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"Knauer plays with the finest of ripples, with a natural swing from the very depth of his being." Hamburger Abendblatt
"Sebastian Knauer stays away from harpsichord imitations. Instead he exhausts the entire sound spectrum of the modern concert grand with tremendous expressiveness, lending it a completely new and colourful vivacity and warmth. The tempi are perfectly balanced, at times dance-like in spirit, someimes quietly pulsating." Crescendo Magazine
Pianist Sebastian Knauer gave his concerto debut at the age of 13, performing Haydn’s D-Major Piano Concerto in the Hamburg Musikhalle. Shortly afterwards followed his international debut as part of the “European Concert” series for RAI in Venice. Subsequent tours have taken him all over Europe, the USA, South America and Asia.
The conductors with whom Sebastian Knauer has worked include Simone Young, Alondra de la Parra, Gerd Albrecht, Vladimir Fedosseyew, Fabio Luisi, Neeme Järvi, Sir Roger Norrington, Philippe Entremont, Eiji Oue, . . . Jaap van Zweden, Thomas Hengelbrock, Pablo Gonzales, Francois Xavier Roth, John Axelrod, Vladimir Spivakov and Ingo Metzmacher. Together with Entremont , he regularly performs repertoire for two pianos, as was the case in Tel Aviv, where they played the Double Concertos of Mozart and Mendelssohn with the Israel Chamber Orchestra.
He recorded for Berlin Classics, Deutsche Grammophon, Glissando, Naxos and Warner Classics with works of Beethoven, Mozart, Haydn, Schubert, Chopin, Barber, Bernstein, Copland and Gershwin. The CD “East Meets West”, which he recorded together with Daniel Hope, won the German “ECHO” and was nominated for a Grammy in 2005.
His CD with Sir Roger Norrington and the Camerata Salzburg was celebrated as one of the best Mozart recordings ever. For his CD of Franz Schubert works, Gramophone Magazine titled their review with the words: “Poise and discipline from a pianist we must hear more from “, and his CD “Pure Mendelssohn” was the Gramophone Editor’s Choice in March 2009. His latest CD “Bach & Sons” includes piano concertos of J.S. Bach and his sons Johann Christian and Carl Philipp Emanuel together with the Zurich Chamber Orchestra under the direction of Sir Roger Norrington.
- Piano Concerto No. 16 in D major, KV 451, I: Allegro assai - Sebastian Knauer, Piano
- Piano Concerto No. 16 in D major, KV 451, III Rondo: Allegro di molto - Sebastian Knauer, Piano
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