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Artistic Director, Vienna Konzerthaus

Guest Artist Faculty

Rico Gulda, born in Zurich, Switzerland - the youngest son of a family of musicians. He grew up in Munich, where he began learning piano with his Japanese mother at the age of five. Aged twelve he became the youngest pupil of the legendary German virtuoso Ludwig Hoffmann. Later he continued his studies at the Vienna Music Academy with Prof. Noel Flores and attended master classes with Dmitry Bashkirov in Salzburg, Viktor Merzhanov in Moscow and Paul Badura-Skoda in Vienna, and regularly received valuable advice from his father, the late pianist-composer Friedrich Gulda. Until 2000, Rico Gulda studied at the Mozarteum Salzburg, Hansei University in Seoul, and in master classes at the Nagoya University of Arts.

In performances as recitalist and chamber musician and as soloist with orchestras such as the National Orchestra of Belgium, the Symphony Orchestra of Milan, the Czech Philharmonic of Brno, the Bruckner Orchestra of Linz, the Mozarteum Orchestra of Salzburg, the New Japan Philharmonic, and the Vienna and Tokyo Chamber Orchestras, he has toured through Europe, the USA and the Far East.

In May 2000 he performed as soloist together with his brother Paul and the Vienna Philharmonic in a concert in memory of their father. A similar highlight was the performance of Mozart's Triple Concerto with the legendary Martha Argerich in January 2005 in the Festival ‘In Joyful Remembrance of Friedrich Gulda', which was broadcast by NHK. This concert was repeated in summer 2005 in a Late Night Concert - Argerich meets Gulda at the Bavarian State Opera. During the celebrations of the 250th anniversary of the birth of Mozart, on 27 January 2006, he played a movement of a Mozart Concerto in a widely televised open-air concert in Salzburg. This April, replacing his ailing sister-in-law, he stood in at 4 hours notice to perform Mozart's Double Concerto with his wife Ferhan Önder at the Musikhalle in Hamburg - the press dubbed him the ‘conqueror of Hamburg'.

In recording studios, he has regularly worked on both sides of the microphone, as both producer and artist.

After several productions for Radio and TV, his debut CD with Schubert's Sonata D. 784 and Three Piano Pieces was released in 1997, followed by highly acclaimed CDs for Gramola, ORF and Naxos. Die Schoene Muellerin with Baritone Florian Prey was released by Amphion Records in 2003.

As a producer, he has worked for Gramola, Naxos and EMI Classics: EMI's ‘Vivaldi Reflections' with Ferhan & Ferzan Önder won the coveted ECHO Klassik Prize in 2002. For Deutsche Grammophon, he was Executive Producer of ‘Friedrich Gulda - The Mozart Tapes'.

Also notable was ‘Music for Sisi's Wedding 1854' for EMI Classics - a compilation of music written by all the major Viennese composers as a present to the Royal Couple in 1854 - on which Rico Gulda worked as project developer and manager, producer and also one of the several musicians.

An arrangement of Rossini's Overture to Semiramide for 8 Pianos (!) was performed and recorded at the Verbier Festival 2003 with pianists such as Kissin, Lang Lang, Andsnes, Ax and Levine, and was released on DVD by RCA.

He is Artistic Director of the Festival Musiksommer Klaus and ‘Absolute Manager' of Kristjan Järvi's Absolute Ensemble.