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Biography:

“Wonders take some time” was the headline of an outstanding review, Helmut Mauró wrote in the Süddeutsche Zeitung which couldn’t have better described the incredible life path of “wonderpianist” Igor Kamenz.

His Solo-CD with 4 sonatas by Beethoven was welcomed enthusiastically by the critics. Axel Brüggemann wrote in Crescendo: “An absolute Must. If there is something like space which arises out of music then Igor Kamenz is an architect in this world.” Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung wrote: “an Atlas at the piano who takes all sounds of pains”.

The pianist and conductor Igor Kamenz was born in 1968 in the Far East of Russia on the river Amur close to the Chinese border. In 1975 he gave his debut as conductor of the Novosibirsk Philharmonia with a performance of Haydn’s 94th Symphony, “Surprise”. A series of concerts as pianist, soloist and above all as conductor followed between 1976 and 1978. Kamenz gave his first concert at the Kremlin as conductor of the Bolshoi Orchestra in October 1977. His concert with the Russian All Union Radio and Television Orchestra with works from Mozart and Johann Strauß was transmitted on 1 May 1977 over the entire Soviet television network.

Kamenz has been a student of Vitaly Margulis and Sergiu Celibidache for many years. He has been awarded 18 first prizes in international piano competitions. The artist has an extensive repertoire, ranging from Bach to Cage, although he is especially fond of piano compositions by Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert, the 19th century virtuoso literature, and music from the fin de siècle as well as the late Romantic Russian period. Kamenz’ recitals and solo concerts at the Schleswig Holstein Music Festival, at the Munich Herkulessaal and at Gasteig, at the Musikhalle in Hamburg, at the Bremen Glocke, at the Liederhalle Stuttgart, at the Bonn Beethovenhalle, at the Konzerthaus Berlin, at the Kennedy Centre in Washington, at the Salle Gaveau in Paris, at the Tonhalle in Zürich, at the Alte Oper in Frankfurt, at the Birmingham Symphony Hall, at the Mozarteum Salzburg, and his Liszt recital at the Large Hall of the Moscow Conservatory were triumphal. For the past years he was almost exclusively focusing on the piano.
Kamenz has recorded both for radio and television in the form of studio productions and concert recordings. Attila Csampai wrote of Kamenz’ recordings of works from Liszt, Rachmaninov and Tausig: “Kamenz’s feeling for subtle differences in timbre is phenomenal” (Scala), he continued “… works of art performed by a magician …a gladiator at the keyboard …who knows all the tricks … pianistic excellence and artistic intelligence that revitalize the tradition of the ‘old’ virtuosi in a modern and analytic way” (Musik und Theater). Harold C. Schonberg wrote: “a very beautiful record …elegant romantic playing without romantic bombast …his technique is of top international quality” (American Record Guide).

Igor Kamenz, „a giant of the keyboard” (International Piano), conquers concert halls not only with „finest nuances” and „almost incomprehensible virtuosity” (Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung). Much more, he melds these with „unbelievable beauty” and „extraterrestrial musicality” (FAZ) into a personal style that does not make virtuosity, but rather the means for seeking the message in the work at hand.