Wolfgang Manz (Germany)
Wolfgang Manz is prizewinner of many prestigious international piano competitions such as Leeds (1981) and Brussels (Concours Reine Elisabeth, 1983), the Mendelssohn-Bartholdy – Prize Berlin 1980, 2nd prize at the National German Music Competition in Bonn 1982 and a jury discretionary award in the 1989 Van Cliburn International Pianoforte Competition in Texas/USA .
Since 1981 he has been much in demand as soloist with orchestras, in solo recitals and chamber music. His repertoire includes more than 50 piano concertos with orchestra and an extensive solo and chamber music programme ranging from Bach to Contemporary Music. In the 80s he performed with well-known orchestras and conductors, particularly with British orchestras as the English Chamber, Royal Philharmonic and BBC Symphony Orchestra (appearance at the London “Prom” concerts 1984 with Brahms 1st piano concerto).
Recital tours took him to cultural centres such as Cologne (Philharmonie), Berlin (Philharmonie), Hamburg (Laeiz-Hall), Munich (Herkulessaal), Salzburg (Festspielhaus), Frankfurt (Alte Oper), Brussels (Palais des Beaux-Arts), London (South Bank), Tokyo (Suntory Hall), Moscow (Conservatory), Santiago de Chile (Teatro municipal) and Amsterdam (Concertgebouw).
CD productions with Wolfgang Manz are available on the market : ARTE NOVA (Brahms piano concertos), CHANDOS Records (Dohnanyi piano quintet with the Gabrieli string quartet) and TELOS Records (Brahms late piano pieces and concertos for piano and orchestra, solo recital with Schumann, Liszt, Debussy). In 2011 Manz recorded a Liszt recital programme for TELOS records.
Wolfgang Manz regularly gives masterclasses in Germany, Belgium, Austria, Italy and South Corea. In 2000 he was appointed ordinary professor for piano at the University of Music Nürnberg, where he was also vice president from 2015-2017. From 2011 to 2014 Manz was guest visiting professor at the Leeds College of Music.
Wolfgang Manz is recently sought after as jury member in national and international piano competitions. Many of his students have already won major prizes at international piano competitions such as Leeds, Hongkong , Cleveland, Cologne, Vienna and Porto; some of them became professors at music universities in Hanover, Vienna, Seoul/Corea and York/GB.
photograph: Christian Ruvolo