Music was omnipresent. The sound of the piano, singing- it was part of life and normal as eating and breathing. So I could play the piano long before even going to school.
My first piano teacher was the organist of the church in the little village. She taught me how to explore the wonders of music. Music was magic and an adventure.
From 10 to 18 I had the best piano teacher I ever had. He was a quiet man with a huge background, which I was not aware back then of course. He let things grow slowly and taught me to musically feel the difference of various styles and how to bring this feeling to life at the piano. He did that in a way nobody else was ever able to do.
At the University I met some wonderful musicians from whom I learned everything which is necessary for making music in a professional way. To them music was the center of everything, which is the best a student can experience when learning.
For many years I worked with Hilde Langer Ruehl, a fabulous teacher. She taught me that musical knowledge is not only an advantage, but a must for a professional musician. And I learned to handle criticism. She was very outspoken, when she did not like what she heard, but always told me why and providing options for correcting which was wrong in her opinion. The best ever was though: She was never personal, which was the reason for me to work with her for such a long time.
Teaching at the University of Music (Lied) was the best job I could imagine. Working with students was a pleasure. Of course the musical adventure did not end with my retirement in 2015. The good thing about music is, that it is there for everybody and is not owned by anybody.
Recording for Radio and TV.
Concerts in various countries in Europe ( recitals and CD recording of Mendelssohn songs with W. Holzmair)
“Kuckucksruf” due to the end of WWII in Vienna and Berlin: A project including dance,song,reading and Solo Piano.
Masterclass “German Lied” as well as concerts (Lied, Solo Piano) in Japan.
Masterclasses and concerts at WIU, Macomb, USA in 2007-2010
Chamber music with members of the Vienna Symphony Orchestra.
CD recording (Gramola) with Wilfried Gottwald, clarinet ( Vienna Symphony Orchestra): Poulenc Sonata and Jazz Variations by M. Garson
“Fleeing Hitler” – a L.I.F.E class – project with Marietta Dean ( mezzo soprano) in Macomb, 2012
Masterclass “German Lied” in September 2013 at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
Photo: David Laudien
In 2007 I went to a photo school in Vienna to get a decent photographical education. Very soon I was able to connect with KunstProjekte and exhibited my works in their gallery at “Ewigkeitsgasse”.
For the photo–piano shows I combined selected photos, beamed on a wall, with a performance of classical music.
In Macomb, IL, the “Inselhaus”, exhibited my photos, thus giving a big boost to my further development as a photographer.
Nikon D700 .When photographing has to be done quickly and with good results, I use this camera. It is fast and reliable. But too heavy in my opinion as a carry around camera.
For this purpose I have 3 Fuji cameras. The X100, X pro1 and X T10.
I only use prime lenses and prefer natural light.
I have done photo jobs for Digitalberatung and for the Landgut Oberschwiebl.