Paul Badura-Skoda was born in 1927 in Vienna, where he received his primary training. In 1948 he graduated from the Konservatorium der Stadt Wien with the highest distinctions in both piano playing and conducting.
His international career started with concert tours in Australia, the U.S., Canada and Latin America. In 1956, he conducted the Vienna Symphony Orchestra's chamber ensemble in a successful tour throughout Italy, followed by concerts and recordings. Paul Badura-Skoda was the first Western pianist to perform in China after the end of the Cultural Revolution. He has also played in Japan, Russia, Kenya, Tanzania, South Africa and Egypt.
He is the only pianist to have recorded the complete Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert sonatas on both modern as well as period pianos. His also recorded CDs and DVDs with works by Bach, Haydn, Brahms, Chopin, Schumann, Debussy, Ravel and others. While his own compositions are in the style of the 20th century, he has specialized particularly in the compositional style of the 18th and early 19th centuries, completing unfinished works by Mozart and Schubert and writing cadenzas for works by classical-era Viennese composers which match their respective personal style.
Today, Paul Badura-Skoda considers it his primary task to "pass on the torch." In 2010, the Liszt Competition brought Paul Badura-Skoda to the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory to give a masterclass on Liszt's piano music. He also enjoys conducting youth orchestras in the East and West, inspiring them through his love of music.
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with the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra
Prize winners Concert
in The Royal Concertgebouw Amsterdam
Martyn van den Hoek, Gregorio Nardi (1986), Enrico Pace, Wibi Soerjadi (1989), Sergey Pashkevich (1992), Igor Roma (1996), Masaru Okada, Yundi Li (1999), Jean Dubé (2002), Yingdi Sun, Christiaan Kuyvenhoven (2005), Vitaly Pisarenko, Nino Gvetadze (2008), Masataka Goto, Olga Kozlova (2011) en Mariam Batsashvili (2014).Read more