Prize for the Best Piano Performance in the category Duo for Voice and Piano (Lied) donated by Alfred-Reinhold-Stiftung Leipzig
Blüthner- Grandpiano (1,90 m) produced by Julius Blüthner Pianofortefabrik Leipzig
Lukas Maria KUEN, Piano (Germany)
Lukas was born in Erlangen in 1974 and received his first piano tuition at the age of five. From 1986 to 1993 piano lessons with Vivienne Keilhack in Erlangen, concurrent cello and organ studies. Winner of state and national prizes at the „Jugend musiziert“ competition in the divisions piano solo and accompaniment, including the national prize for accompaniment in 1999. In 1993 he won the 2nd prize in the „Nürnberger Klavierwettbewerb“. Lukas studied chamber music with Friedemann Berger and Lieder with Donald Sulzen from 1995, completing his performance exams with honours in 1997. The same year he commenced Michael Schäfer’s piano masterclass, adding studies in vocal accompaniment with Helmut Deutsch from 1998.
In 1999 he received a scholarship from the „Villa Musica“ Foundation in Rheinland-Pfalz and was awarded 3rd prize at the Salomon-Lindberg-Wettbewerb „Das Lied“ in Berlin. In the same year he completed his postgraduate piano studies and received teaching contracts at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater München und der Hochschule in Gründung Nürnberg/Augsburg. In 2000 he was accepted onto Yehudi Menuhin’s „Live Music Now“ programme. In 2001 he attended masterclasseses with Thomas Brandis, Kalle Randalu, Klaus Schilde, Irwin Gage, Jens-Peter Maintz und Nina Tichman. He has also accompanied masterclasses with Reri Grist, Deon van der Walt, Julius Berger und Pierre Amoyal. Lukas has performed as a casual member of the Symphonieorchester des BR, the Münchner Kammerorchester, the Bamberger Symphoniker and the Münchner Symphonikern, as well as performing as a soloist (with concertos by Mozart, Beethoven, Schumann, Rachmaninow) with various orchestras and chamber concerts with members of the Bamberger Symphoniker. He has also recorded for the Bayerischer Rundfunk.
from left to right: Wenzel, Blüthner, and Rector Kolleritsch