Juror 2021

Andreas Groethuysen

Andreas Groethuysen

Andreas Groethuysen © Gustav Eckart

Andreas Groethuysen, born in Munich in 1956, initially oriented himself in various academic fields (philosophy, medicine) after graduating from a humanistic grammar school, before he was finally drawn to music. He began studying piano with Ludwig Hoffmann at the Hochschule für Musik in Munich. Supported by the "Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes" (German National Academic Foundation), he then went to London for a year after his state examination and three years in the master class to deepen his studies with Peter Feuchtwanger.

At the end of his studies, he was seamlessly accepted into the "Bundesauswahl Konzerte Junger Künstler" (Federal Selection of Young Artists Concerts), which was associated with numerous concerts - solo concerts, chamber music and orchestral concerts - throughout the Federal Republic. After a few years of solo concertizing, Groethuysen then joined forces with Yaara Tal to form a piano duo, which has increasingly become the focus of his artistic activity.

Since the early 1990s, the duo has been active in the international concert scene with performances in large parts of Europe, Israel, Japan, China, North and South America. In the process, it has been able to present itself in the world's most renowned event settings such as the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, the Philharmonies Berlin, Cologne and Munich, the Alte Oper Frankfurt, the Musikhalle Hamburg, the Hong Kong Arts Festival, the Lucerne Festival, the Teatro alla Scala Milan, the Frick Collection New York, the Forbidden City Concert Hall Beijing, the Piano Festival La Roque d'Anthéron, the Ruhr Piano Festival, the Salzburg Festival, the Vienna Musikverein, the Tonhalle Zurich etc., to name but a few.

An exclusive collaboration with the record company SONY CLASSICAL has enabled the duo to release a series of well over 30 CDs, which have met with a great response from audiences and the press internationally, have been awarded numerous prizes (including the "Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik" eleven times, the "Echo-Preis" or "Opus-Klassik" six times, and the "Cannes Classical Award") and have enriched the market with several first recordings. Her main publications include recordings of the complete works of Franz Schubert and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

Yaara Tal and Andreas Groethuysen initially concentrated their pedagogical activities on master classes at home and beyond. In 1995, the education channel of Japanese television NHK produced an eight-part series of lessons for piano duos with the duo. From 2004, the duo Tal & Groethuysen supervised a piano duo master class at the Munich University of Music and Theatre. Since October 2014, Andreas Groethuysen has been teaching a class for solo piano and piano duo at the Mozarteum University in Salzburg.