Mario Häring was born in Hanover in November 1989 into a German-Japanese family of musicians and grew up in Berlin. He had his first piano lesson in 1994, though he’d had his initial experiences with violin and piano when he was just three years old. He had already become a pupil of Professor Fabio Bidini at the Julius Stern Institute of the Berlin University of the Arts, and of Professor Karl-Heinz Kämmerling at the Hanover University of Music, Drama and Media (HMTMH), before he finished secondary school. After completing a bachelor’s degree in piano under Professor Kämmerling and Professor Lars Vogt, he began studying in the master’s program for piano at the HMTMH in 2014.
Mario took master classes from noted musicians such as Paul Badura-Skoda, Walter Blankenheim, Pascal Devoyon, Andras Schiff and Anatol Ugorski. Moreover, he regularly takes part in intensive courses at the International Music Academy in Liechtenstein, where he has held a scholarship since 2011. He has also received scholarships from two prestigious German endowments, “Musikleben” and the Werner Richard – Dr. Carl Dörken foundation.
Mario Häring has been awarded first prize in sixteen competitions since 1995, both as a soloist and as a chamber musician. Following his orchestral debut at the Berlin Philharmonic Hall in 2003, he performed in other famous venues (Constance Philharmonic Hall, Konzerthaus in Berlin, Laeiszhalle in Hamburg, Suntory Hall, Bunka Kaikan and Metropolitan Theater in Tokyo), as well as six more times at the Berlin Philharmonic Hall.
Mario Häring has been a guest at numerous famed festivals (Braunschweig Classix Festival, Schwetzingen Festival, International Steinway Festival, Schleswig-Holstein Musikfestival, the Lucerne Festival Ark Nova in Matsushima, Kissinger Sommer and the Spannungen Festival in Heimbach. Moreover, he was the first “Director in Residence” at the :alpenarte Festival that was established in Schwarzenberg in the spring of 2017.
He has performed in numerous countries (Austria, China, Finland, Greece, Italy, Japan, Liechtenstein, Luxemburg, Namibia, Spain, Switzerland and the USA). In addition to solo engagements and orchestra performances, he is also passionately dedicated to chamber music, and shares this passion with the violinist Noé Inui. Together, they released the ICMA-nominated CD, “Identity”.
In 2018 Mario Häring won the second prize at the Leeds International Piano Competition as well as the Yaltah Menuhin Award for special achievements in the chamber music semi-final.
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