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Heidrun Holtmann: Bio

Heidrun Holtmann was born in Münster, Germany, where she began her musical education at the age of four. Five years later she was accepted by the Music Academy of Detmold, where she worked with Renate Kretschmar-Fischer and completed her studies with highest honours. Holtmann's study with Kretschmar-Fischer is in continuation of the tradition of german pianists and their successive teacher-pupil relationship which stretches back to Ludwig van Beethoven.

She was awarded several prizes at national and international competitions. In 1979, she won the second prize ex aequo and in 1982 the first prize at the Concours Géza Anda in Zurich and within a few years had achieved recognition from audiences and critics alike. Appearances with conductors such as Antal Doráti, Iván Fischer and David Zinman followed, and she performed with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra London, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich as well as with many other symphony and chamber orchestras in Germany and abroad.

Heidrun Holtmann is a regular guest at international festivals, including Salzburg Festival, Festival d‘Automne à Paris, Festival d‘Estiú de Barcelona, Berliner Festwochen, Lucerne Festival, Settimane Musicali di Stresa, Festival Pianistico Intemazionale di Brescia e Bergamo, Ruhr Piano Festival, Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, Beethovenfest Bonn, Bonn Piano Summer, MDR-Musiksommer, Lockenhaus, Kuhmo, Prussia Cove and has toured in Europe, Japan, Taiwan, the USA, Canada, South America, South Asia and Southeast Asia.

She has frequently been featured on radio and television programs, with an artist‘s portrait and a televised concert of Chopin‘s Piano Concerto No. 1 with the North German Radio Symphony Orchestra Hamburg and Klauspeter Seibel as well as a documentary of two early Mozart Piano Concertos with the Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana and Marc Andreae undertaken by Swiss Television in Lugano, which was later released on DVD by Euroarts.

Heidrun Holtmann‘s discography is wide-ranging, from the complete works for piano and orchestra by Robert Schumann with the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin under the direction of Stefan Soltesz, to several recital discs with compositions by Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Schumann, Chopin, Scriabin, Debussy, Martin, Holliger et al. Her latest release of Night Pieces (2CDs) contains works by various composers of the 19th and 20th century.

Her strong commitment to the music of our time, as for example demonstrated within the framework of her programme concept "Music as the Expression of Freedom", has resulted in projects such as the world première of Tzvi Avni's Piano Concerto with the Duisburger Philharmoniker conducted by Benjamin Shwartz.

