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Robert Lehrbaumer is an Austrian pianist, conductor, organist, director of festivals and concert tours, lecturer, music lecturer and, most recently, music humorist.
Life and career
He was born in Vienna on July 20, 1960 and started his career with piano lessons at the age of 6. During his childhood he was a member of the Mozart Boys Choir.
At the age of 15, in addition to attending grammar school, he entered the University for Music and Performing Arts in Vienna and started studying piano with Gertrud Schwarzbauer, Hermann Schwertmann, Heinz Medjimorec (master class with Josef Dichler), organ with Rudolf Scholz, conducting with Otmar Suitner, music theory and composition with Thomas Christian David.
Scholarships from Bösendorfer, Alban Berg Foundation, state awards. National and international competition prizes, etc. at the international music competition Geneva 1985.
At the age of 9 he started with regular piano performances in Austria and abroad and when he was 11 he had his first appearance as a soloist with orchestras and since then, concert tours have taken him, either as a soloist or as a conductor or both to almost all countries and capitals of Europe, in North, Central and South America, Africa as well as in the Near and Far East, in houses such as the Wiener Musikverein, the Wiener Konzerthaus to New York's Carnegie Hall and Tokyo's Suntory Hall and Casals Hall.
When appearing as a soloist he has performed with orchestras such as the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, the Vienna Symphony, the Vienna Radio Symphonic Orchestra, the NTO – Tonkünstler Orchestra and numerous other symphonic and chamber orchestras in Austria and abroad.
As soloist he has had musical partnerships with Claudio Abbado, André Previn, Yehudi Menuhin, Sandor Végh, Michel Plasson, Leopold Hager, Hans Graf, HK Gruber as a conductor and pianist he worked together with Walter Berry, Anton Dermota, Philippe Entremont, Kurt Equiluz, Friedrich Gulda, Clemens Hagen, Michael Heltau, Robert Holl, Renate Holm, Maresa Hörbiger, Mavie Hörbiger, Angelika Kirchschlager, Rainer Küchl, Helmut Lohner, Fritz Muliar, Elfriede Ott, Ernst Ottensamer, Erika Pluhar, Ildiko Raimondi, Wolfgang Schneiderhan, Gabriele Sima, Bo Skovhus, Wolfgang Schulz, Julia and Ktharina Stemberger as well as with many well-known ensembles.
He teaches master classes for conducting, piano and organ in Austria as well as at universities, colleges and conservatories in Europa, USA, Mexico and Asia. He is currently teaching at the International Academy of Music and Performing Arts Vienna.
He is manager of various well-known festivals, concert series, master classes and orchestras in Austria and abroad such as "Halbturner Schlosskonzerte" (www.halbturner-schlosskonzerte.at), "Meisterkonzerte St.Pölten” (www.klangweil.at/meisterkonzerte),“ Stift Altenburger Musik Akademie ”(www.ama.musique.at) and“ Schloss Thalheim Classic ”(www.schlossthalheimclassic.at).
His repertoire represents a big variety of music - from the Renaissance to numerous world premieres. He primarily promotes young composers and also outstanding 20th century composers who have yet to establish themselves in the conventional concert repertoire, such as Gottfried von Einem, Jenö Takács, Alexander von Zemlinsky, Franz Schmidt.
Lectures and publications on various musical topics in specialist journals such as the "Österreichische Musikzeitschrift" and books as well as "Studies on Franz Schmidt" by Doblinger:
Awards and Honors
- 2012 Lower Austrian Recognition Award
- 2014 Award of the title “Professor” by the Austrian Federal President
- 2018 Award of the Great Decoration of Honor of the Federal State of Burgenland
- Badges of honor / memberships of orchestras, choirs, municipalities / cities at home and abroad
- Member of the Board of Trustees of the "Jenö Takács Foundation"
At Sony, RCA-Ariola / Red Seal, Amadeo, ORF, Belvedere, KKM, Preiser Records
- "Mozart und da Ponte“ - Fernsehfilm von GERNOT FRIEDEL. pianist and actor besides HELMUT LOHNER, ARTIS-QUARTETT and others
- "Mit meinen heißen Tränen“ - for movie and tv by FRITZ LEHNER. piano-synchronisation of the Schubert-movie
- "Verwaiste Eltern“ - tv-documentation by MICHAEL CENCIG: Gustav Mahler, Kindertotenlieder with mezzosoprano ANGELIKA KIRCHSCHLAGER
- "Musik und Spiritualität“ - tv-potrait by MICHAEL CENCIG
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