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Rudi Spring

Rudi Spring was born in Lindau at Lake Constance in 1962. Composer and Professor Alfred Kuppelmayer gave him his first lessons in music theory, piano and composition, an influence which proved decisive in Spring’s further development as an artist. In 1978 he went on to study organ and piano in Bregenz (Austria), where his particularly sensitive talent as a duo partner became rapidly evident. Cellist Heinrich Schiff soon took notice of him as well: they shared the stage a number of times, and in the early 1980s Spring wrote a number of chamber and orchestra works featuring solo cello. By that time he was already studying composition and piano at Munich Musikhochschule, while serving as organist at the Protestant church in nearby Freising. Spring makes regular appearances as a pianist. In 1999 Rudi Spring was appointed to teach Lied interpretation at Munich Musikhochschule. In 2005, Spring resided as a fellow at the German Academy’s Villa Massimo in Rome. He guested at the Ruhr Piano Festival for the first time in 2008, collaborated on our Education Projects in 2009 with vocalist Salome Kammer, and appeared at the Festival for the third time in 2015.

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Jean Sibelius, Edvard Grieg, Alexander Scriabin
Edition Klavier-Festival Ruhr Vol. 34 / Live Recordings 2015
Henri Sigfridsson & others