Gottlieb Wallisch, piano
Gottlieb Wallisch is one of the fastest rising representatives of the younger generation of Austrian artists; Virtuosity and sovereign individuality are the hallmarks of his playing.
Born to a Viennese family of musicians, Gottlieb Wallisch was admitted to the Vienna University for Music and Performing Arts at the age of six years, and later graduated with distinction from the class of Heinz Medjimorec. He has participated in master classes given by Oleg Maisenberg and Dmitrij Bashkirov, and studied with Pascal Devoyon in Berlin and with Jacques Rouvier in Paris. Gottlieb Wallisch is a prize winner of several international piano competitions, amongst which is the 1st Prize and the „Grand Prix Ivo Pogorelich“ at The Stravinsky Awards (USA). He was also a finalist both at the 1999 Queen Elizabeth Competition in Brussels and at the XXI. Concours Clara Haskil in Vevey in 2005.
Gottlieb Wallisch has performed with leading orchestras including the Wiener Philharmoniker, the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester, the Sinfonia Varsovia, the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra, the Camerata Salzburg, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, the Trondheim Symphony Orchestra and the Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra, under conductors like Giuseppe Sinopoli, Dennis Russell Davies, Lord Yehudi Menuhin, Louis Langrée, Sir Neville Marriner, Christopher Hogwood, Philippe Entremont, Kirill Petrenko, Lawrence Foster and Walter Weller. Numerous concert tours have taken him to the USA (Carnegie Hall, Washington DC, Krannert Center West Palm Beach), Great Britain (Wigmore Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall), Japan, Hong Kong, South America, the Middle East, Africa, and many European countries, including Spain, Germany and Switzerland.
In the season of 2001/02 he participated in the international cycle “Rising Stars”, and gave solo recitals in the largest European capitals as well as in the USA (Musikverein Vienna, Konserthus Stockholm, Societé Philharmonique in Brussels, the Athens Concert Hall, Wigmore Hall, London and the Carnegie Hall, New York).
He has made appearances at renowned festivals and concert halls, for example the Lucerne Festival, Klavierfestival Ruhr, Beethovenfest Bonn, Schubertiade Schwarzenberg, Tonhalle Zürich,Festival de Wallonie, Singapore Arts Festival. In the summer of 2002, Gottlieb Wallisch gave his much-acclaimed debut at the Salzburg Festival. Recent seasons have seen him performing at the Musikhalle Hamburg, the Kölner Philharmonie, “De Doelen” Rotterdam, the Budapest Spring Festival, the December Nights in Moscow and his China-debut with the Camerata Salzburg in Beijing and Guangzhou. In the Mozart anniversary year 2006 and the Haydn anniversary year 2009 he gave a cycle of concerts in the Musikverein Vienna dedicated to the works of these composers.
As a respected artist of the Viennese piano tradition he has recently signed to the British recording company LINN records. After his debut CD with this label, “Mozart in Vienna”, a new Mozart-album will be released in mid-2012.
Gottlieb Wallisch is founder and artistic co-director of the “Austro-Armenian Music Festival”, held annually in Yerevan. In 2010 he was appointed professor for piano at the Haute École de Musique de Gèneve.
“The greatest thing for us performers is to make a phrase sound like you never heard it before.”
(Dame Janet Baker)
“…he captivated from the first notes with crystal clear, transparent sound, the utmost precision and emotion.” (Die Presse)
“…evidence of fingers exceptionally vigorous, nimble and purposeful.” (BBC Music Magazine)
“It is a pleasure to welcome a young pianist into the company of true Schubertians… Wallisch’s performance demonstrates his complete musical empathy with Schubert. He plays with a light, sparkling touch and singing melodies, following Schubert’s markings faithfully, with tasteful and unexaggerated expression.” (Fanfare)
“Gottlieb Wallisch has reached the stage where a young performer has conquered all of the technical obstacles to proper communication. he possesses a strong touch, supple dexterity and more than adequate degree of accuracy.” (Frederick L. Kirshnit – Carnegie Hall, 2002)
“… Gottlieb Wallisch and the Cologne Chamber orchestra – Wallisch proved himself to be an exceptional performer of Mozart – not only was he able to bring out the very best of Mozart’s narrative character of the piano concerto K.537 but also its brilliance and many varied nuances … standing ovaitions for the Austrian pianist after his phenonmenal performance of Schuberts F minor Impromtpu as an encore.” (Neue Ruhr/Rhein Zeitung)
“… Gottlieb Wallisch exquisitely played the Mozart Concerto No.25 in C, KV 503. He was making music in a relaxed, tranquil manner. Helped by a warm, rounded and varied touch, he played sensitively and yet powerful. He had the courage to seize the music and to charge it with his own vision.” (Eindhovens Dagblad)
“As before, pianist Gottlieb Wallisch turns in affectionate, idiomatic and warmly phrased performances that are hard to beat.” (www.classicstoday.com)
“Accomplished beauty of sound, competency in expression and a confident technique.” (El Mundo)