in Augsburg.

About the Cleveland International Piano Competition
Now in its 36th year, the Cleveland International Piano Competition possesses an eminent list of alumni, and winners benefit from an array of professional opportunities following the competition. Martina Filjak, the Competition's 2009 winner, has enjoyed a hugely successful career since her victory, performing nearly 100 solo and orchestral engagements worldwide over the past two years. Additional winners from past years include such notable artists as Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Angela Hewitt, and Sergei Babayan.

During the competition's ten days of performances, solo rounds are held twice daily for the first eight days. Candidates are eliminated over this period by vote of the jury until four finalists remain. Finalists perform with The Cleveland Orchestra over a two-night period and the winner is announced at the conclusion of the last performance. A celebration gala is traditionally held on the last night of the Competition in honor of the four finalists.

Alexander Schimpf bio | website
Cleveland International Piano Competition website

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