Biografie

SHORT VITA

»With sensibility and a sense for sound, amazing musical intelligence«, described critics the versatile young artist, who became from Steinway & Sons the Titel "Young Steinway Artist", from BR a "BR-Classic-Special prize", won several first prizes with special prizes in renowned competitions and festivals, e.g. at Braunschweig Classix under the Jury Deutsche Grammophon, NDR. At "JUMU" he get at least first prize with the highest score, Special prize and sholarships from the German Foundation for Musical Life. In the season 2014/15 he won 1. prizes with numerous special prizes in AT, DE, FR, GR, US, e.g. the first prize and “Schubert” Special prize at the International Rosario-Marciano Piano Competition. He is a scholarship holder of the German Foundation of Musical Life, DAAD, German Scholarship of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research and the Hans and Eugenia Jütting Foundation.

Already in 2011 critics wrote: »You should make a note of the name Maximilian Schairer now«. He considered one of the most interesting musician of his generation. He inspires press, professors and the general public alike with his natural manner and magical-exciting interpretations elaborated into the finest nuances and a sensitive colourful sense for sound and is distinguished by a profound knowledge of the work. His repertoire ranges from baroque to the 21th century. He places one focus in the works of Beethoven, Bach.

He was invited for numerous concert performances in prestigious concert halls in Europe and USA. He has also concertized at renowned festivals such as ATTACA for Contemporary Music, Braunschweig Classix, Festival International de Musique Dinard, MUSIKFESTUTTGART, Ludwigsburger Schlossfestspiele, LUCERNE FESTIVAL, Salzburger Festspiele, US International Romantic Festival. Furthermore he performed for the 60th “diamond jubilee” of Queen Elizabeth II, in the presence of German Federal President Gauck and gave his orchestra debut when just 12 years old with the renowned Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra. Another Highlight: his US Carnegie Hall-Debut 2014, where he performed again in 2015. In the season 2017, he impressed by his Song Hall-orchestra-debut with Beethovens Piano Concerto in the Beethoven Hall  together with the CSO and also successful in Mozarts Piano Concerto with the JSPE at the Esslinger Meisterkonzerte from the sks-Russ-Konzertdirektion. In 2018/2019 he he plays with the Chamber Orchestra arcata, opens Stuttgart's new classical festival ZUKUNFTSKLANG and will appear with the Stuttgart Philharmonic.

He gives lecture concerts, concert moderations, wrote a premiere study, which was rated by the Int. Bachakademie, located at University Library Mozarteum Salzburg. Also he works with the composer Pablo Quaß.  The collaborative work "networked"  won 2016 in the US Int. Composer Competition and will be played in the season 2017 in NY and recorded on CD. Currently, they are creating a common new composition in cooperation with Daimler AG. He is currently continuing his studies with Michael Hauber.

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Accents

His interpretations are described by renowned artists and the critics as »with sensibility and a sense for sound, coupled with technical ability and an extraordinary artistic maturity«. Maximilian Schairer is considered one of the most interesting musician of his generation and inspires press, professors and the general public alike with his natural manner, with magical-exciting interpretations elaborated into the finest nuances and a sensitive colourful sense for sound. He is distinguished by a profound knowledge of the work. His repertoire ranges from baroque to the 21th century. He places one focus in the works of Ludwig van Beethoven, Johann Sebastian Bach as well as in the preservation of the historic music tradition with Tradition & Zeitgeist.

He found his musical role models and goals very early on being deeply influenced by his participation in many events, lecture concerts, and courses at the International Bach Academy. As well as playing piano, he is also interested in the organ, historical keyboard instruments, conducting and the complete works of Johann Sebastian Bach. Social engagement at charity concerts and events is a great importance for him, for example with joint concert afternoons for the handicapped and able-bodied in the Amseltheater in Stuttgart, Germany. He also completed a community internship at the Arbeitsgemeinschaft Dritte Welt e.V., an organisation for the third world-refugee counselling, migration services, and projects for preschool for parents and children. 

