"C. Bechstein grand pianos give pianists with individual sound and subtlety all the possibilities."
Severin von Eckardstein
Severin von Eckardstein ranks among the major German pianists of his generation. Laureate of the 2003 “Grand Prix International Reine Élisabeth” held in Brussels, he has given solo recitals and concerts with great orchestras in famous venues throughout the world (Berlin, Munich, Madrid, Moscow, London, Paris, New York, Amsterdam, Trondheim, Budapest, Hong Kong, Tokyo and Seoul), performing under such conductors as Valery Gergiev, Philippe Herreweghe, Lothar Zagrosek and Marek Janowski. His debut concerts with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra under Paavo Järvi and the Dallas Symphony Orchestra under Jaap van Zweden were much acclaimed. In November 2020, with most European concert halls closed due to the pandemic, he performed for the first time with the Mariinsky Orchestra under Valery Gergiev in Saint Petersburg and the Ural Philharmonic Orchestra in Yekaterinburg.
Von Eckardstein first studied under Professor Szczepanska and Professor Kämmerling, then under Professor Hellwig in Berlin, where he graduated as a concert pianist. Subsequently, he studied at the International Piano Academy Lake Como, took private lessons from Alfred Brendel and participated in several master classes. Since then, he has personally given master classes in South Korea, Finland and Belgium, as well as in the Netherlands and at the University of Fine Arts in Berlin.
Fond of chamber music, he regularly performs with such renowned musicians as Barnabás Kelemen, Isabelle van Keulen, Igor Levit and Isang Enders. Together with Franziska Hölscher, he also founded the chamber music festival “Klangbrücken” held at the Konzerthaus in Berlin.
Severin von Eckardstein has recorded a number of CDs with works by Schubert, Scriabin, Medtner, Wagner and Schumann, some of which won prizes. Most notable are The Nightwind, a CD with works by Schubert, Debussy and Medtner that he recorded in April 2012 at Duisburg’s Mercatorhalle on a C. Bechstein D 280 concert grand piano, and his CD with works by Debussy and Dupont that was released in 2018 and was awarded a “Diapason d’or”. His next project will be a recording of Prokofiev’s sonatas.
Photos: © Andreas Otto Grimminger/K&K, Yoshie Kuwayama