prof. Stephan Möller, Austria
First gained pianistic prominence as a prizewinner at the 1985 International Beethoven Competition in Vienna. Since then his busy concert schedule has taken him to Japan, China, North and South America as well as all over Europe. Performing all the standard repertoire, Stephan Möller has concentrated especially on the interpretation of the Viennese Classics, in particular Beethoven’s 32 piano sonatas and 5 piano concerti, as well as on Franz Liszt's paraphrases of Wagner opera scenes and his transcriptions of Beethoven’s symphonies. Among his CD recordings, there are such rarities as Beethoven’s “Grosse Fuge” and the complete piano works by Richard Wagner.
Born 1955 in Hamburg, Germany, Stephan Möller got his degrees in piano performance and orchestra conducting at the “Mozarteum” university in Salzburg, Austria. From 1983 to 1989, he worked at the Salzburg Festival, assisting Herbert von Karajan and other world-renowned conductors. In 1990, he took up an appointment at the University for Music and Performing Arts in Vienna. He is frequently invited to hold master classes (e. g. Wiener Meisterkurse) and lectures around the world. Stephan Möller is president of the association "Vienna International Pianists" and their festival, the “VIP Academy”. In 2009, he founded the “International Rosario Marciano Piano Competition”.