Frank Dupree

Piano

Biography

Winner of the 2018 Opus Klassik Award for Piano Concerto Recording of the Year (20th/21st century), German pianist Frank Dupree recently came to international attention as the laureate prize winner of the 2014 Deutscher Musikwettbewerb, captivating the judges with his musical maturity, refined technique and ability to draw a wide spectrum of sound and colour from the keyboard. Emanuel Ax has remarked that he is a ‘sincere, feeling, and enormously interesting artist, whom no doubt will be a major presence amongst the leading musicians of his generation’.

Initially trained as a jazz percussionist, Frank celebrates the breadth and depth of the piano repertoire, with a particular enthusiasm for the music of the 20th century as well as the music of living composers, having already been chosen to work closely with Péter Eötvös (Erdenklavier – Himmelklavier, world premiere recording in 2015 for the GENUIN classics label) and Wolfgang Rihm (Con Piano? Certo!, world premiere performance with conductor Justin Brown and the Badische Staatskapelle Karlsruhe in June 2015).

Recent and forthcoming highlights include his debut with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Carlos Miguel Prieto conducting, return invitations at London’s Wigmore Hall, Berlin’s Konzerthaus, Brussels BOZAR amongst others as well as a successful debut play/directing the Stuttgarter Philharmoniker, resulting in an immediate re-invitation and an ongoing relationship with the ensemble. Frank also completes his much-lauded three-season residency with the Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz and this season, will be artist-in-residence with the Theater Plauen-Zwickau. Additional highlights include debuts with the Trondheim Symfonieorchester, the Staatskapelle Halle and the Weimar Staatskapelle, recital debuts at London’s LSO St Luke’s, Hamburg’s Elbphilharmonie, Stockholm’s Konserthuset and Munich’s Allerheiligen-Hofkirche.

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Dupree embraced the whole spectrum with unfailing insight, authority and an irresistible dash of glamour’

Peter Reed

Classical Source

As soon as the strings and wind instruments stop, he sits down at the piano, playing as clearly as he conducts. This is how he always amazes, reacting to the orchestra with the most delicate tones, chains of trills, brilliant runs’

Anita Molnafr

PZ News