Till Fellner

Pianist Till Fellner plays with scrupulous musicianship, purity of style, and sparkling keyboard command – qualities that have earned him acclaim throughout Europe, the United States and Japan. His readings of the works of Bach and Beethoven in particular have placed him among the elect in this repertoire, and the inspired ingenuity of his performances of such 20th century masters as György Kurtág and Elliott Carter have earned him many accolades.

This season, Till returns to the Montreal Symphony for performances of Beethoven Concerto No. 4 with Ken Nagano – a work they have previously recorded together on the ECM label; and to the Pittsburgh Symphony for performances of Beethoven Concerto No. 3 with frequent partner, Manfred Honeck.  He performs Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 2  with the St. Louis Symphony and collaborates again this season with Maestro Nagano in Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy at the Deutsche Symphonie-Orchester Berlin.  In the spring, he returns to Berlin to play Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 2 with Ivan Fischer and the Konzerthausorchester.

In 2015/16 season, Till Fellner made his debut with the Berlin Philharmonic (Mozart with Bernard Haitink) and appeared with the NHK and Chicago Symphonies, the Osaka Philharmonic, Le Concert Olympique, and with the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields and Sir Neville Marriner, and at the Paris Philharmonie with Herbert Blomstedt.  He continued his partnership with tenor Mark Padmore, performing lieder recitals in Germany and in Vienna, Tokyo and Seoul; and with the Belcea Quartet for performances of the Brahms Piano Quintet in Budapest, London, Bilbao, Florence, and Vienna.  He was heard in solo recitals in Lyon, Boston, Amsterdam, at the Wigmore Hall in London, Monte Carlo, and at the Gilmore Festival in Michigan, among other places.

In North America Till Fellner has appeared recently with the San Francisco Symphony and Semyon Bychkov performing Mozart, the Pittsburgh Symphony with Manfred Honeck for Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 4, the Boston Symphony with Bernard Haitink, and the Chicago Symphony with Manfred Honeck.  Fellner has appeared regularly with the Montreal Symphony and Kent Nagano and has played recitals at Carnegie Hall, San Francisco Performances, the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society and at the Washington Performing Arts Society.

In recent seasons, Fellner completed his critically acclaimed complete Beethoven piano sonata cycle, which he performed over three seasons in New York at the Metropolitan Museum of Art; at the Konzerthaus in Vienna, Wigmore Hall in London, the Salle Gaveau in Paris, and Toppan Hall in Tokyo. In addition to performing Schubert’s Winterreise on tour with Mark Padmore, he appeared at the Orford Festival International de Musique with Kent Nagano and the Montréal Symphony; with the Orchestre National de France, the Philharmonia Orchestra of London, and with the Munich Philharmonic.  He was Artist-in-Residence with the Bamberg Symphony where he played numerous programs, including concerts with Herbert Blomstedt and Manfred Honeck.  He has appeared in recital throughout Europe and America, and in Russia, Japan, and Malaysia.

In 1993 Till Fellner came to world attention by winning First Prize at the important Clara Haskil International Piano Competition at Vevey, Switzerland. Since that time, Fellner has appeared as guest soloist with many of the world's foremost orchestras, working with conductors such as Claudio Abbado, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Herbert Blomstedt, Christoph von Dohnányi, Bernard Haitink, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Kurt Masur, Leonard Slatkin, and Franz Welser-Möst, among many others. He has also performed as partner to cellist Heinrich Schiff and violinist Viviane Hagner, as well as with Mr. Padmore, Lisa Batiashvili and Adrian Brendel.

Till Fellner has an impressive discography to his credit on the EMI, Claves, Erato, Philips, and ECM labels, the most recent release being a CD of Harrison Birtwistle’s Chamber Music with Lisa Batiashvili, Adrian Brendel, et al.  His 2010 ECM recording of the Beethoven Piano Concertos Nos. 4 and 5, with Nagano and the Montreal Symphony, was singled out for its clarity and impeccable beauty. Fellner appears on an ECM album of new works by Thomas Larcher, and his recording of Bach’s Two- and Three-Part Inventions and French Suite No. V, has received widespread critical praise, in keeping with his acclaimed ECM recording of the first book of Bach’s monumental Well-Tempered Clavier.

Fellner has also recorded Mozart’s Piano Concertos Nos. 19, 22, and 25; Beethoven’s Concertos Nos. 2 & 3; a selection of Beethoven piano sonatas; Beethoven’s works for cello and piano (with Heinrich Schiff), Schubert’s Sonata in A minor D.784 plus 6 Moments musicaux4 Impromptus and 12 waltzes; Schumann’s “Kreisleriana,” Op. 16 and Schönberg’s Suite for Piano, Op. 25.

Till Fellner was a student of Helene Sedo-Stadler and has studied privately with Alfred Brendel, Meira Farkas, Oleg Maisenberg, and Claus-Christian Schuster.


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