took over the Artistic Directorship of the Kissinger Sommer at the beginning of April 2021 with the start of the 2022 festival as successor to Kari Kahl-Wolfsjäger and Tilman Schlömp. Previously, he was Managing Director of the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin for 13 years. In this role, he was responsible for the overall artistic planning as well as the introduction of numerous innovative concert formats and worked closely with conductors such as Kent Nagano, Ingo Metzmacher, Tugan Sokhiev and Robin Ticciati. From 1999 to 2005, he served as Associate Artistic Administrator for the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Tanglewood Festival. Alexander Steinbeis grew up in Upper Bavaria and Great Britain.
grew up in Munich. He studied German, Romance languages and literature and education in Munich and Würzburg. He is a freelance journalist for various daily
|The cultural manager, publicist and impresaria Sonia Simmenauer, born in the USA and raised in Paris, began working for the chamber music department of Konzertdirektion Schmid in Hanover in 1982. In 1989, she set up her own impresariat, Impresariat Simmenauer, in Hamburg, with the intention of founding a string quartet agency and has since represented many of the world's most important string quartets. She later added soloists such as Gidon Kremer and Alexander Melnikov. In addition to her full-time work, she pursues an extensive teaching career: a seminar in cultural management at the University of Lüneburg in 1996 was followed by lectureships at the Lübeck Academy of Music (1997), the Hanns Eisler Academy of Music Berlin (1998-2000) and the University of Witten-Herdecke (2004-2008). Since 2010, Sonia Simmenauer has been an honorary professor at the Musikhochschule in Hamburg. In 2008, she opened the Jewish Café Leonar and Jewish Salon in Hamburg's Grindelviertel and published a book "Muss es sein" (Does it have to be) with the Berenberg publishing house, which was celebrated in the feature pages. In 2009, Sonia Simmenauer and her agency moved from Hamburg to Berlin.|
Since January 2021, Ulrich Hauschild has been manager of the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra with its designated principal conductor Sir Simon Rattle. As Music Director of the Palais des Beaux-Arts Brussels (Bozar) between 2013 and 2020, Ulrich Hauschild was responsible for the complete musical programme and the development of the artistic mission of one of Europe's most important cultural centres. Before his time in Brussels, Ulrich Hauschild was managing director of "pèlerinages" Kunstfest Weimar with overall responsibility for the cross-disciplinary curated festival. Between 2005 and 2007 he worked as a consultant for the Lucerne Festival, the Staatsoper Unter den Linden Berlin, Unitel Classica and the Salzburg Festival. As artistic director of the Konzerthaus Dortmund, he was instrumental in shaping the new profile of the new concert hall in the first years of its development. As personal advisor to Gerard Mortier at the Salzburg Festival and as personal assistant to Robert Wilson, he gained experience with two of the most influential opera personalities of the 20th century.
Born in Munich in 1965, after training in ballet at the Heinz Bosl Foundation and the Munich Musikhoch-schule, he studied theatre studies, comparative literature and musicology at the Ludwig Maximilian University. After working for Bayerischer Rundfunk and ARD, as music and dance critic for the "Süddeutschen Zeitung", editor at at "Opernwelt", "Wochenpost" and "Tagesspiegel", he was music and dance editor at "Welt" from 1998; he has been an author there since 2017. In 1999 he was awarded the Critics' Prize of the Salzburg Festival. He has written numerous articles for newspapers and magazines at home and abroad, for encyclopaedias, anthologies, essay collections, specialist journals and radicals. In 2003 his book "The New Singers' Voices" was published, in 2006 "Opera directors today" and in 2008 "Rolando Villazón - The Art of Being a Tenor".
Review 19th Kissinger KlavierOlymp
30.09. - 03.10.2021
Every year in October, the Kissinger KlavierOlymp creates a podium for young pianists in Bad Kissingen. Six highly talented young pianists - all of whom are prize winners of national and international competitions - are invited to Bad Kissingen each year to perform their own solo programme for the jury and the Bad Kissingen audience. A jury of experts selects the prize-winners; in addition, the audience who have attended all the concerts awards an audience prize.
Six highly gifted young pianists who are among the outstanding young European talents are invited to Bad Kissingen every year to present themselves to the jury and the audience in Kissingen with a complete solo programme of their own in the renowned Rossini Hall/Max Littmann Hall. They are all prize winners of national and international competitions and have already made significant career steps.
A jury of experts will select the prize-winners; in addition, the audience who have attended all the concerts will award an audience prize. The three winners of the Kissinger KlavierOlymp are guaranteed an invitation to the next Kissinger Sommer.
Even after the competition in autumn, the Kissinger Sommer supports the pianists of the KlavierOlymp. Through cooperation with other organisers, the aim is to place the young prize-winners in artistic engagements outside the Kissinger Sommer.
The 20th Kissinger KlavierOlymp will take place from 6 - 9 October 2022.
The candidates of the 19th Kissingen Piano Olympics 2021
Promotion of the
Kissinger Piano Olympics
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The award winners of the
Kissinger Piano Olympics
|Year||1st place||2nd place||3rd place||Audience Prize|
|Stewart Goodyear||Kyrill Gerstein||Mihaela Ursuleasa|
|2004||Alexei Zouev||Igor Levit||Alice Sara Ott||Andrei Banciu|
Christian Ihle Hadland
|not awarded||Alexej Gorlach||Mona Asuka Ott|
|Michail Lifits||David Kadouch||Zhang Hai'ou|
Yeol Eum Son
|Olga Scheps||Benjamin Kim||Claire Huangci|
|Boris Kusnezkow||Kateryna Titova||Kiryl Keduk|
|Nareh Arghamanyan||Avan Yu||Alexei Grigorjew|
|Adan Laloum||Pawel Kolesnikow||Pawel Kolesnikow|
|not awarded||Beatrice Magnani||Magdalena Müllerperth|
Chi Ho Han
|Georgy Tchaidze||Aurelia Shimkus||Chi Ho Han|
|Niu Niu||Boyang Shi||Julian Jia|
|Maxim Lando||Clayton Stephenson||Jorge González|
|not awarded||Nikolay Khozyainov|
|Sergei Redkin||Viktor Soos||Luisa Imorde|
Juan Pérez Floristán
|Martin James Bartlett||Łukasz Krupiński||Martin James Bartlett|
|Tiffany Poon||Robert Neumann||Tomoki Sakata|
|Yoav Levanon||Ziyu Liu||Sergey Tanin|
|Sandro Nebieridze||Gustav Piekut||Giorgi Gigashvili|