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Michael Rische

Michael Rische is part of a small group of musicians who consistently enrich the music scene with their research on the field of interpretation. By recording the piano concertos of Beethoven (No. 3 in C Major) and Mozart (No. 20 in D Minor), the pianist has also taken an unusual path: these are the only recordings that give the listener a choice between cadences from different epochs.

His commitment to the music of the twentieth century, however, quite clearly marks a contrast to his work on earlier repertoire: the original or first premieres of piano concertos by George Antheil (2001, London) and Erwin Schulhoff (1993, Augsburg), as well as recordings of other works in the “jazzy” style by Copland, Honegger, Gershwin and Ravel, have gained him an international reputation.

After recording works from Johann Sebastian Bach until contemporary composers on his album “Variations on B-A-C-H”, Michael Rische has been working with growing success on reaffirming into the music scene the nearly forgotten piano concertos by J.S.Bach’s son Carl Philipp Emanuel. Since 2011, he has been causing a stir with his recordings so far, and the media has been enthusiastically commenting on his recordings. During C.P.E. Bach’s anniversary year of 2014, there was a Europe-wide live broadcast by the MDR in Leipzig featuring two of his piano concertos.

Michael Rische, born in Leverkusen, studied in Düsseldorf with Max Martin Stein (piano) and Milko Kelemen (composition). He received additional major inspiration from Rudolf Serkin, Pierre Boulez and Nicolaus Harnoncourt.

His cooperation with conductors such as Sylvain Cambreling, Yuri Simonow, Christoph Poppen, Grant Llewellyn, Michael Boder and Wayne Marshal, as well as orchestras such as the Staatskapelle Berlin, the WDR Symphony Orchestra in Cologne, the Radio Symphony Orchestra Berlin, the Orchestre National de Belgique, the German Symphony Orchestra Berlin, the Bamberg Symphony and the BBC Symphony Orchestra London have opened up for him concert halls of Europe, Israel, the USA and China. Michael Rische was Artist in Residence at the international Kurt Weill Festival in Dessau.

His twenty CDs as a soloist with EMI, Universal, Sony, and Hänssler CLASSIC testify to his repertoire. On his recent recording he plays with the Berlin Barock Soloists, the chamber orchestra of the Berlin Philharmonic.

Furthermore, Michael Rische teaches as professor at the Cologne academy of music.

The first time he played a piano concerto from Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach was in March 2009 with the Cascais and Oeiras Chamber Orchestra.

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