Peter Eicher

Prof. Peter Eicher, Germany

Peter Eicher, born in Goettingen, Germany, studied the piano at the “Staatliche Hochschule fuer Musik” in Munich / Germany and at the “Mozarteum” in Salzburg / Austria.

His most important teachers, Friedrich Wuehrer and Kurt Leimer, were leading representatives of the great Vienna tradition („Wiener Schule“) and the “Leimer-Gieseking-Circle”. Further valuable inspiration resulted from workshops with eminent musicians from the East and West , such as D. Bashkirov, T. Nikolajewa, V. Ashkenazy, E. del Pueyo and G. Moore.

Scholarships, career programmes and awards (among others the “Boesendorfer Preis” of the Austrian music academies) opened doors to concert appearances in numerous European countries, later on also in America and the Far East. In Japan, for instance he performed in more than twenty cities. His repertoire comprises all stylistic aspects. Special emphasis has been given to composers like Schubert, Brahms, Debussy, Strawinsky and Schoenberg whose major piano works were presented in comprehensive performances, highly acclaimed by critical reviews and by audiences alike.

Apart from his concert activities the teaching element has always played an important role in Peter Eicher’s life, even more so after an injury forced him to reduce his concertising in public.

His pedagogic career led him to Mannheim Music School, where he as head of the piano sector established a pre-college piano class of highly talented young pianists from different countries. At the University of Music in Karlsruhe he was appointed a member of the keyboard department and, as a professor of piano he currently teaches an international group of selected piano students. For many years he additionally conducted the seminar of piano pedagogy and methodology.

Mr. Eicher`s deep insight into the art of piano playing is highly appreciated. He has been invited to be a member of international jury boards in numerous piano competitions worldwide, for example in Porto (“Cidade do Porto”),  Paris (“N. Rubinstein”),  Terni (“A. Casagrande”),  Athens (“Konzerteum”),   Gdansk (“Baltic Piano Competition”),   Vilnius (“M. K. Ciurlionis”),  Zagreb (“Young Artists”),  Cagliary (“E. Porrino”),  Llerida (“R. Vines”), Cincinnati (“World Piano Competition”),  Tokyo (“P.T.N.A),  Nagoya (“International Music Competition”) and competitions of the “European Piano Teachers’ Association” in Belgium and Croatia, “Gina Bachauer” in Brazil ( Pre-selection of Latin America ).

More than 200 invitations to hold seminars and master classes demonstrate his international reputation of an outstanding capacity in piano teaching, so he regularly works as a guest teacher at prestigious music institutes and festivals in Europe, North, Central and South America, Australia as well as in the Near and Far East.  He was often asked to teach at Manhattan School, Mannes College, Queens University and Steinway Center in New York City, at the New England Conservatory and the University in Boston, at the Eastman School in Rochester, the Royal Conservatory of Toronto, the University of Quebec in Montreal, the Mont Royal College in Calgary, the University of British Colombia at Vancouver, the University of Guadalajara, the University of Rio de Janeiro, the Rimski-Korssakow-Conservatory of St. Petersburg, the Gnessin Institute in Moscow, the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, the Franz Liszt Academy in Budapest, the Chopin Academy in Warsaw, the State Academies of Riga, of Vilnius, of Gdansk, of Lodz, of Minsk, of Prague, of Zagreb, the Jerusalem Music Center, the “Ecole Normale”(Institut Cortot) of Paris, the Conservatories of Geneva and Lausanne, the Conservatories of Barcelona and Rotterdam, the Royal Academy of Music in London, the Piano Teachers’ National Association in Tokyo, the Boesendorfer and Yamaha Centers in Osaka, Hiroshima and Fukuoka, the National University of Taipeh, the Centre of Performing Arts in Hong Kong, the Special Music Conservatories of Shanghai and Beijing, and the Queensland Conservatory of Music in Brisbane.

His pedagogical activities also include summer courses and festivals in Tanglewood, Cascavel, Venice, Merano, Prague, Dubrovnik, in Central and Northern Finland.

In Germany he is artistic director of the “Mannheimer Klavierkurse” (international piano master classes) which offer unique opportunities for young pianists to profit from working with renowned international artists and teachers. Personalities such as K.H. Kaemmerling, J. Uhde, V. Margulis, A. Jasinski, C. Elton, I. Zaritskaya, Guang Ren, N. Svetlanowa, I. Lazko, L. Natochenny, I. Klansky, E. Kuznezowa, A. Delle Vigne and many others are unforgettably linked with these events.

In Northern Europe he conducts the yearly Lapland Piano Festival (”Pianists on the Fells”) consisting of a two weeks piano course combined with concert tours which up to now have presented the participants in more than 30 concert places in the Northern parts of Norway, Sweden, Finland and Russia.

Many of Prof. Eicher’s former and recent students have won prizes and special awards at well known international competitions, among others:  F. Busoni (Bolzano),  F. Chopin (Warsaw), A.Casagrande (Terni),  M.K. Ciurlionis (Vilnius),  M. Canals (Barcelona),  F. Schubert (Dortmund),  E. Grieg (Oslo),  A. Tomassoni (Cologne),  N. Rubinstein (Paris),  A. Speranza (Taranto),  Bellini (Caltanisetta),  Le Muse (Salerno),  E. Porrino (Cagliari),  Steinway (Hamburg and Berlin),  Strawinsky Award (Illinois),  World Piano Competition (Cincinnati)   W. Kalpell (Maryland) and Classic award of the German Phono Academy.

Their  concert activities include performances in famous concert halls such as the Lincoln Center and the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York, the Great Philharmony Halls in Berlin, Warsaw and St Petersburg, the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, the Tonhalle Zurich, Boesendorfer Saal Vienna,  Alte Oper Frankfurt, Herkules Saal Munich and the Semper Oper Dresden.   They also have appeared at great music festivals, for example “Ludwigsburger Schloss-Festspiele”, “Ruhr-Festspiele”, “Rheingau-Festival”, “Schleswig-Holstein-Festival”, “Festival Verbier”, “Primavera di Lugano”, “Internationale Festwochen Ascona”, “Menuhin Festspiele Gstaad and “Piano Stars in Riga”.

So far, they have been soloists in more than sixty different piano concertos, in part with prestigious orchestras like London Philharmonic Orchestra,  St Martin-in-the-Fields, Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg,  St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra,  Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen,  Kammerorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks Munich,  Sinfonietta, Stockholm,  Mitteldeutsches Rundfunkorchester Leipzig,  Lithuanian Philharmonic Orchestra,  Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra  under the baton of eminent conductors, e.g. Neville Mariner,  Paavo Järvi,  Bruno Weil,  Norma Pamula,  Saulis Sondeckis,, Howard Griffith, Fabio Luisi,  Daniele Gatti.

Leading labels such as SONY and EMI have published examples of their outstanding artistry.