Alexander Schimpf Visits Bösendorfer
The winner of the 2009 International Beethoven Piano Competition, Alexander Schimpf, recently visited the Bösendorfer piano company to choose his prize - a Bösendorfer model 200.
The following is excerpted from our top story of June 24:
"With a sentimentally balanced interpretation of Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor, Op. 37, and great virtuosity, German pianist Alexander Schimpf secured first place at the 13th International Beethoven Piano Competition in Vienna. The winner of this competition, presented every four years by the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna and highly respected among pianists and music lovers, is once again (as in 2005) from our neighboring country.
We congratulate the personable young artist from the old university town of Göttingen on his tremendous success. And on his brand new Bösendorfer grand, model 200, which was donated as the main prize by the traditional Viennese piano company Bösendorfer."
Beethoven prizewinner Alexander Schimpf
Questions for the artist
On the occasion of Alexander Schimpf's visit to Bösendorfer we conducted the following interview with him:
Herr Schimpf, when did you finally realize that you had won one of the major piano competitions?
Alexander: "That took some time - only when I was back in Germany the next evening was it really clear to me."
What does this victory mean for you?
Alexander: "Everything at once: recognition, motivation and challenge for the future."
What impression did you have of the competition?
Alexander: "It was obviously wonderfully organized from the very beginning and it was correspondingly relaxed - the usual competition 'hustle and bustle' could hardly be felt in Vienna."
In competent hands: concert technician Johann Stubits advised the artist during the selection of his prize.
Prior to this interview you made a final decision on the piano model that you'll soon have with you at home as your competition prize. According to what criteria did you select your Bösendorfer?
Alexander: "I decided on the piano with the softest, most indirect tonal character; it will be in a relatively small room, so special power and brilliance aren't really necessary. I felt that this instrument had the best possibilities in the piano [soft] dynamic range, which I find very important in pianos.
"The selection wasn't rushed and was accompanied by exceptionally competent advice by the technician present. It was very interesting for me to be able to try out instruments in all available sizes."
Small talk among sound experts
Small talk among sound experts
How do you like the Bösendorfer sound?
Alexander: "I value the special tonal character of the instruments: the sound is warm and carries and can be varied at every dynamic level."
What plans does the Beethoven prizewinner have for the immediate future?
Alexander: "I just recorded my first CD in Berlin. It will now be followed by regular recitals and several appearances with orchestras throughout Germany; concerts in Austria, England and France are also being planned." (rulö)
A farewell souvenir photo
More information on the 2009 Beethoven Competition can be found at:
Sparkling music in Hamelin
Alexander Schimpf played in Hameln on Nov. 15. The program consisted of works by Handel, Beethoven and Liszt. A Bösendorfer grand was onstage. The Beethoven prizewinner once again thrilled the audience and press, including Karla Langebein of the Deister-Leine-Zeitung.
You can read her article at: www.deister-leine-zeitung.de