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Michael Gees

Michael Gees

"Throughout the evening Gees played as if he had composed the pieces himself and was therefore extremely vigilant to make sure the performance was carried out according to his inner ear. His eyes were not those of an artist intent on reproduction, but  shone rather a lambent look of passion, just as one might imagine the composer as the creator.“
N. Campogrande

Michael Gees’ biography certainly justifies the term: exceptional. Few others can claim to have a career already behind them at the tender age of fifteen: Born in 1953 into a world of sound and music, both parents are singers, the piano is his favourite toy at age three. Formal piano lessons follow at age five, and the young musician subsequently goes on to win the Steinway Competition at age eight and receives a scholarship at the Mozarteum in Salzburg.

The child prodigy is hailed as “Westphalian Mozart“, takes up studies at the conservatories in Detmold and Vienna and it seems as if he is fast on his way to become an internationally acclaimed pianist. Were it not for the gifted child’s longing to explore the world of sound on his own terms, to playfully experience his self like the great masters’ music, to invent their music all over again, note for note instead of limiting himself to a technical practice regimen. Michael Gees flees the pressure of a predetermined competitional career at the age of fifteen, leaves school, conservatory and home behind, supports himself through odd jobs, works as archeological assistant and, in the process, for the duration of two full years, becomes a sailor.

Chance leads him back to the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Hannover, where he resumes his compositional studies and eventually graduates. He now develops first rate pianistic chops on his own, composes a number of works, gains international renown as lied accompanist of extraordinary proportions with Christoph Prégardien and also appears in concerts globally; in Paris, London, New York and Tokio. All the while, he nurses and feeds his preference for combining the performance of music of past masters with living inspiration, thereby creating remarkable performances with his instrument.

In 1989, Gees founds “forum kunstvereint“ in his adopted hometown of Gelsenkirchen; the Consol Theater, also installed by him, opens its doors in 2001 on the confines of the former mining area Consolidation. There, music, dance and theatre projects take shape, where children, youths and adults alike are incited and encouraged to discover and realize their own artistic impulses. A steady number of CDs have been released from 1996 onward on forum kunstvereint, CPO and EMI, showcasing Michael Gees’ range.
Since 2008 Michael Gees is associated to the Netherlands label Challenge Classics. The 2009 release of the Schöne Müllerin with Christoph Prégardien won the MIDEM Classical Award and became Recording of the Year.
Michael Gees works on solo-recitals which enjoy breaking with tradition, on modernized lied-renditions, melodramas and stage music.

Tourdates

11-12-2018 Consol Theater,
A Matter of Heart

A Matter of Heart

Olivier Darbellay / Christoph Prégardien / Michael Gees

Henry Hugo Pierson, Franz Schubert, Konradin Kreutzer, Franz Lachner, Benjamin Britten, Carl Kossmaly
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Bach - Mendelssohn - Metamorphosis

Bach - Mendelssohn - Metamorphosis

Michael Gees

Felix Mendelssohn, Johann Sebastian Bach
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Liederkreis

Liederkreis

Anna Lucia Richter & Michael Gees

Benjamin Britten, Johannes Brahms
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Secret Key Masters

Secret Key Masters

Michael Gees / Frans Ehlhart / Marion von Tilzer

Michael Gees, Frans Ehlhart, Marion von Tilzer
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15-12-2017 Fono Forum
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14-11-2017 Kerk & Leven
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27-09-2017 De Standaard
05-07-2017 Fanfare Magazine
01-12-2016 Luister
25-10-2016 De Volkskrant
02-08-2016 Basia Con Fuoco
06-03-2016 Klassiek Centraal
01-03-2016 Fono Forum
01-03-2016 Luister Magazine
21-02-2016 Klara's
13-02-2016 Radio Bremen
19-01-2016 Bachtrack
30-12-2015 Opera Nederland
14-12-2015 NRC Handelsblad
05-12-2015 De Hand Van Guido
02-12-2015 Volkskrant
01-12-2015 BR Klassik
01-06-2015 Klassieke Zaken
04-05-2015 NRC Handelsblad
27-04-2015 Musicweb
21-04-2015 Opera Magazine
20-04-2015 NRC Handelsblad
03-02-2015 Diapason
18-01-2015 Prize CD in Licht op Vier Radio 4
14-01-2015 NDR Kultur
08-01-2015 WAZ
06-01-2015 WDR TonArt
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31-12-2014 De Volkskrant
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02-09-2013 BBC Music Magazine
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