Through his expressive performances, young Austrian pianist Andreas Donat has earned an international reputation during the last years as a both sensitive and charismatic musician. His versatile repertoire reaches from Johann Sebastian Bach to contemporary composers like Leon Kirchner and Thomas Ades. As an eleven-year-old, Andreas played his debut at the Konzerthaus Vienna, in 2008 he played his first solo recital at the Musikverein Vienna, and nowadays he performs as a soloist, chamber musician and Lied accompagnist throughout Europe, the USA and Japan. He has performed at venues like the Rudolfinum Prague, Gasteig Munich, Odd Fellow Paleet in Copenhagen, as well as on festivals like the Music Festival Piteå/Sweden, Bowdoin International Music Festival/USA, Carinthischer Sommer/Austria, or the Podium festivals in Norway and Iceland. He has also been part of genre-crossing productions of musical theater, for example with the Berlin-based ensemble Nico and the Navigators or in Vienna with the actress Dorothee Hartinger. Other musical collaborations include piano duo recitals with Ben Kim and Lied recitals with soprano Juliane Banse. A rather curious detail in his biography is Andreas’s appearance in Michael Haneke’s film “La pianiste” when he was a teenager, in which he performed music by Chopin. Highlights of the season 2016/2017 include a concert tour through China, duo recitals in Korea with the violinist Jiyoon Lee as well as his solo debut at the Philharmonie Berlin.
Andreas has also gained recognition at several piano competitions in Europe. When Andreas won first prize at the Bösendorfer competition Vienna in 2007, the American magazine CLAVIER raved about his „stunning performances of Beethoven and Liszt“. Andreas is winner of the Clemens Cramert-Prize at the International Beethoven competition Vienna 2009, and top prize winner of several other competitions, like the 2005 Rudolf Firkusny Competition in Prague and the 2001 Young Pianist's Chopin Competition in Vienna.
Andreas was born in Vienna and received his first piano lessons at the age of seven. When he was fifteen, he began his studies at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna where he studied under Heinz Medjimorec and later on under Stefan Arnold. Further studies brought him to Norway, where he studied at the Barratt Dues Musikkinstitutt in Oslo under Jiri Hlinka, and Berlin, where he graduated after studying under Klaus Hellwig. Especially valuable for him was his studies with Yong Hi Moon from the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore/USA which whom he has been working extensively over the last years, as well as masterclasses given by such pianists as Leif Ove Andsnes, Pierre-Laurent Aimard and Oleg Maisenberg.
His debut album „Through a Looking Glass“ with works by Debussy and Ravel was released in October 2012 by the Austrian label Gramola and was awarded the „Pasticcio-Prize“ by the Austrian radio Ö1 and the newspaper Der Standard.
When not sitting by the piano, Andreas loves traveling, enjoys spending his time growing plants or savouring good cuisine, or he devotes himself to rock-climbing.
Poesieangebot. Pianist Andreas Donat zelebriert auf seiner Debüt-CD “Through a Looking Glass” Ravel und Debussy
Andreas Donat lebt momentan in Berlin und studiert dort an der Universität der Künste. Der Wiener, der mit sieben Jahren zum Klavier kam, in Wien Konzertfach studierte und Meisterkurse bei Stars wie Leif Ove Andsnes, Pierre-Laurent Aimard und Oleg Maisenberg absolvierte, hat nun aber mit der Debüt-CD “Through a Looking Glass” (bei Gramola erschienen) schon eine reife Leistung hingelegt.
Mit Werken von Debussy und Ravel zeigt er Virtuosität, Expressivität und natürlich, was beim impressionistischen Stil unverzichtbar ist, Klangsensibilität und Gefühl für Poesie. Debussys “Images pour piano” und Ravels “Miroirs” lässt er delikat aufleben, Eindringlichkeit des Klanges und der Struktur sind Teil seines Angebots. Der Ö1-Pasticcio-Preis – vergeben in Kooperation mit dem STANDARD und Musikredakteur Ljubisa Tosic als Jurymitglied – geht somit an den österreichischen Pianisten Andreas Donat und seine CD “Through a Looking Glass”.
In diesem Monat empfehlen wir die CD eines jungen Musikers, die beim ersten Blick auf das Repertoire nicht weiter auffällt. Das Album beinhaltet die Images von Claude Debussy und Ravels Miroirs. Soweit so bekannt.
Aber wenn man dann die Platte eingehender anhört, überrascht sie mit ihrer Vielfarbigkeit, ihrer nuancenreichen Virtuosität und ihren wohlgeformten Spannungsbögen. Und wieder einmal wird deutlich, dass es in der Musik nicht so sehr um das “Was” sondern um das “Wie” geht.
Helmut Jasbar, RADIO Ö1
Expressive and versatile
The name of Austrian pianist Andreas Donat is definitely a name music lovers should remember. The prizewinner of several renowned competitions has reached the top of the young generation of soloists already today. The 29-year-old performs with excellent orchestras in the most famous venues in the world. Just before his US-tour he played a solo recital at the Richard Strauss-Institute. Only a few people had shown up, although the pianist would have deserved a full house with his intense, versatile playing.
[….] Donat knew exactly how to treat this unique musical creation [Debussy‘s L‘isle joyeuse], how to use his imagination, and he captured his audience from the very first note.
[….]Donat interpreted the three movements [Mozart: Sonata in B flat major, K 333] with remarkable lightness, but he also created sharp contrasts and showed all the themes in all their nuances. With musical humor, in perfect structure and beautifully played – that‘s how an audience likes to hear Mozart.
[….] Donat succeeded excellently in bringing this special composition [Chopin: Polonaise-Fantasy] close to his listeners‘ hearts.
But the most beautiful part of the evening was probably his interpretation of „Miroirs“ by Ravel. Here, the pianist was really painting phantastic musical paintings. He took his audience with him into the forest, onto the sea, into natural phenomena and a Spanish salon. Impressions that will linger for a long time after this recital.
Margot Schäfer, MÜNCHENER MERKUR
Metaphorical musical stream saturated by tonal cascades
It should be said at once – there were, as mentioned before, many notes and Donat had full control of every single sixteenth-note. At the beginning he played Debussy‘s Images I with great sensitivity and exact attack.
[…] Imaginative music which with its rhythmical shifts and fast repetitions challenged our pianist who mastered all difficulties with bravura.
Ingemar Edström, PITEÅ TIDNINGEN
The young Austrian pianist Andreas Donat brought colour, excitement and the flavours of Spain to the concert with his bravura performance of the last two movements from Ravel’s piano suite Miroirs. He gave a beautifully dream-like reading of Une barque sur l'océan. His playing is sensitive and thoughtful and he seemed to have a profound understanding of Ravel’s musical landscapes and tonalities. He showed exceptional control of rhythm, phrasing and dynamics and gave a brilliant performance of the sprightly Alborada del gracioso, a highly colourful and percussive Spanish-influenced piece. It’s also tremendously difficult too, with fast staccato repeated notes and rhythmic figurations. His confident performance of this challenging work was exciting and impressive.
Colin Kaye, PATTAYA MAIL