Pianist Alexander Schimpf will present a solo concert on Oct. 30 at 7:30 p.m. in Frohring Recital Hall. Schimpf is the winner of the Mixon First Prize and the Audience Prize at the 2011 Cleveland International Piano Competition. The concert, which is free and open to the public, will consist of music by Schubert, Brahms, Feldman and Beethoven. During his visit, Schimpf will also present a private master class.
Over the past few years, Schimpf has risen to prominence by impressively winning a series of competitions. Schimpf won the 2008 German Music Competition (a distinction no pianist had earned for 14 years), winning first prize at the 2009 International Beethoven Competition in Vienna and finally emerging as the first German pianist ever to win first prize at the 2011 Cleveland International Piano Competition. His final round performance at Severance Hall with the renowned Cleveland Orchestra was given a standing ovation and additionally honored with the Audience Favorite Prize. Since winning these notable awards, Schimpf’s career has gained momentum with regular appearances at important music centers around the world. In 2011 alone he gave debut recitals at the Vienna Konzerthaus, Berlin’s Konzerthaus and at Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Hall in New York.