Frank Dupree

Piano

Biography

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).

Frank commences his 2017/2018 season with his UK debut, performing Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3 in C Minor with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Carlos Miguel Prieto conducting. The season will also mark his third and final season as artist-in-residence of the Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz, where he has curated a cycle of creative concert programmes, play/directing all five Beethoven concerti in the process. Other season highlights include concerts at London’s Wigmore Hall, Brussels BOZAR, Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, Saffron Hall, Bristol Colston Hall, Baden Baden Festspielhaus, Ravenna’s Teatro Alighieri, and with the Staatskapelle Weimar, Essen Philharmonic, Stuttgart Philharmonic (play/direct), Duisburg Philharmonic, and the Wrocław Philharmonic.

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