Judith Valerie Engel

piano
biography

Born in 1993, the Viennese Pianist Judith Valerie Engel has been studying piano performance with Prof. Pavel Gililov at the Mozarteum Salzburg since October 2010. She started taking piano lessons at the age of five with Russian pianist Prof. Mag. Nina Igudesman and was awarded special sponsorship status of the Viennese Music Education Centres in 2001. Further inspiration for her piano playing came from lessons with renowned pianists like Prof. Paul Badura-Skoda, Mihaela Ursuleasa, Florian Birsak and Therese Lindquist. As an addition to her education Judith Valerie Engel is taking singing lessons; from 2011 to 2013 with Prof. Boris Bakow and since then with Prof. Andreas Macco, who are both also professors at the Mozarteum Salzburg.

Judith Valerie Engel is playing concerts on a regular basis. She already performed in the WienerKonzerthaus, the Musikverein Graz, the Konzerthaus Dortmund, the Russian and Hungarian Cultural Institutes and the Polish Embassy in Vienna, and the Austrian Cultural Forum London. She was invited to play at numerous charity-concerts, gallery openings and poetry readings, once for example together with the hornist Prof. R. Horvath of the Viennese Philharmonic Orchestra. In August 2012 Judith Valerie Engel was invited to perform at the 28th International Chopin Festival in Gaming, Lower Austria and got asked to play at several follow-up concert organised by the International Chopin Society Vienna and the Chopin Society Taunus Germany. Other concert tours took her to Russia, Britain, Hungary, Italy and Germany, Switzerland and the Netherlands. Her performances are mainly centred on her solo-repertoire, however she also regularly performs with chamber music ensembles and 'Lied-Duos'.

Judith Valerie Engel has already won various competitions. From the age of six to 16 she regularly participated in the Austrian competition "Prima La Musica" and won first prizes and special awards for both her solo and her chamber music performances. 2008 saw her win the first prize at the „International Music, Harmony and Art Festival Contest" and 2010 the Grand Prix at the international competition "The Festival Bridges". In 2012 she was awarded the „Yehudi Menuhin - Live Music Now" scholarship. In the fall of 2013 Judith Valerie Engel participated in the International Schubert Competition Dortmund LiedDuo and won the third prize together with Baritone Oddur Jónsson. In January 2014 she was a winner of the competition 'Musica Juventutis' and as a result will perform in Konzerthaus Wien during the next season. Also in 2014 she was awarded the 'Wagner scholarship' by the R. Wagner society Vienna.


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