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Irene Zandel, Photography

Since 2015 Babette Hierholzer is the new Artistic Director of the Rhinebeck Chamber Music Society.

     The debut of pianist Babette Hierholzer with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra was followed by numerous performances led by the renowned Conductors Sir Colin Davis, Klaus Tennstedt, Leopold Hager and Semyon Bychkov. She gave her American debut with the Pittsburg Symphony Orchestra playing Liszt Concerto No. 1 and her Canadian debut with the Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra playing Beethoven Concerto No. 2. On numerous occasions she performed in Mexico with the Orquesta del Nuevo Mundo under Johannes Bruno Ullrich.

     Ms. Hierholzer has performed extensively both in recital, chamber music and as soloist with orchestra in most of the countries of Europe, as well as in the United States, South America and Africa.

     Babette Hierholzer was born in Freiburg, Germany and studied with Elisabeth Dounias-Sindermann, Wolfgang Saschowa in Berlin, with Herbert Stessin in New York, with Paul Badura-Skoda in Essen and Vienna, with Maria Tipo in Florence and with Bruno Leonardo Gelber in Buenos Aires. Ms. Hierholzer won numerous first prizes, the “Viotti Concorso Internazionale de Musica” in Vercelli, Italy, the “Joanna Hodges” International Competition in Palm Springs and played her New York debut at Weill Carnegie Hall as winner of the “East & West Artists Prize For New York Debut”.

     She has recorded numerous recordings including a live recording of Mozart Concerto No. 23 in A Major KV 488 on TESTAMENT label with Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra under Klaus Tennstedt. Also she performed the sound track and double/stand-in role for Clara Wieck (played by Nastassja Kinski) in Peter Schamoni’s movie Spring Symphony about the life of Robert and Clara Schumann.

     In 2004 she and pianist Jürgen Appell founded the DUO LONTANO, which can look back to a successful more than ten years of concertizing on extended concert tours that led them to Italy, Germany, Venezuela, Mexico, Russia and to the USA and included an invitation to Caracas to perform Mozart’s Concerto for two pianos with the Sinfónica de la Juventud Venezolana Simón Bolivar conducted by Gustavo Dudamel.

     In 2015 GENUIN released a recording of DUO LONTANO performing works by Mendelssohn, which was recorded at the Gewandhaus in Leipzig. 

     In March 2016, the DUO LONTANO performed for the first time in Cuba, giving recitals in Havana and performing with the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de Cuba under Enrique Pérez Mesa.

     Ms. Hierholzer is the Artistic Director of the German Forum an organization, that is supporting and promoting outstanding young instrumentalists and singers from the German-speaking world by offering them an opportunity to perform in New York City. In 2014 The German Forum celebrated its 10th anniversary with a concert at the Bruno Walter Auditorium @ Lincoln Center.
Babette Hierholzer is a Steinway & Sons Artist.

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