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Jörg DEMUS, piano


Maestro Jörg Demus was born in St. Pölten, Lower Austria, on December 2nd 1928. His mother was a concert violinist and his father, Prof. Otto Demus, a universally known art historian. Jörg Demus received his first piano lessons at the age of six and was allowed to enter the Vienna State Academy of Music when he was eleven. Besides the regular high school he studied piano with Walter Kerschbaumer, organ with Karl Walter, conducting with Hans Swarowsky and Joseph Krips and composition with Joseph Marx. After completing these studies in Vienna, he went abroad to study with Yves Nat in Paris, then with Walter Gieseking in Saarbrücken, later with Wilhelm Kempff, Edwin Fischer and Arturo Benedetti-Michelangeli.When Jörg Demus was 14 years old he made his debut at the famous Brahms-Saal for the prestigious Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde in Vienna. In 1950 he gave first concerts in Zürich and London and 1951 he went on his first extended tour to South America.His debut in Paris in 1953 at the Salle Gaveau turned into a regular sensation. The star critic, Clarendon, wrote an enthusiastic review under the title “Jörg Demus joue et gagne.”

In 1956 Jörg Demus won the important “Premio Busoni” at the international Piano Competition in Bolzano, Italy.Since that time Jörg Demus has performed in all the important music centers of the Old and the New World. His New York debut was followed by annual tours to the United States and since 1961 regularly tours to Asia, Australia and Japan.Jörg Demus has been for many years a regular guest performer at international festivals; he has often played under the baton of Herbert von Karajan, Joseph Krips, Carlo Zecchi, André Cluytens, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Seiji Ozawa and many others.Many of his recordings have won international awards. Up to now Jörg Demus hasachieved a repertory of more than 350 LPs, compact discs and video-recordings. He has recorded the complete piano works of Robert Schumann and Claude Debussy, J.S. Bach'sWell-Tempered-Clavier and Clavierübung, piano concerti of Bach, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven and Schumann, as well as important works of chamber music with the Wiener Philharmonisches Kammerensemble and Lieder, mainly with Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Elly Ameling and Peter Schreier. Several of Jörg Demus' recordings were inspired by his passion of collecting old historic keyboard instruments.

In honor of Beethoven's 200th birthday, Jörg Demus played on Beethoven's Broadwood and Graf pianos at the Beethoven Festival in Bonn. Near Salzburg the Jörg Demus Museo Cristofori, where visitors can appreciate the history of the piano, is growing and in master-classes in Europe (ILMA Vienna, etc.), USA and Japan he is an appreciated pedagogue. Jörg Demus has published musical essays under the title “Abenteuer der Interpretation” (“Adventures in Interpretation”) (Brockhaus Edition) and a book on Beethoven's Sonatas. Jörg Demus also composes - sonatas for violin and piano, violoncello and piano, trios, pieces for piano solo and several songs were created...

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