Bernd Glemser, the celebrated German pianist, will give two concerts in the Algarve during May. The first will be on Tuesday, May 16 and will feature compositions by Bach-Busoni, Beethoven, Brahms and Chopin; the second will be on Thursday, May 18 with compositions by Haydn, Debussy and Chopin.
Organised by Amigos de Música, both performances will be held at Os Agostos country estate, located above Santa Bárbara de Nexe and near Bordeira.
The musician was born in 1962 and often had to ski to his piano lessons from his early home in the hills of southern Germany. He was a student of Vitaly Margulis, the Russian pianist. These studies clearly paid off as this young pianist travelled the world and broke a record that had been on the books since 1890. He won 17 competitions and special prizes in succession. He says the prize-money enabled him to buy his first grand piano.
Bernd Glemser has played with many prestigious orchestras. These include the Philadelphia Orchestra, the London Philharmonic, the Tonhalle-Orchestra Zurich and the Orchestra of Santa Cecilia in Rome.
He has collaborated with several esteemed conductors including Herbert Blomstedt, Ricardo Chailly, Myung-Whun Chung, Wolfgang Sawallisch and Franz Welser-Möst. He has played in many famous concert halls including the Berlin Philharmonic Hall, the Alte Oper in Frankfurt, London’s Royal Festival Hall and the Musikverein in Vienna.
In another success, Bernd was appointed the country’s youngest piano professor at Saarbrücken’s University of Music.
Over the course of his long career, the pianist has recorded nearly 40 CDs and has contributed to countless radio and TV productions.
Bernd’s recording of Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 was featured in the 2007 film Spider-Man 3.
His reputation and status is such that he receives regular invitations to give concerts all over Europe as well as in the United States, Canada, Japan, Hong Kong, China, Australia and various South American countries.
In 2003, Bernd was awarded the Federal Cross of Merit by Germany’s Federal President Johannes Rau.
Concerts at Os Agostos begin at 7pm sharp. Doors open at 6pm and wine, fruit juices and canapés are served.
Guests and non-members are asked to donate €25 per person to help offset expenses.
The Amigos de Música is an international group of around 95 members who stage musical activities by internationally renowned musicians and also sponsor young Portuguese musicians. It is a non-profit organisation and has been bringing great music to the Algarve for over 25 years.