Moritz Ernst’s piano lecture recital | pieces by Karlheinz Stockhausen (Klavierstück X), Sandeep Bhagwati (Stele I) and Minas Borboudakis (Palindormia)
Presented by SEGi College Subang Jaya.
Supported by Goethe Institut Malaysia and SMCC.
Date: 6th Jan 2014
Venue: SEGi College Subang Jaya, 6th floor recital hall
Moritz Ernst was born 1986 in Ostwestfalen, Germany and already began playing the piano at the age of five, taking lessons in Detmold. After graduating from high school at the early age of 16, he continued his piano studies, in 2002 at the Detmolder Musikhochschule, where he also studied musicology as well as being awarded several prizes during that time. 2003 he also became a private pupil of the well known professor for piano, Peter Feuchtwanger. Shortly thereafter his concert activities were launched with regular performances in Europe and abroad. (For example in Germany- Musikhalle Hamburg; Austria – Mozarteum Salzburg; England – Purcell Room London, Switzerland and Italy.) Some years later Moritz Ernst further studied piano with Prof Jean-Jacques Dünki and harpsichord with Prof Jörg-Andreas Bötticher at the Schola Cantorum in Basel, Switzerland, whereupon his career also as harpsichordist began. During these years of study he also attended master classes and workshops held by Günter Reinhold, Paul Badura-Skoda, Ferderick Rzewski and the Auryn Quartet.
Moritz Ernst is presently concertising as pianist, harpsichordist and chamber musician playing a wide repertoire ranging from baroque to contemporary music: in Germany (Piano Festival Feuchtwangen, Lake Constance Festival, Beethoven Festival Bonn), in England, France, Italy, Austria, Sweden, Romania, Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg, Switzerland and Russia. (St. Petersburg Sound Ways Festival) He has also held master classes at the Musikhochschule in Stuttgart, Germany and The Royal Music Academy in Malmö, Sweden.
Music of the 20th and 21st century is especially dear to his heart. Ernst has premiered several works as well as working closely with composers such as Eötvös, Pelzel, Winkler, Pflüger, Wohlhauser, Olofsson, Maros and Pröve, some of whom dedicated works to him. In addition he advocates the forgotten and less played composers; for example Johann Nepomuk Hummel’s Sonata op. 106, Feruccio Busonni’s Fantasia Contrappuntistica, the music of Samuel Scheidt, as well as music for the 16th tone piano. (micro tonality)
The international press highly acclaimed Moritz Ernst for his superb recording of music by Sir Malchom Arnold. “The Classical Music Magazine” granted him the highest rating and “The Gramophone” praised his sparkling and stimulating rendition of this recording. In addition he has performed for international radio stations such as DRS2 (Zurich), Radio Luxembourg, SR (radio of the Saarland), DeutschlandRadio Kultur, Deutschlandfunk and BBC London.
Extensive plans for future recording projects include: the harpsichord works of Kent Olofsson, the complete piano works of Viktor Ullmann, the sonatas by Norbert von Hannenheim in connection with Deutschlandradio (German radio) and the CD label EDA Records on two CDs and works by Bernfried Pröve (on 7 CDs). In 2014 the piano concerto by Victor Ullmann, in combination with Beethoven’s third piano concerto will also be recorded.
In June 2013 Moritz Ernst gave his debut performance with the Symphony Orchestra of Bern (Switzerland) under the baton Mario Venzago playing the 2nd piano concerto by Edward Stämpflis. In 2014 his Canadian debut as pianist and harpsichordist will also take place in Montreal.
The curiosity of Moritz Ernst to discover new facets of music and music history has led him to cooperate with musicians such as singer Eva Csapo, the violinists Egidius Streiff and Hans Heinz Schneeberger or the clarinetist Urs Brügger. His knowledge as musicologist has led to a cooperation with the Schott Verlag.