Markus Schlemmer was born in Hagen, Germany, in 1965. A holder of a scholarship provided by Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes, he studied the piano first in Essen under Detlef Kraus and graduated in Hanover after studying under Karl-Heinz Kämmerling. Subsequently, he participated in master courses by such renowned pianists as Menahem Pressler, Mieczysław Horszowski, Malcolm Frager, Yara Bernette and Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau. His success in the Deutscher Musikwettbewerb competition was followed by two performances with chamber music formations in the series Bundesauswahl Konzerte Junger Künstler.
Markus Schlemmer taught at Berlin’s University of the Fine Arts and performed with the Linos and Scharoun ensembles during the Berliner Festwochen music festival. Moreover, several press articles praised his talent as a chamber musician and lied-accompanist.
Schlemmer participates regularly in projects that involve members of the Berliner Philharmoniker formation, appreciates performing chamber music with artists such as cellist Ithay Chen and violinist Boris Kucharsky, and performed as a soloist under such famous directors as Frank Beermann, Michael Halász, Toshiyuki Kamioka and Heinz Wallberg.
In 2015, he released a CD entitled Morgen! that was recorded live when he accompanied the mezzosoprano Michaela Schuster during the Eppaner Liedsommer festival. The press warmly welcomed the recording (Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik, Editor’s Choice of the Gramophone magazine and “CD of the Month” of the Opernwelt magazine).
Photograph ©: Georg Krause