Lydia Maria Bader

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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.




 


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NameBader, Lydia Maria
Home LocationFrankfurt am Main, Germany
Main languageGerman
Additional languages English,  French 
attended UniversitiesMusikhochschule München, Conservatoire National Supérieur Paris, Kunstuniversität Graz
Reviews
In der akustischen Weite der Weihehalle
2016-04-12 Offenbach Post, Offenbach
"„[Es] gelang der versierten und sehr emotional agierenden Pianistin, das Offenbacher Publikum zum Thema „ELEMENTS – Erde, Wasser, Luft und Feuer" zu verzaubern: Werke von Grieg, Debussy, Ravel und Liszt verband sie mit ihrer souveränen und informativen Moderation sozusagen zu einem kleinen Gesamtkunstwerk, das - unterstützt durch die außergewöhnliche Akustik des Saales (…) den Abend „zu einem unvergesslichen Erlebnis" werden ließ (…)."
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Ein Abend bei Clara Schumann
2016-03-06 Märkische Allgemeine, Eichwalde
""Der Andrang auf das Klavierkonzert mit Lydia Maria Bader am Samstagabend war so enorm, dass die Alte Feuerwache in Eichwalde mal wieder zu klein war. (…)Werke von Clara und Robert Schumann und Freunden des Paares (…) interpretierte die Pianistin ausdrucksstark und lebendig. Sie zeigte farbliche Gestaltungskraft, hinter der sich eine weite Klanglandschaft auftat. (…) Nach Chopins aufwühlendem Scherzo Nummer 1 entließen die Besucher die Pianistin mit einem stürmischen Applaus und Bravo-Rufen in die Pause. (…) Im zweiten Teil des Abends waren neben Schumanns Novelette op. 21 Nr. 2 seine berühmten Kinderszenen zu hören. Schlicht schön erzählte Lydia Maria Bader mit ihrem Klavierspiel, zauberte die Kindheit herbei. (...)""
(Heidrun Voigt)
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Konzerterlebnis auf hohem Niveau
2016-01-12 RP online, Wegberg
"„Pianistin Lydia Maria Bader verwöhnte die Zuhörer im ausverkauften Musiksaal des Vincentiushauses mit erstklassig vorgetragenen Beiträgen aus Klassik und Romantik. [Sie] nahm ihre Zuhörer mit präzisem innigem Spiel ganz für sich ein und verwöhnte sie mit erstklassig vorgetragenen Beiträgen. (...)""
(Nicole Peters)
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Music of the North
2015-05-04 Piano News,
""(…) Die herrliche Tüür-Sonate als auch die beiden Pärt-Stücke packt sie von der richtigen Seite an. Wunderbar, wie flüssig und leuchtend ihr der Tüür von den Fingern geht, man wird in den mitunter minimalistischen Strom der Musik regelrecht hineingezogen. (...) Das Beste kommt ganz zum Schluss: Rihards Dubras "Etude" gerät Bader zum Meisterstück. Hier spielt sie ganz befreit und rückhaltlos auf, hier ist sie ganz bei sich und zeigt, dass sie das Zeug zur großen Pianistin hat.""
(Burkhard Schäfer)
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German pianist’s solo concert held in Dhaka
2014-11-04 Newage, Dhaka
"It turned out to be a very melodious evening indeed. Lydia Bader, a well known German pianist, presented compositions of different German maestros, covering three centuries of German musical history at a solo classical piano concert held at Goethe-Institute Bangladesh. The event held on November 2 turned out to be a sumptuous treat for the ears. Bader, who has performed in concerts all over Europe, Russia and China, did justice to names of greats like Mozart, Schubert, Liszt and others. Bader enthralled audiences with different variations of 'Ah Vous Dirai-je, Maman' by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. She also did numbers like Allegro Assai, Allegrato and Allegro by Franz Schubert. Bader started the show with Mozart's compositions, which she performed with magnificent grace and poise. Later, she performed Albumblatt, Perit Cadeau, Elegie and Meditation; some of the most celebrated works of Nikolaus Schapfl. She also presented Rigoletto-Paraphase and Aus Venezia e Napoli by Tarantella. Bader later had to do an encore and concluded the show with her own compositions. To note, Bader performs as a soloist as well as a pianist, chamber music, together with guitars and clarinets. Her career started when she was four years old and was taught by her father. She has been playing at various significant international festivals around the world and has earned plenty important awards like 'Flame' in Paris and 'Glière' in Germany despite her young age. The show was presented by the director of Goethe Institute Judith Mirschberger and the event was organised by the German embassy. - "
(Mahfuz Mizan)
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