Philipp Scheucher

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Whether the Herkulessaal in Munich, the Golden Hall of the Vienna Musikverein or the Gewandhaus in Leipzig - Philipp Scheucher has already performed in concert halls, whose stages are among the most important in Europe. Especially characteristic of the young Austrian young pianist are his natural charisma and the joy of making music that captivate the audience. As the first winner of the "International Music Competition Cologne 2014" he is described by WDR with the following words: "His absolutely present appearance and the sparkling, alert sound of his interpretation set new quality standards." Already at the age of twelve, Philipp Scheucher joined his teacher Markus Schirmer in the Vienna Musikverein. Since 2008, he has received his pianistic finishing touches from the University of Music and Performing Arts in Graz, where he received important impulses for his musical education at the age of ten as a young student with Maria Zgubic. It is also very important to him to not only make music himself, but also to pass on his knowledge to others. Therefore, in addition to his career as a concert pianist, he pursues a degree in instrumental pedagogy, which he completed in June 2014 with the title "Bachelor of Arts" in record time. After his first encounter with the piano at the tender age of less than five years, his extraordinary musical talent and interest soon became apparent. The first successes at the Austrian youth music competition "Prima la musica" were soon followed by more - including not only a few first prizes in international competitions but also numerous concert invitations at home and abroad. These took him to important cultural centers in Spain, Germany, France, Italy, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Croatia. Also worth mentioning is his active collaboration with renowned conductors and orchestras, such as the Graz Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of Dirk Kaftan, the "Großer Orchester Graz" recreation

under the baton Michael Hofstetter, the K & K Philharmonic or the WDR Funkhausorchester. In many cases his concerts were recorded and broadcast on both local and national radio stations. In addition to its presence in international public broadcasting, the Viennese Urtext Edition published the sheet music volume "Expedition Piano - Listen, Play, Discover" including the accompanying CD, which was created in collaboration with him and Markus Schirmer. The composer Ludwig van Beethoven, for whom the young artist has a very special affinity, plays an important role for Philipp Scheucher. By no means, however, he limits himself to this and shows his versatility in the interpretation of works ranging from the Baroque to the Modern. His recent successes include the world premiere of the first piano concerto by M. G. Kendlinger, his debut in the "Herkulessaal" of the Munich Residenz, in the "Gewandhaus zu Leipzig", in the "KKL" in Lucerne and in the Konzerthaus Berlin. He has also won numerous awards for prestigious piano competitions. Particularly noteworthy are the first prizes in three international competitions - in 2014 at the "International Music Competition Cologne" and in 2015 at the "Aarhus International Piano Competition" in Denmark and at the "Premio Vila de Xàbia" in Spain. In February 2016, he was awarded the second prize in the "13th UNISA International Piano Competition" in Pretoria / South Africa and was last awarded in summer 2017 as a finalist at the "Pianale 2017" in Germany with no less than six prizes. Likewise, Philipp Scheucher celebrated 2017 his U.S. Debut Concert and was selected following a pre-selection process with over 300 participants as one of 30 pianists worldwide to attend the famous "Van Cliburn" competition in Fort Worth / Texas.