Eschenbach - Mozart, Piano Sonata K.331 in A Major - I Andante Grazioso. Thema. Variations I_VI (1/2)





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Published on Dec 4, 2008

Early life

Eschenbach's parents were Margarethe (née Jaross) and Heribert Ringmann. He was orphaned during World War II. As a result of the trauma, he did not speak for a year, until he was asked if he wanted to play music. Wallydore Eschenbach (née Jaross), a cousin of his mother, adopted him in 1946. After the war, he studied the piano with his foster mother. He later studied piano with Eliza Hansen and in 1955 he enrolled at the Musikhochschule in Cologne, studying with Hans-Otto Schmidt-Neuhaus. At age 11, he had witnessed Wilhelm Furtwängler conduct, which had a great impact on him. In 1959, he started studying conducting with Wilhelm Brückner-Rüggeberg.
[edit]Musical career

As a pianist, Eschenbach has won numerous first-place piano competition prizes, including first prize in the Clara Haskil Competition in Vevey, Switzerland in 1965. In 1964, he made his first recording (of Mozart) for Deutsche Grammophon and signed a contract with the label. Eschenbach continued to study conducting with George Szell, with whom he worked for more than three years. In addition, Herbert von Karajan was his mentor for nearly twenty-five years.
In 1981, Eschenbach became principal guest conductor of the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich, and was chief conductor from 1982 to 1986. Other posts have included music director of the Houston Symphony Orchestra (1988-1999), where he now holds the title of Conductor Laureate; chief conductor of the NDR Symphony Orchestra, Hamburg (1998-2004); and music director of the Ravinia Festival, summer home of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (1994-2005). He has made more than 80 recordings both as piano soloist, conductor, or both, has appeared in several television documentaries, and made many concert broadcasts for different European, Japanese and U.S. networks. Since 2000, Eschenbach has been the Music Director of the Orchestre de Paris. In May 2007, it was announced that Eschenbach would conclude his tenure with the Orchestre de Paris in 2010.[1]
Eschenbach is credited with helping and supporting talented young musicians in their career development, including soprano Renée Fleming, pianists Tzimon Barto and Lang Lang, and soprano Marisol Montalvo.


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    • Standard YouTube License
  • Song

    • Piano Sonata #11 In A, K 331 - 1. Andante Grazioso
  • Artist

    • Dubravka Tomsic
  • Album

    • Mozart - Piano Classics
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    • UMG (on behalf of Unchained Melodíe), and 1 Music Rights Societies


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