Heidrun Holtmann

Johann Sebastian Bach - Well-Tempered Clavier

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1 WTC: Book 1 - Prelude & Fugue in C Major, BWV 846 / I  
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3 Prelude & Fugue in C Minor, BWV 847 / I  
4 II  
5 Prelude & Fugue in C-Sharp Major, BWV 848 / I  
6 II  
7 Prelude & Fugue in C-Sharp Minor, BWV 849: I. PreludePrelude & Fugue in C-Sharp Minor, BWV 849 / I  
8 II  
9 Prelude & Fugue in D Major, BWV 850 / I  
10 II  
11 Prelude & Fugue in D Minor, BWV 851 / I  
12 II  
13 Prelude & Fugue in E-Flat Major, BWV 852 / I  
14 II  
15 Prelude & Fugue in E-Flat Minor, BWV 853 / I  
16 II  
17 Prelude & Fugue in E Major, BWV 854 / I  
18 II  
19 Prelude & Fugue in E Minor, BWV 855 / I  
20 II  
21 Prelude & Fugue in F Major, BWV 856 / I  
22 II  
23 Prelude & Fugue in F Minor, BWV 857 / I  
24 II  
25 Prelude & Fugue in F-Sharp Major, BWV 858 / I  
26 II  
27 Prelude & Fugue in F-Sharp Minor, BWV 859 / I  
28 II  
29 Prelude & Fugue in G Major, BWV 860 / I  
30 II  
31 Prelude & Fugue in G Minor, BWV 861 / I  
32 II  
33 Prelude & Fugue in A-Flat Major, BWV 862 / I  
34 II  
35 Prelude & Fugue in G-Sharp Minor, BWV 863 / I  
36 II  
37 Prelude & Fugue in A Major, BWV 864 / I  
38 II  
39 Prelude & Fugue in A Minor, BWV 865 / I  
40 II  
41 Prelude & Fugue in B-Flat Major, BWV 866 / I  
42 II  
43 Prelude & Fugue in B-Flat Minor, BWV 867 / I  
44 II  
45 Prelude & Fugue in B Major, BWV 868 / I  
46 II  
47 Prelude & Fugue in B Minor, BWV 869 / I  
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49 Book 2 - Prelude & Fugue in C Major, BWV 870 / I  
50 II  
51 Prelude & Fugue in C Minor, BWV 871 / I  
52 II  
53 Prelude & Fugue in C-Sharp Major, BWV 872 / I  
54 II  
55 Prelude & Fugue in C-Sharp Minor, BWV 873 / I  
56 II  
57 Prelude & Fugue in D Major, BWV 874 / I  
58 II  
59 Prelude & Fugue in D Minor, BWV 875 / I  
60 II  
61 Prelude & Fugue in E-Flat Major, BWV 876 / I  
62 II  
63 Prelude & Fugue in E-Flat Minor, BWV 877 / I  
64 II  
65 Prelude & Fugue in E Major, BWV 878 / I  
66 II  
67 Prelude & Fugue in E Minor, BWV 879 / I  
68 II  
69 Prelude & Fugue in F Major, BWV 880 / I  
70 II  
71 Prelude & Fugue in F Minor, BWV 881 / I  
72 II  
73 Prelude & Fugue in F-Sharp Major, BWV 882 / I  
74 II  
75 Prelude & Fugue in F-Sharp Minor, BWV 883 / I  
76 II  
77 Prelude & Fugue in G Major, BWV 884 / I  
78 II  
79 Prelude & Fugue in G Minor, BWV 885 / I  
80 II  
81 Prelude & Fugue in A-Flat Major, BWV 886 / I  
82 II  
83 Prelude & Fugue in G-Sharp Minor, BWV 887 / I  
84 II  
85 Prelude & Fugue in A Major, BWV 888 / I  
86 II  
87 Prelude & Fugue in A Minor, BWV 889 / I  
88 II  
89 Prelude & Fugue in B-Flat Major, BWV 890 / I  
90 II  
91 Prelude & Fugue in B-Flat Minor, BWV 891 / I  
92 II  
93 Prelude & Fugue in B Major, BWV 892 / I  
94 II  
95 Prelude & Fugue in B Minor, BWV 893 / I  
96 II  
W.A. Mozart Piano Concerto No.1 in F Major K.37
Klavierabend Heidrun Holtmann im Jerusalem Music Center_Part1
Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Sonata in E Major op. 109
Josef Tal: Variations on Cum mortuis in lingua mortua
Klavierabend Heidrun Holtmann im Jerusalem Music Center_Part2
Tzvi Avni: In Spite of All That (world premiere)
Robert Schumann: Fantasiestucke op. 111
Gil Shohat: Kiss of Salome
Klavierabend Heidrun Holtmann im Jerusalem Music Center_Part3
Martin C. Redel: Captured Instants (world premiere)
Johannes Brahms: Fantasien op. 116
Frederic Chopin: Nocturne op. 27 no. 2

Between the composition of the two books of Johann Sebastian Bach‘s ›Well-Tempered Clavier‹ lie nearly two decades. He compiled the first during his years as Kapellmeister in Köthen in Saxony-Anhalt (1717 to 1723). Some of the pieces, or early forms of them, may already have been composed at the end of his time in Weimar. As Christoph Wolff notes, it was »probably his most revolutionary work for a keyboard instrument up to then«, in several respects. It was the first time a composer had written works in all the twelve major and twelve minor keys of the chromatic scale and put them together in a collection. In addition, the 24 preludes and fugues offered a compendium of the playing techniques, genres and forms of the piano music of the time. Not only that, they provided an overview of the art of composition and understanding of music. Bach also offers an introduction to the fundamentals of music playing, musical thinking and creativity.