Moritz Winkelmann - pianist
German pianist Moritz Winkelmann has been praised by audiences and critics alike for
his enormous range of expression and pianistic facility. He performs around the globe
as a soloist and chamber musician, and his playing has been lauded in the Mannheimer
Morgen as possessing “resilience and compelling sound balance.”
He has performed with the Beethoven Orchester Bonn under the baton of Stefan
Blunier, the New York Classical Players, the Lower Saxony State Orchestra, the
Mannheim and Varna Philharmonic Orchestras, the Kurpfalz Chamber Orchestra, the
Cologne Chamber Orchestra and the Peabody Symphony among others. Of his
appearance with the Lower Saxony State Orchestra, the Hildesheimer Allgemeine
Zeitung wrote that “the musical intensity of this extraordinary artist turned Liszt‘s Piano
Concerto No. 2 into a first class thriller.”
Moritz Winkelmann made his Carnegie Hall debut in 2010 and has since been reinvited
regularly. He has undertaken tours of Europe, the United States, China and Japan and
appeared at the prestigious Rheingau, Schwetzingen, Schleswig-Holstein and Ravinia
festivals. As a musician with a deep commitment to chamber music, Mr. Winkelmann has
also participated in Music@Menlo in California and Fejøs Festival in Denmark. He has
shared the stage with Itzhak Perlman, Wolfram Christ and Leon Fleisher.
His media appearances include broadcasts on WFMT Chicago, WBJC Baltimore, SWR
and WDR in Germany as well as DR Copenhagen. Additionally, a documentary featuring
Mr. Winkelmann was produced and broadcast by German National Television ZDFneo.
Moritz Winkelmann was awarded Third Prize at the International Telekom Beethoven
Competition in Bonn as well as First Prizes at the Harrison Winter Competition in
Baltimore, the Richard Laugs Beethoven Competition in Mannheim, the BadenWürttemberg
Tone-Artist Competition and the Mannheim National Theater Mozart
Competition. In addition, he was awarded the Mozart Prize by the Mozart Society in
Stuttgart and Pauline Favin Memorial Award by the Peabody Conservatory.
Moritz Winkelmann began his piano studies under the tutelage of his grandfather
Gerhard Wilhelm. He earned his undergraduate degree with Michael Hauber at the
University of Music and Performing Arts in Mannheim. With the support of DAAD, the
Baden-Württemberg Foundation of Arts, and the German National Academic
Foundation, Moritz Winkelmann continued his studies with the legendary Leon Fleisher
at the Peabody Conservatory of Music in Baltimore.
Also Ferenc Rados and Marisa Somma have provided crucial artistic advice.
Mr. Winkelmann is a faculty member at the University of Music and Performing Arts in
Stuttgart and at the Konservatorium Bern. He is also Artistic Director of Klassik im
Klösterle Weil der Stadt.