Participant of contest 2023

Hanna Schwalbe

Hanna Schwalbe

Hanna Schwalbe began playing the piano and violin at the age of four. In 2015 she began her early studies at the IFF of the Hanover University of Music in the classes of Prof. Dr. Elena Levit, Prof. Igor Chetuev and Prof. Christopher Oakden. After graduating from high school, she studied in the Bachelor's programme in Hanover with Prof. Bernd Goetzke and Prof. Christopher Oakden since 2018. In addition, she took lessons on historical keyboard instruments with Prof. Zvi Meniker. Since 2023 she has been studying for her Master's degree in Hanover in the class of Prof. Bernd Goetzke.

The musician has been a scholarship holder of the Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben, the Clavarte Foundation and the Hans and Eugenia Jütting Foundation since 2017.

She has already performed as a soloist in Germany, Switzerland, Finland, Italy and Spain, including at the Laeiszhalle Hamburg, the Berlin Philharmonie and the Concertgebouw Amsterdam.

In 2017 she won a 1st prize with the highest score in the national competition „Jugend musiziert“#. The prize winner's concert was broadcast on WDR and released on a CD with selected contributions. This was followed by a 2nd prize at the international Steinway Competition and 1st prize at the Bechstein Piano Competition.

She received inspiration from Imogen Cooper, Janina Fialkowska, Martin Helmchen and Piotr Paleczny, among others.