Awards

As the youngest participant so far in the history of the renowned International masterclasses of the Bach Archives in Leipzig for the performance practice of the works of Johann Sebastian Bach, he has received since 2009 repeated active attendance authorization that allowed him an early study of Bach. He was awarded the special prize of the Bavarian Broadcasting Service, which recorded his interpretation of the French Suite VI BWV 817 and transmitted them on BR Classics radio station. 

Maximilian Schairer won first prizes with special prizes in several renowned national and international competitions, e.g. he won the first prize in the competition »Career enhancement for young musicians« of the International Braunschweig Classix Festival under the Jury Deutschen Grammophon and NDR. In the season 2014/15 he was awarded with more first and special prizes. At the 51st federal competition he achieved the first prize with the highest score in all three rounds as well as the soloist special prize of the German foundation for Musical life for outstanding performance. Furthermore, he was awarded the music promotion prize 2014 donated by German savingbank and the scholarship by the Baden-Württemberg Arts Foundation. The International Association of Art Greece awarded him the first prize in the category piano, also the International Music Competition Grand Prize Virtuoso Paris, which the Commitee created after the Prize Winner Concert specially for the outstanding performance of Maximilian Schairer a special price - "Young Star" Grand Prize Virtuoso -. His US debut began successfully with 1st prize at the International Romantic Festival 2014 as well as the 1st prize and Gold medal at the Debut International Piano Competition 2015. At the International Rosario-Marciano-Piano Competition Vienna 2015 he won the first prize and the Schubert-Specialprize. In 2015 the German Foundation of Musical Life awarded him the Carl-Heinz Illies-scholarship.

He won the 2nd prize in the European Music Competition in Slovakia as the youngest and first German participant to date. As one of the youngest participant since 1950, Maximilian Schairer was admitted taking part in the renowned XIX. International Johann-Sebastian-Bach-Competition Leipzig. He was not able to take part due to an injury shortly before the 1st round.

2012/13 he wrote a 50 page study »The melodic life in baroque Germany - Johann Sebastian Bach‘s “well-tempered clavier“ and his interaction with 18th Century society«. This was rated by the International Bach Academy as well as the State University of Music and the Performing Arts Stuttgart (DE) and is located at University Library Mozarteum Salzburg (AT).

In 2015 he is chosen from Steinway & Sons for the selected circle of "Young Steinway Artists" and from US Golden Key Music Festival as "Golden Key Artist".

In 2016 he premiered in Hamburg his commissioned work "networked" by Pablo Quaß which won in 2016 in the US International Composer Competition and will be played in the season 2017 in NY and recorded on CD. The German Foundation of Musical Life awarded him again the Carl-Heinz Illies-scholarship and he became the Hans and Eugenia Jütting Scholarship. In 2017 he became the DAAD-PROMOS Scholarship, 2018 the German Scholarship of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research.

Studies

As the youngest participant in the history of the renowned masterclass for »Performance Practice of the works of JS Bach« received Maximilian Schairer in 2009 a personal invitation from the Bach Archives in Leipzig. Since then he has extended his musical knowledge by regular participation in numerous masterclasses in Germany and abroad under the Bach expert and Mozart researcher, Robert Levin. Maximilian Schairer caught Robert Levin's attention by his unique natural feeling, his "il gusto" and his comprehensive insight into baroque performance techniques. He was invited in more special invitations by the Bruckner University Linz (AT) to the masterclass »Historical performance practice« 2012, by the Goethe-Institute Boston (US) to the »Masterclass Bach« 2013, by the Emil-Gilels-Foundation (DE) to the Festival-Masterclasses 2014, by the LUCERNE FESTIVAL (CH) in their Festival-Academy 2014 and 2015. From 2010-2016 he studied also at the International Summer Academy Mozarteum Salzburg (AT). In 2015 he participated also in the VIP-Academy Vienna (AT), 2016 in the Int. Mendelssohn Academy Leipzig (DE).

