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Japan Concert Series from February 5 to February 19, 2018


As part of a Japan Tour, Matthias Kirschnereit plays in Tokio and Kumamoto.

The concert in Tokio is played in the Tokio Opera City Hall with the Tokio City Orchestra and will be conducted by Ken Takesaki.

Additionally, there will be two master classes in Tokio and Kumamoto.


Awards for new Brahms recording


The new Brahms recording "Frei aber einsam" is being positively reviewed by music journalists. The album is CD of the Month in Fono Forum 11/17 and Stereo 10/17 as well as CD of the Week in SR2 and ORF radio and is a 3sat Culture Highlight. The Pizzicato magazine awarded the CD with a Supersonic award.

Marius Staebler from Fono Forum praises the CD as "...hard to stop listening to it..." and says  "...the record has an addiction potential and is in my opinion one of the most excellent brahms recordings of the last years."


Charity concert with the Hamburgian Brahms society


On the occasion of the coming restauration of their most eminent piece on display, the Hamburgian Brahms Society hosts a charity concert. All donations go to professional restauration of the square piano at the Brahms Museum Hamburg. This instrument created by the Hamburgian piano company Baumgardten & Heins in 1859 was used for music lessons by Brahms in 1861/62. On October 12, 2017 Matthias Kirschnereit and Olaf Kirsch will play a concert at the Hamburgian Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe both on the historic square piano and a modern grand piano. The concert will commence at 7 PM. Admission is free, but donations are kindly requested.

→ Invitation (deutsch)

New Album: "Frei aber einsam" to be released on August 25, 2017


“For me f. a. e. [frei aber einsam] has remained a symbol, and it is in my gift, despite all, to invoke it.” Johannes Brahms to Joseph Joachim, March 5, 1888 Johannes Brahms sought solitude, in order to find freedom in music and in composition. In his new album “Frei aber einsam” – free but lonely – pianist Matthias Kirschnereit brings Brahms’s timeless music into the present day. What can we learn from his works? “Certainly not that we should renounce love and all live the ascetic life”, says Kirschnereit. “But perhaps that we need to focus, take time out and ask ourselves where we want to go. And we can best do that in a state of solitude in the most positive sense of the word. Then we may be able to catch flashes from our own personal chasms. They can sound so sweet! Brahms cultivates dark melancholy, after all, not kitsch.” F.A.E. is thus a reference for the pianist to a captivating and at the same time puzzling composer, coupled with a thought of Johannes Brahms the man, of his life’s motto. In the two “monoliths” – the F minor Sonata and the F minor Quintet – this motto takes musical form. The Scherzo from the eponymous Sonata for piano and violin was Brahms’s first musical involvement with this subject. The close link between Brahms’s artistic achievement and his philosophy of life is well documented. “He made it clear to his friends time and again that he wished to live wholly for music, wholly for his compositions. He was concerned that bourgeois obligations, which he viewed as fetters, would harm his work”, the pianist says.




Exiting news close to year's end...


Stepping into the breach: A last minute concert announcement at the Stadttheater Hildesheim with piano concert pieces from Mozart and Bach together with the Mendelssohn Chamber Orchestra Leipzig and its conductor Andreas Mitschke at December 7, 2016.

The audience has voted: Having to choose between 20 different pieces for the the jubilee concerts of Neue Philharmonie Westfalen (New Philharmony Westfalia) between Dec 12 and 14, 2016, the audience decided for Rachmaninows Concert in C minor op. 18. The concerts will be conducted by Johannes Wildner.

Tickets available at Reservix



On Air! Mendelsohn-Concert recording to be broadcasted by SRF2 and WDR3


For those interested to tune into a radio:

A recording of the swiss debut performance of Mendelsohn's 3rd piano concert performed by Matthias Kirschnereit and the Argovic Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Douglas Bostock will be broadcasted by SRF 2 Kultur on November 27, 2016 at 10pm MET.

"... one of the great pianists of our daya! Aargauer Zeitung from November 4, 2016.

Additionally, on November 29, 2016 a recording of my piano evening in Aachen with works from Mendelsohn, Ginastera and Brahms will be broadcasted by WDR 3 from 8:04pm MET.
"... You couldn't perform Mendelssohn more beautiful!" (Aachener Zeitung, from November 13, 2016)

The concert has been published to →Soundcloud, too!

Masterclasses in autumn 2016

123_MasterClasses.jpg Matthias Kirschnereit helds a masterclass for german-speaking students at the Vogtlandkonservatorium in Plauen, Germany from November 16 to November 20, 2016; the online application and further information can be found at the website of theVogtlandkonservatorium.


