Passion – Depth – Sensuality. These are only some of the attributes Lydia Maria Bader’s performances are characterized by the press. The German magazine Focus online called her “The New Classical Superstar”. With her topically designed concert programs the young German pianist is a welcome guest at many concert venues and festivals. In 2009 her debut tour in China drew considerable attention from the press, where she was celebrated and dubbed the “German Piano Princess.”
Lydia’s concert engagements have taken her to Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Spain, the Netherlands, France, Czech Republic, Ukraine, Romania, Bangladesh, Russia and China. She is frequently invited at festivals in France and Austria, like the “Festwochen Gmunden”, where she performed piano concertos by Franz Liszt and Sergei Rachmaninoff. As a soloist, she played with the Chamber Orchestra of Mozarteum Salzburg, the Corona-Orchestra Gmunden and the Philharmonic Orchestra Bad Reichenhall under the baton of Gert Felin, Simone Fontanelli, Klaus-Dieter Demmler, Eckhard Wagner and Bernhard Koch.
Lydia Maria Bader was born in 1981 to a musical family in Bavaria, Germany and began piano lessons with her father at age four. At 15 she was accepted into the Pre-College Program at the Conservatory of Music in Munich to study with K.H. Mrongovius. After graduating from high school, she continued to study there with Professor Michael Schäfer and received her Artist and Concert Diplomas. Other significant influences on her musical development were Michel Beroff at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Paris and Markus Schirmer at the Music University in Graz. Additionally, she has worked with renowned masters such as András Schiff, Jacques Rouvier, Philippe Entremont, Mikhail Vosskressenky, Pascal Devoyon and Ludwig Hofmann.
Lydia is the recipient of multiple First Prizes in the German national competition “Jugend musiziert” and laureate of international competitions such as Flame in Paris or the Glière Competition. She has been awarded stipends from the Jürgen Ponto Foundation, the “Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben”, and Giesecke & Devrient. In 2006 she was selected to participate in the official CD recording “Young German Pianists” of the University for Music in Munich.
In addition to her solo concerts, Lydia has been an active chamber musician in various ensembles, especially duo with classical guitar or clarinet. In 2014 she co-founded the “Konzertsalon”, an initiative to re-establish salon concerts in 19th century tradition.
After her debut CD in 2012, her second CD “Music of the North” was published in december 2014, featuring Scandinavian and Baltic composers.