Red hot German pianist”

— Cape Ann Beacon

Welcome to the musical world of classical pianist, Clemens Teufel.

Born in Germany, Mr. Teufel's piano education was influenced by both the German and Russian piano traditions.  Mr. Teufel studied at the University of Music "Franz Liszt" in Weimar, Germany under Professor Peter Waas. Upon graduating, Mr. Teufel completed his graduate studies as a student of Professor Lev Natochenny at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Frankfurt, Germany. 

Currently, Mr. Teufel performs and provides masterclasses across the globe.  He has performed in venues including the Alte Oper Frankfurt, Holzhauser Musiktage, Burgos Music Festival, Spain, Cité des arts in Paris, Summit Music Festival New York, and the Beijing Conservatory etc..  

Recently, Mr. Teufel has found interest in the American piano music of Howard Hanson, George Gershwin, Amy Beach, and others. He has recorded his first solo album, American Masters, which has been recently released and is available at iTunes, Spotify and other major streaming services.  


 

News

2020 Recital program 

I am excited to announce my new program, Rapture & Reverie with music by Chopin and Liszt.

Ecstasy and passion versus poetic vision and meditation: these are the contrasting musical manifestations of Rapture and Reverie.  While the common perception is that Franz Liszt boldly represents the former and Chopin the latter, these concepts are broadly exchangeable between the two composers. 

Liszt developed a profound spiritual life alongside his art and eventually received the four minor orders of the Catholic Church. He then would be called “Abbé Liszt”. Many of his later compositions are inspired by religious themes, but even earlier works such as the ones included in this program represent a great expression of spirituality and vision. 

Chopin, well known and loved for his dreamy melodies offers the listener a visit into a poetic and dreamlike world.  However, he was quoted as believing that his works were best performed by Franz Liszt with his brilliant, dazzling piano technique and verve.  Although often more subtle, Chopin wrote many compositions that convey a rapturous state of mind evoking both spiritual and secular ecstasy.

Program: 

F. Chopin, Nocturnes Op. 15/1 and Op. 9/1    

F. Chopin: Polonaise Op. 44                                   

F. Chopin: Scherzo Op. 31/2                                 

F. Liszt, Chapelle de Guillome Tell                        

F. Liszt, Au laq de Wallenstadt                                

F. Liszt, Valee d’Obermann                                  

F. Liszt, Rigoletto Paraphrase                                

New concert dates 

I couldn't really be more excited about the upcoming concerts, including my Schumann recital "Dreaming.Schumann" at the fantastic Edward M. Pickman Concert hall at Longy Music School of Bard College as well as the exceptionally beautiful and interesting Metropolitan Waterworks Museum, where I will be performing water-related music. Come join me!
 

Concert pics 2/3/2019 

What a wonderful audiance and a great historical venue. I enjoyed the old Steinway, the artwork and the performance with such an engaged, interested and kind audiance. Thank you!

Concert on the 1860's Streicher Piano from Vienna in Ashburnham 

Playing on this instrument, which Schumann could have played himself, was a very inspiring experience. The incredible sound and the surprisingly advanced mechanics of the Streicher transformed my playing and made me think about Schumann in different ways than before. Especially all the polyphony in his composing was very easy to bring out and the softness of the dampers blended everything so much more subtle and gentle than a contemporary instrument could do. What an incredible medium for Schumann's music!

 

 

 

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Mar29

Rapture & Reverie - Liszt and Chopin Piano Recital

The Redwood Library, 50 Bellevue Avenue , Newport, RI 02840

Program: F. Chopin, Nocturnes Op. 15/1 and Op. 9/1
F. Chopin: Polonaise Op. 44
F. Chopin: Scherzo Op. 31/2
F. Liszt, Chapelle de Guillome Tell
F. Liszt, Au laq de Wallenstadt
F. Liszt, Valee d’Obermann
F. Liszt, Rigoletto Paraphrase

Members $10; Non-members $20. Register online or call 401.874.0292.