Audio recording for the ARD Radiofestival

122_Rheingau.JPG The recording of the recital performed at the Reingau Musikfestival on 9 July 2016 has been broadcasted in the ARD Radiofestival on 6 September 2016.

Additional concerts in the summer of 2016

121_Maria.JPG Matthias Kirschnereit replaces Maria João Pires in the piano master series of the Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern at the magnificent venue Konzertkirche Neubrandenbug.


Fantastic press reviews for the Gezeitenkonzerte Festival 2016

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"SummerNightsDream" - the fifth Gezeitenkonzerte Festival in Ostfriesland

116_Gezeiten2016.jpg The fifth Gezeitenkonzerte festival with its motto "SummerNightsDream" will present wonderful artists like Elisabeth Leonskaja, Daniel Hope, Nils Mönkemeyer, Lars Vogt, Alban Gerhardt, Magali Mosnier, Lise de la Salle, Felix Klieser, Jan Vogler, Markus Groh, Tanja Tetzlaff, the Kuss Quartett, the David Orlowsky as well as the Tingvall Trio, The English Baroque Soloists, the Akamus Berlin, the Götz Alsmann Band, Rufus Beck, Helmut Lachenmann and many more. The festival is under the patronage of the Prime Minister of the Federal State of Lower Saxony, Stephan Weil.

For further information and concert tickets please visit the homepage of the Gezeitenkonzerte.


Masterclasses in summer 2016

118_MasterClasses.jpg Matthias Kirschnereit gives a masterclass during the summer campus of the HMT Rostock and the Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern from 19 to 26 August 2016 in Rostock; online application here.

He also gives a masterclass for the festival "Vielsaitig" from 29 August to 4 September 2016 in Füssen. Further Information and application here.

New management

117_gerberlogo.jpg Since 1 March 2016 Matthias Kirschnereit is represented by Gerber Artists, Leipzig.


Songs without words in German classic charts

111_lieder ohne worte cover.jpg Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdys & Fanny Hensels Songs Without Words have been listed in the German classic charts this month (september 2015).

Gezeitenkonzerte - retrospective 2015

110_Gezeiten 2015.jpg Superb artists, sold out concerts and a new visitor record (more than 9,000 sold tickets) - this were the Gezeitenkonzerte 2015.

Enthusiastic reviews can be found in the Gezeitenblog under Presse.


Masterclass and concerts in Fuessen, 3 - 9 September 2015 (Festival "vielsaitig")

Matthias Kirschnereit has been invited once more to give a masterclass during the festival "Vielsaitig". In addition, he plays a Recital (7 September 2015) with works by Scarlatti, Haendel and others.

Registration for the masterclass here.

Master Class in Manchester (18 - 22 August 2015)

108_IMG_7148.JPG Matthias Kirschnereit again is a tutor at Chetham's Summer School for Pianists in Manchester; for details go to


Preview first half year 2015

I am looking forward to many wonderful concerts with fantastic chamber Music and partners like Daniel Müller-Schott, Sharon Kam, Alban Gerhardt, Carolin Widmann, David Orlowsky, Gabriel Schwabe, Felix Klieser, Shirley Brill, Ingolf Turban, Nicola Jürgensen, Jan Vogler, Kit Armstrong, Julian Steckel, Carolina Ullrich, Lena Neudauer as well as the Klenke- and the Verdi Quartet.

My recording of the complete Songs Without Words by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy and his sister Fanny Hensel will be released soon by Berlin Classics.

Concert review 2014

It has been a wonderful, manifold concert year: Performances at Cologne Philharmonie, Herkulessaal Munich, Festspielhaus Baden-Baden, Tonhalle Duesseldorf, Beethovenhalle Bonn, Konzerthaus Berlin, Ruhrfestspielhaus Recklinghausen, Teatro Municipal Santiago de Chile, National Concert Hall Taiwan, University of Arts Vienna as well as Festival concerts at Sopot Open Air, SHMF, Festival Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, the Bachtage Hamburg and Wuerzburg, Festival Vielsaitig and of course the Gezeitenkonzerte.

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Gezeitenkonzerte - retrospective and preview 2015

101_Gezeiten 2014.jpg The Gezeitenkonzerte Festival 2014 exceeded all expectations. Wonderful artists like Tine Thing Helseth, Julian Steckel, Sharon Kam, Lars Vogt, Dominique Horwitz, Alfred Brendel, the Tetzlaff Quartett, Nils Mönkemeyer, Hille Perl, Maurice Steger, Peter Ruzicka and many more gave unforgettable performances. More than 8,000 visitors were enthusiastic.

Preparations for the upcoming season are in full swing: The 4th Gezeitenkonzerte Festival Ostfriesland will take place from 19 June till 9 August 2015. For details go to Gezeitenkonzerte.

