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Wolfgang Manz, curriculum vitae

1960 born near Düsseldorf, grown up and matriculation at Solingen
1966-1972 first piano lessons in Wuppertal with Walter Püttmann
1973-1979 pianistic instruction received by Prof. Drahomir Toman (Prague-Remscheid), several prizes at the German National Youth Competition “Jugend musiziert”, 2. prize final stage in 1978
1980-1986 studies at the University of Music Hanover in the class of Prof. Karl-Heinz Kaemmerling , until 1986 all exams and diplomas as concert pianist 1976-1986 instruction in composition received by Prof. Friedrich Radermacher / Cologne and Prof. Alfred Koerppen / Hannover

Prizes and scholarships

1979 1st prize Steinway-Competition Hamburg
1979 1st prize Grotrian Steinweg-Competition Braunschweig
1979 1st prize International Pianist´s Youth Competition “Alfred Cortot” in Milano/Italy
1980 2nd prize International Competition for Pianists Senigallia/Italy
1980 1st prize (Mendelssohn Bartholdy Prize) offered by the “Foundation Prussian Cultural Heritage” Berlin
1981 2nd prize at the Leeds International Pianoforte Competition/UK
1982 2nd prize at the German National Music Competition Bonn
1983 2nd prize at the “Concours Reine Elisabeth” Brussels/Belgium
1984 Cultural prize by the “Foundation Solingen 600” (“Foundation Baden”)
1982 and 1985 scholarships and concerts by the Mozart Society Dortmund
1989 Jury Discretionary Award at the “Van Cliburn International Pianoforte Competition” in Texas/USA
from 1981 extensive concert tours in Europe and the Far East, regular radio- and CD-productions , soloist with renowned orchestras and conductors (see seperate lists)
1983 participation at the “Marlboro Chamber Music Festival” in Vermont/USA after invitation by Rudolf Serkin
1984 soloist at the London “Prom concerts”, one of the world´s most important music festivals, with Brahms 1st piano concerto at the Royal Albert Hall (BBC Symphony Orchestra)
1989 foundation of the piano duet “Reine Elisabeth” with Rolf Plagge, several concert tours and CD recordings
2001-2010 Soloist with orchestras such as the Nuernberg, Jena, Rostock , Göttingen Westphalian, Bielefeld, Halle Philharmonic, with the “Niederrheinisches Sinfonieorchester”, the “ Niederösterreichischen Tonkünstlerorchester” and the West Bohemian Symphony

Jury member

1996 – 2008 “Jugend musiziert”, biggest National Youth Competition in Germany, Göttingen Chopin-Competition and Chopin Society Hanover
2001 National German Music Competition Bonn
2002 1. Bavarian Radio “ Musikzauber Franken” Competition Ansbach
2006 International Competition for Young Pianists in Vaals/NL (“Prix Amadeo”)
2007 “Walter Gieseking – Piano Competition” at the Music University Saarbrücken
2008 at the International Sergej Rachmaninov – competitions for young pianists in Darmstadt/Germany and Moscow / Russia
2006 und 2010 International Competition for Young Pianists Ettlingen/Germany
2009 und 2011 Georges Enescu – Music Competition Bucarest /Rumania
2011 International Music Competition “Prague Spring”
2011 International Piano Competition “Ricard Vines” in Lleida / Spain