Cologne Piano Trio – Biography - Günter Ludwig, Piano

Günter Ludwig, Piano

Günter Ludwig

After a rudimentary and indicatory musical education at the Music Secondary School of his hometown Frankfurt, Günter Ludwig grew into his profession on detours.

Private piano studies with August Leopolder with the literature of the 18th and 19th century influenced his artistic development as well as his dealing with composers of his generation.

Prizes at international competitions led to first concerts which were soon followed by invitations to most European countries, America and East Asia.

In orchestral concerts Günter Ludwig played with Istvan Kertesz, Sir Georg Solti, Horst Stein and Günter Wand, among others.

His particular inclination for chamber music led to numerous encounters with great interprets like Arthur Grumiaux, Nathan Milstein, Janos Starker, Henryk Szeryng and the Amadeus Quartet.

Among his many recordings are all piano trios of Mozart and Beethoven, the duo sonatas of Beethoven, Brahms and Busoni, and piano music of Schubert and Schumann.

Half a lifetime Günter Ludwig was professor for piano at the Conservatory of Music in Cologne, temporarily also guest professor in Bloomington, USA. He was jury-member at international competitions like Bolzano and Genève.

He is free contributor at the Schott publishing company and the “Wiener Urtext-Edition”.

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