To date, Tobias Haunhorst has performed in numerous prestigious venues including Philharmonie Essen, Tonhalle Düsseldorf, Jahrhunderthalle Bochum, Stadthalle Wuppertal, Zeche Zollverein Essen (UNESCO World Cultural Heritage), Palácio Nacional de Queluz (Lisbon), Beurs van Berlage (Amsterdam), De Doelen (Rotterdam) and at the Schleswig-Holstein Festival.
He has played in Germany, Italy, Poland, Portugal, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom and performs regularly as a soloist with orchestras such as the Bergische Symphoniker, Neue Philharmonie Westfalen, Bayer Philharmoniker and the Wuppertal Symphony Orchestra. Recently he collaborated with the Arch Sinfonia Orchestra for a performance of Beethoven’s Emperor Concerto in London’s LSO St Luke’s, and performed Schumann’s Concerto with the Cologne Chamber Orchestra under Christoph Poppen.
From an early age on Tobias won numerous awards and prizes in Germany, including first prizes in the national competition “Jugend musiziert” (soloist category), the Rotary Piano Competition, the Westphalian Van Bremen Piano Competition, the Lions Musical Competition and the Ferdinand Trimborn-Promotional Competition. He was selected to study at Pre-College-Cologne (Junior department of the HfMT Köln) under the tutelage of Prof. Josef A. Scherrer. During this time Tobias also received the North Rhine-Westphalian Savings Banks’ and Senioren-Union NRW’s Advancement Awards as well as the Illies-Scholarship (Stiftung Musikleben) and a scholarship from the Richard Wagner Society, Dortmund. He was recorded life by NDR (German Broadcasting Corporation).
Further studies took him to London, where he recently completed his degree at the Royal Academy of Music under Ian Fountain – generously supported by Kluth-Stiftung Jugend und Kultur and Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben. He is also very grateful to the Kathleen Trust, the Zetland Foundation and arteMusica-Stiftung for their support.
He is currently taking lessons with Prof. Arnulf von Arnim at the Conservatory of Frankfurt, Germany.
Tobias has attended lessons and masterclasses with Yevgeny Sudbin, Christopher Elton, Carole Presland, Michael Dussek, Manfred Aust, Ilja Scheps, Georg Friedrich Schenck, Gerald Fauth, Bernd Goetzke, Jura Margulis, Steven Osborne, Imogen Cooper, Pacal Devoyon, Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Robert Levin and Paul Badura-Skoda.
Tobias’ particular interest for contemporary music has also been reflected by the following awards and prizes: “Best Interpretation of Ostracised Music”, and “Classical Modern Music” (WESPE – special awards weekend), first prize – “New Music” at “Jugend musiziert”, the “Stefan Heucke” award at the seventh Van Bremen Piano Competition and the special award “Modern” at the Rotary Piano Competition. He enjoys collaborating with composers, who hold his performance of their works in high esteem. He was awarded a masterclass scholarship by Ensemble Modern and – as a member of Studio musikFabrik NRW (Young People’s Ensemble of New Music) – played in the International Summer Courses for New Music in Darmstadt.
Tobias was born in Solingen, Germany in 1993.
Royal Academy of Music, Duke’s Hall, London
“Bayer Kultur”: Erholungshaus Leverkusen, Germany
Asolo, Venetien, Italy
Beethoven and Chopin
Stadthalle Unna, Germany
Duo-Recital with Nadège Rochat, Cello
Debussy, Beethoven, Schumann, Franck
Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Frankfurt am Main, Germany
“shortcut” – Composer Portrait Stefan Heucke
2nd Piano Sonata Op. 79 “Nun danket alle Gott“ –
Performance-Lecture in cooperation with the composer
The dynamic layers could be felt almost physically. Dance-like sequences, dramatic progressions and Lisztian cascades revealed […] a pianist who shapes rich nuances in sound like a painter on a canvas.
His touch is powerful and round. Structures were never blurred, not even in the most vigorous forte. His playing is a true „ear opener“, which became evident in the metamorphosis of the simple Corelli theme in Rachmaninov’s Variations, combining Baroque Italian forms with rhythms from Russian folklore. Widely spaced sound, rich chords, warm colours – the audience wholeheartedly enjoyed his tempestuous, yet sophisticated playing.