Jury member of the 9th Hamamatsu International Piano Competition (21 November - 8 December 2015)

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Masterclass and concerts in Fuessen, 30 August - 6 September 2014 (Festival "vielsaitig")

Matthias Kirschnereit has been invited once more to give a masterclass during the festival "Vielsaitig". In addition, he plays a duo concert with Christian Tetzlaff (29 August 2014) as well as a quintet together with the Verdi Quartet (3 September 2014).

Registration for the Masterclass here.

Jury Chairman of the international piano competition 'Ton und Erklaerung' in Frankfurt a.M. (29 - 31 January 2015)

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Gezeitenkonzerte 2014

96_Gezeiten 2014.jpg From 20 June until 10 August 2014 great artists like Tine Thing Helseth, Julian Steckel, Sharon Kam, Lars Vogt, Dominique Horwitz, Roger Willemsen, das Tetzlaff Quartett, Hille Perl, Maurice Steger, Peter Ruzicka and many more can be experienced in Ostfriesland! For details go to Gezeitenkonzerte.

Two live recordings on air

1 May, 11 a.m., Deutschlandfunk (Mozart) and 4 May 2014, 11 a.m., NDR Kultur (Mozart and Haendel)


Concert Highlights 2013/2014

Concerts with the Staatsorchester Rheinische Philharmonie Koblenz conducted by Daniel Raiskin, the Deutsche Kammerakademie Neuss conducted by Lavard Skou Larsen, the Beethoven Orchestra Bonn conducted by Stefan Blunier, the Virtuosi Saxoniae under Ludwig Güttler, and the Konzerthaus Orchestra Berlin (play & conduct).

Recitals in Hamburg, Taipeh, Vienna, and Santiago de Chile.

Duo-Recital with Christian Tetzlaff (violin) at the Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern (August 2014).

Bach piano concertos for 1 to 4 pianos together with Kit Armstrong, Markus Groh, and Andrea Lucchesini and the Bach Collegium München in Philharmonie Cologne, Festspielhaus Baden-Baden, Tonhalle Duesseldorf and Herkulessaal Munich.

Fantastic critics for the 2nd Gezeitenkonzerte Festival 2013

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Mozart's birthday celebration in Munich's Philharmonic Hall

Together with the Bach Collegium Munich conducted by Mexican Maestra Alondra de la Parra, Matthias performed Mozart's piano concerto in A K 414 and the triple concerto K 242 (together with Anna Gourari and Pietro de Maria). Pietro also played the double concerto K 365 together with Roborto Cominati.

The Sueddeutsche Zeitung was impressed by the "wonderful Mozart sound" and the thoughtful Andante which Matthias Kirschnereit performed in a touching manner (29 January 2013).

Successful tour together with Ingolf Turban and „Virtuosi di Paganini“

Together with violinist Ingolf Turban and the Chamber Orchestra „Virtuosi di Paganini“ Matthias Kirschnereit has been on tour from 25 January to 5 February 2013. The program covered Mendelssohn‘s double concerto d minor and Mozart‘s piano concerto in A major K 414.

"Ja, so muss Mozart klingen!"
Rheinische Post, 26 January 2013

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Fantastic Reviews on Kirschnereit's Schubert Album "Wanderer Fantasy"

„Was bei Kirschnereits Interpretation besonders auffällt, ist die Aufmerksamkeit für die zahlreichen Details, die er mit viel Liebe in seinem subtilen Spiel unterstreicht.“
Pizzicato Magazin Luxemburg, April 2012

Sensationell interpretierte Wanderer-Fantasie, Klangfülle waltet hier allenthalben! Klug eingesetzte Steigerungen und überbordende Virtuosität begeistern gleichermaßen.“
Financial Times Deutschland, 19 February 2012

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International Chamber Masterclass at Schloss Weikersheim (4 - 15 September 2013)

23_Abschlusskonzert 002.jpg Matthias Kirschnereit teaches at the 58th International Chamber Music Course of Jeunesses Musicales Germany at Weikersheim; for details go to

Picture: MK with Heime Müller and Uli Wüster


Mozart workshop in Munich (15 - 17 November 2013)

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TONALi13 Grand Prix Hamburg (26 - 31 August 2013)

19_Tonali.jpg Matthias Kirschnereit is a jury member at the TONALi13 Grand Prix in Hamburg; for details go to

Picture: Preselection together with Lauma Skride and Boris Matchin


4th Manchester International Piano Concerto Competition and Master Class (14 - 20 August 2013)

20_IMG_7148.JPG Matthias Kirschnereit is a jury member and tutor at the 4th International Piano Concerto Competition for Young Pianists in Manchester; for details go to