As well as piano, Maximilian Schairer studies historical keyboard instruments and historically informed performance. In studies, masterclasses, workshops he have been worked with Bernard d'Ascoli, Dmitri Bashkirov, Menno van Delft, Christopher Elton, Gerald Fauth, Julia Fischer, Viera Fischer, Romuald Noll, Monika Giurgiuman, Jörg Halubek, Robert Levin, John Perry, Matti Raekallio, András Schiff, Christine Schornsheim. Because of his holistic musical thinking he completed an internship in 2012 in the piano workshop of Steinway Gallery Matthaes GmbH.

He is now continuing his studies with Michael Hauber. He is also influenced artistically by Ya-Fei Chuang, Christopher Elton, Martin Helmchen, Murray Perahia.

Concerts

Engagements enabled him to perform until now more about 200 concert performances at home and abroad. In 2016 he celebrates »10th stage anniversary«. Maximilian Schairer is a welcome guest at the Musical Summer Festival hosted by the Southern German Chamber Symphony and has concertized at renowned festivals e.g. ATTACCA Festival for Contemporary music, Braunschweig Classix Festival, Festival International de Musique Dinard, MUSIKFESTUTTGART, Ludwigsburger Schlossfestspiele, LUCERNE FESTIVAL, Salzburg Festival, US International Romantic Festival. He has been giving solo recitals since 2010 and gave his orchestra debut when just 12 years old with the A major concerto BWV 1055 from Johann Sebastian Bach together with the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra. Further invitations to orchestral concerts included e.g. with Johann Sebastian Bachs c minor concerto for two harpsichords BWV 1060 he performed at the Stuttgart Organ Academy, the Southern Germany Champer Symphony. In the season 2017, he gave his Song Hall-orchestra-debut with Beethovens Piano Concerto in the Beethoven Hall together with the CSO and also successful with Mozarts Piano Concerto and the JSPE at the Esslinger Meisterkonzerte from thee sks-Russ-Konzertdirektion.

He is regularly invited by politicians and business entrepreneurs to provide the musical framework of charity concerts and events, for instance the Theodor Heuss-prize-awards (in the presence of Federal President Joachim Gauck), the Hans-Peter-Stihl-prize-award, for entertainer Harald Schmidt, climber Reinhold Messner, actress Katharina Thalbach, maestro of taste Jörg Mink and for the 60th jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II. His pronounced interest in musicology means that he has been arranging lecture concerts since 2012. He is currently continuing his studies with Michael Hauber. 

Appearances

His concert activities have taken him until now to Europe and USA.

He gave concerts in renowned Concerthouses like Carnegie Hall New York (US), Opéra National Bastille (FR), "Vienna Hall" Salzburg (AT), „Solitär“ Mozarteum Salzburg (AT), Ehrbar Hall Vienna (AT), Toni-Areal Zürich (CH), Philharmonie Košice (SK), City Hall Brunswick (AT), Gasteig Munich (DE), Wilhelma-Theatre Stuttgart (DE), Theatre House Stuttgart (DE), Song Hall Stuttgart (DE).

Privat

Maximilian Schairer (1997) is a German pianist and harpsichordist with German-Austrian-Czech-Jewish origin.

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My 21st century-thinking-tips for every day

»Lead us to reconciliation, tolerance and fraternity on our little fragile planet, our common home!«

Samuel Pisar  (Jew, Unesco ambassador, author of the text of Leonard Bernstein‘s Symphony No 3)

»By enoy, might and greed people have destroyed our environment, started wars and lost friendships. In the 21st century it is high time to change our views and behaviour. Music builds bridges, music connects people!«

»Think in Music - in respect –- in peace – in responsibility - think in environmental protection!«

»Music has the power to change the world!«

Maximilian Schairer

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