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Silke Avenhaus

  • Pianist


Silke Avenhaus has accepted invitations to the  Marlboro Music Festival, to the Chamber Musuc Festivals in Prussia Cove and Moritzburg, to the  Berliner Festwochen and to the Rheingau Music Festival, to the  Salzburg Festspielen, the Lucerne Festival, the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, the Klavier-Festival Ruhr and to the Beethovenfest in Bonn. Silke Avenhaus has made guest appearances with the NDR Sinfony Orchestra Hamburg, the Berlin Radio Sinfony Orchestra, the German Radiophilharmonie and with the Munich Chamber Orchstra.

Born in the city of Karlsruhe, Germany, Silke won a number of competitions at an early age, studied with Bianca Bodalia and Klaus Schilde (University of Music and Performing Arts Munich), György Sebök (Indiana University, Bloomington) and with Sandor Végh and Andras Schiff.

Silke Avenhaus performs together with artists such as Tabea Zimmermann, Thomas Zehetmair, Benjamin Schmid, Christoph Poppen, Isabelle Faust, Marie-Luise Neunecker, Jörg Widmann, Clemens Hagen and with Sabine Meyer in the Ensemble Collage. An especially close musical affinitybrought her together with Quirine Viersen and Antje Weithaas, with both of whom she has produced several CDs.

Various composers have written works for which she has given first perfomances, for example Wilfried Hiller, Jörg Widmann, Magnar Aam, Akikazu Nakamura, Helmut Eder and Detlef Glanert.

 In only a few years Silke Avenhaus recorded more than 20 CDs with solo works, chamber music and orchestral pieces, among others for  EMI, ECM, Koch, Tudor, cpo, Berlin Classics, CAvi and harmona mundi. Included in these are works for Violin and Piano by Szymanowski (with Thomas Zehetmair),  Beethoven Cello sonatas (with Quirine Viersen), Schumann Violin sonatas (with Isabelle Faust), the "Quartett vom Ende der Zeit" (with the Munch-Trio and Charles Neidich), Mozart's concert aria  "Ch' io mi scordi di te" (with Juliane Banse and the Munich Chamber Orchestra under Christoph Poppen), the  "Concertino von Triebensee" (with the German Kammerphilharmonie), piano trios by Beethoven, Hiller and Mendelssohn (with the Munch-Trio).

The CD "leggiero, pesante", recorded together with the Rosamunde Quartett and Anja Lechner and with chamber music by Silvestrow, was nominated for the Grammy Award 200. She recorded the Brahms Piano Quintett with the Arcanto Quartett.

Most recently, various CDs have appeared with solo works: First recordings of Alexander von Zemlinsky (Naxos),  the "Buch der Sterne" by Wilfried Hiller as well as piano pieces by Robert Schumann and Peter Tschaikowsky.

The CD-Edition consisting of  Anthologies from Brahms, Schubert, Mendelssohn and French composers , produced together with Antje Weithaas on the CAvi label,  is being continued.

Silke Avenhaus teaches at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Munich and as a regular lecturer at the Villa Musica.

For Silke Avenhaus, bringing "classical music" to children and young people is of special importantance, whether it be with audio books for children, via workshops or taking part in the "Rhapsody in School" project initiated by Lars Vogt.