Moritz Winkelmann - Pianist

Moritz Winkelmann is a Prize Winner at the International Telekom Beethoven Competition Bonn and one of the most expressive pianists and of his generation. On his permanent journey unveiling „the core inside a piece, that holds it together“, he is performing around the globe and his musicianship has been described as „powerful, capable of the most profound sincerity“ and „full of soul“.


He has performed with the Beethoven Orchester Bonn, the New York Classical Players, the Lower Saxony State Orchestra, the Chamber Orchestras of Cologne and Kurpfalz and the Peabody Symphony among others. Of his appearance with the Lower Saxony State Orchestra, the Hildesheimer Allgemeine Zeitung wrote that “the musical intensity of this extraordinary artist turned Liszt‘s piano concerto no. 2 into a first class thriller.” Moritz Winkelmann has shared the stage with illustrious personaities such as Itzhak Perlman, Wolfram Christ, Stefan Blunier and Helmut Lachenmann.


His victory at the Richard-Laugs-Beethoven-Competition has led to his debut performance at the prestigious Rheingau Festival. International appearances have included Carnegie Hall in New York, Beethovenhalle Bonn, Slovac Philharmonic Hall in Bratislava, Rosengarten Mannheim, Liederhalle Stuttgart, Munetsugu Hall Nagoya, and Beethovenhaus Bonn. Moritz Winkelmann has undertaken tours of Europe, the United States, China and Japan and appeared at the prestigious Rheingau, Schwetzingen, Schleswig-Holstein and Ravinia festivals. Mr. Winkelmann has also performed at Music@Menlo in the San Francisco Bay area, Rockenhausen Festival for New Music, and Fejøs Festival in Denmark.


His media appearances include broadcasts on WFMT Chicago, WBJC Baltimore, SWR and WDR in Germany as well as DR2 Copenhagen. Additionally, a documentary featuring Mr. Winkelmann was produced and broadcast by German National Television ZDFneo. In February of 2022, Moritz Winkelmann will release his debut album featuring the three last sonatas by Ludwig van Beethoven and Helmut Lachenmann’s Wiegenmusik (1963) and Marche Fatale (2017) on Hänssler Classic.


Moritz Winkelmann began his piano studies under the tutelage of his grandfather Gerhard Wilhelm. He earned his undergraduate degree with Prof. Michael Hauber at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Mannheim. He subsequently continued his studies with the legendary Leon Fleisher at the Peabody Conservatory of Music in Baltimore. Also Ferenc Rados and Marisa Somma have provided meaningful artistic advice to Mr. Winkelmann.


Since 2021, Mr. Winkelmann is a full-time piano professor at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Mannheim. He was previously a faculty member at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Stuttgart and at the Konservatorium Bern. He gives masterclasses internationally and serves as jury member at international piano competitions. In 2019, he was appointed Artistic Director of Klassik im Klösterle in Weil der Stadt. – instagram: @winkelmann.moritz