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Biography Mathias Weber
Born in Göttingen, German pianist MATHIAS WEBER received his first music lessons in Oldenburg, Lower Saxony. At the early age of eight years he had his first public performance of Bach’s preludes and fugues from the ‘Well-Tempered Clavier’. He continued his musical studies at Hamburg Music Academy in the subjects piano (E. Hansen), conducting (W. Brückner-Rüggeberg and K. Seibel) and music theory (C. Hohlfeld). Weber won a scholarship by the ‘Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes’ and thus was selected to represent the Federal Republic of Germany as a prolific young artist. Several prizes were awarded to him among which may be mentioned the prize of the ARD competition (German radio), the prize of the international competition in Rome as well as the Brethren Busch Prize.
As a soloist, chamber musician and Lied accompanist Weber performed in several European countries and likewise in the U.S.A. (Carnegie Hall) and in East Asia. – He gave concerts together with Christoph Eschenbach, Christoph Poppen, Alan Titus, Isabelle van Keulen, the Philharmonic Brass Ensemble Berlin as well as with well-known German and European orchestras. Moreover, Weber made his appearance at various international festivals. Numerous CD productions have contributed to document Weber’s enormous knowledge of a manifold repertoire of piano, chamber and orchestral music.
As a supporting staff member of the Schleswig-Holstein Festival he taught orchestral performance at the local ‘Orchesterakademie’. Furthermore, he instructed music classes at the Academy of the Hamburg Conservatory as well as the Hamburg Music Academy.
Weber also became known as the author of theoretical essays on music and the arranger of rarely performed musical pieces. He has an outstanding experience in performing on historical fortepianos, as he owns an Erard grand piano from 1858 himself, which is congenial to interprete the piano music by Wagner, Liszt and Chopin.
Mathias Weber has been cooperating with different musical partners, be it in the context of academic events such as the ‘Dies Academicus’ at Hamburg Conservatory or on occasions like the ‘Night for Liszt’ or an Erard Festival. Apart from a programme entitled ‘Doppelgänger’ (Tenor and Piano, see also CD 2015) further fascinating projects are planned for the future.