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Beethoven: The last piano works

Ateneul din Iași
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Sorina Aust-Ioan is an internationally renowned pianist with Romanian roots. She lives and works in Cologne, Germany. For this concert she returns to her place of birth, Iasi.

Diabelli-Variations, op. 120
Bagatelles, op. 126

The Austrian-Rumanian pianist Sorina Aust-Ioan performed Mozart’s A-Major and Beethoven’s B-flat-Major concerto in public at the age of ten and eleven in Iasi, Romania. Nine years old, she won the first price in the National Competition for Youth-Composition in Bukarest. Her first teacher was Prof. Florica Nitulescu, who was a student of the famous Alfred Cortot at the Paris Conservatory.
After family reunification she studied at the Vienna Music Academy in the master classes of Bruno Seidlhofer and Dieter Weber, having been accepted as a preparatory student already at the age of fourteen. During this time she encountered famous pianist-colleagues as Rudolf Buchbinder, Mitsuko Uchida, Nelson Freyre and many others. After her concert examination she continued her studies with Prof. Stefan Askenase (Künstlerbahnhof Rolandseck, near Bonn), where Martha Argerich was a colleague. During her studies she gained many honourable distinctions. There were contacts with several pianists as Claudio Arrau. Alfred Brendel appreciated her CDs, above all her ‚Fantasien’.
Since 1970 she gave piano-lessens at the Köln Conservatoire and was assistant professor at the Kölner Hochschule für Musik und Tanz. 2016 she was invited to a mastercourse in Montepulciano. She offers private mastercourses for piano in the whole world.
She gives concerts in the whole world and completes her CD-sequels ‘Fantsien’ (vol. 1-6) and ‘Tagebücher’ (vol. 1-3). Since 2012 she organizes festivals ‘Musik-Kunst-Literatur’ at different places in the world. By those festivals she is supporting the Deutsche Kinder-Krebshilfe.
Her piano repertoire encloses classical (Beethoven) and modern piano music (e.g. Pierre Boulez, Georg Kröll). She gave concerts for film music (e.g. Sir Malcolm Arnold, Bernhard Hermann at Köln Philharmonie). Recently in Paris there was a première of works by Philippe Dartois for piano and voices. In 2018/19 she will go on tour with world premières, e.g. the Konzert Fantasie by Matthias Hutter (dedicated to her).