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Bernard Ringeissen – 4th Prize winner, 5th International Frederic Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw (1955). Bernard Ringeissen started taking piano lessons at the age of seven. His first teacher was Georges de Lausnay, who continued working with Ringeissen after he entered the Paris Conservatoire in 1947. Four years later, Mr. Ringeissen won the Premier Prix of the Conservatoire as well as a separate prize for his chamber studies with Professor Pierre Pasquiera (1951). After graduation Mr. Ringeissen continued his studies, initially with Marguerite Long and later with Jacques Février; he also began an active concert career in France, Holland, Belgium, Luxembourg, Germany and Austria.
In 1953, on the advice of his teachers, Mr. Ringeissen discontinued his public appearances, focusing instead on preparing himself for international music competitions. His results in the following years were impressive. He came 2nd (ex aequo with Sergio Scopelliti) and won the Aldo Ciccolini Award at the Alfredo Casella Competition in Naples (1954); was awarded 1st Prize at the 1954 Music Performance Competition in Geneva; 4th at 1955 Chopin Competition in Warsaw; 2nd (ex aequo with Dmitri Bashkirov) and winner of the Grand Prix Francis Salabert at the Long-Thibaud Competition in Paris (no 1st Prize was awarded); 1st Prize and the Heitor Villa-Lobos Award at the 1962 Piano Competition in Rio de Janeiro (initiated and organized by Aleksander Sienkiewicz, a student of Paderewski).
After his success in Warsaw and Paris (1955), Mr. Ringeissen left for a six-month tour of the Americas, giving over 100 concerts in Canada, Mexico and Brazil. His stage career followed uninterrupted for several decades, he played with the most famous orchestras and conductors and participated in top international festivals.
Mr. Ringeissen often plays in Poland where he enjoys tremendous popularity that was firmly established during the 1955 Competition.
Mr. Ringeissen has a varied repertoire, including piano concertos by Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms, Schumann, Liszt, Rachmaninov, Tchaikovsky, Saint-Saëns, Franck, Milhaud, Ravel, Scriabin and Prokofiev, and many solo works. Chopin occupies a prominent place in his programmes and is always met with applause.
Mr. Ringeissen has made many recordings for Erato, Polskie Nagrania / Muza, Wifon, Adés, Calliopé, Harmonia Mundi, Naxos and others, recording works of Alkan, Débussy, Chopin, Józef Wieniawski, Cui, Rimsky-Korsakov, Balakirev, Saint-Saëns (complete works), Stravinsky (complete works), R. Hahn and others.
Mr. Ringeissen has participated in several international music competitions juries in Paris, Munich, Belgrade, Zwickau, Lisbon, Leipzig and Warsaw (Chopin Competitions in 1975,1985,1990,1995 and 2000). He has held piano masterclasses at the Salzburg Mozarteum and in Weimar within the International Summer Seminar).