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Paul Gulda

Paul Gulda

Paul Gulda

*1961 Wiedeń

Paul Gulda was born 1961 in Vienna. First piano lessons with Roland Batik; later taking on recorder and clarinet at Vienna's Music Academy. Further piano studies with his father Friedrich Gulda and Leonid Brumberg, completing his studies with Rudolf Serkin in Vermont, USA, in 1987.

At the outset of his career, Paul Gulda appeared frequently as part of the piano duet formed with his first teacher, Roland Batik. These unusual concerts included both classical and jazz music.

Later he divided his activities between chamber music (most notably playing with the cellist Heinrich Schiff, the Hagen Quartet and its individual members, and the Wien-Berlin woodwind ensemble) and solo work, playing both recitals and also with orchestras throughout Europe, Asia and the Americas, including the Vienna Symphony, Vienna RSO, Salzburg Mozarteum; Leipzig Gewandhaus, Bonn Beethovenhalle, chamber orchestras of Vienna, Cologne and Munich, the Salzburg Camerata Academica, London's Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, the Moscow Radio Symphony Orchestra, Japan Philharmonic and Sao Paulo Philharmonic.

Paul Gulda has worked with conductors such as Hans Graf, Leopold Hager, Gunther Herbig, Lovro von Matačić, Kurt Masur, Yehudi Menuhin and Sandor Végh. His debut with the Vienna Philharmonic under Zubin Mehta, playing Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue, was broadcast live on Austrian Television and to the highest acclaim by audience and critics.

Recordings comprise chamber music with the Hagens on Deutsche Grammophon, solo works by Schumann and Beethoven on Naxos and MUSICA/Denon, Shostakovich Piano Concertos with the Moscow RSO under Vladimir Fedossejev, and cello/piano music by Beethoven with Clemens Hagen on JVC. He is currently preparing recordings for MDG of music by the contemporary Austrian composer Balduin Sulzer and, together with the violinist Joanna Madroszkiewicz, transcriptions of works by Fryderyk Chopin.

Paul Gulda has ventured into diverse musical areas off the main track. Since 1995 he has contributed music to several plays for Austrian theatre companies, and in 1997 he gave his conducting debut in Linz. In the years 1997/98 he conceived and presented programmes combining music and literature, including a programme on Felix & Fanny Mendelssohn, Heinrich Heine and Bertolt Brecht, and also a ‘Musical Discourse' on texts by concentration camp survivors (premiered at the 54th liberation ceremony of the Mauthausen concentration camp, on 9 May 1999).

In 1993 his interests in the multiethnic heritage of Eastern Austria gave rise to the highly successful project ‘Haydn alla Zingarese', bringing together classical players and a Gypsy band to demonstrate the influence of Gypsy music on Haydn.

In 1997 he produced and recorded the complete chamber music of Brahms's closest friend, Joseph Joachim, including several world premiere recordings.

Since starting to teach, in 1998, Mr Gulda has given master-classes in Austria, Germany, France and Poland. In the years 2001-2003 he held the position of Guest Professor at the University of Music in Vienna.


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