Severin von Eckardstein (born in 1978) is a worldwide performing pianist and winner of numerous competitions. His recordings attract wide interest too. Severin von Echardstein, born 1978 in Düsseldorf, received his first lessons in the age of 6. He studied under professors Barbara Szczepanska, Karl-Heinz Kämmerling and Klaus Hellwig in Düsseldorf, Hanover and Berlin. Further ideas he received at the International Piano Academy Lake Como in Italy.
Severin von Eckardstein won prizes at numerous national and international competitions like the "Ferrucio Busoni International Piano Competition" (1998), ARD Competition in Munich (1999) and "Leeds International Piano Competition" (2000). His greatest success: In June 2003 Severin von Eckardstein won the first prize at the highly prestigious international Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels. Since then he is playing worldwide and participates regularly at music festivals, for example at the Klavier-Festival Ruhr or in La Roque d'Antéron (France).
His recordings attracted wide interest. He recorded his CD "The Nightwind" with works by Schubert, Debussy and Medtner on a C. Bechstein concert grand piano D-280 in the Mercatorhalle Duisburg in April 2012.
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Severin von Eckardstein Live at Duisburg’s Mercatorhalle
Severin von Eckardstein performed at Duisburg’s Mercatorhalle during a Bechstein Piano Evening on 15 April 2012. The programme included Franz Schubert’s Sonata D 784, the second set of Claude Debussy’s Images, and the rarely performed Sonata in E Minor, Op. 25 No. 2, (Nachtwind) that Nikolai Medtner composed in 1911. All of these works can be heard on a live CD recording published under the label KuK.
The seriousness and intensity with which von Eckardstein imbues Schubert’s Sonata in A Minor; the wealth of tone colours this winner of Brussels’s Queen Elisabeth Music Competition draws from the C. Bechstein concert grand piano for Debussy’s Images; the virtuosity of his interpretation of Medtner’s sonata: all this really breathtaking. Ingo Hoddick states in an article published in the Rheinische Post: “Von Eckardstein is captivating through his music with clear tonal contours and his serene and passionate approach of playing the piano. He does it all with virtually no gimmickry or flamboyance – which cannot be said of many contemporary artists”.
The CD also includes three poetic pieces by Prokofiev, Scriabin and Tchaikovsky. These encores offered to the euphoric audience demonstrate von Eckardstein’s sensitivity in conjuring a magical atmosphere from a C. Bechstein concert grand piano.