Konrad Maria Engel is an internationally renowned concert pianist, chamber musician, and piano pedagogue living in Hanover, Germany. He has been teaching piano at the Hanover University of Music since 2007.
Born in 1977 near Frankfurt, he received his first piano lesson at the age of six. Three years later he gave his first recital, and at the age of eleven he had his debut as a soloist with orchestra. During his youth he won six first prizes and a special prize for the interpretation of a contemporary work at National German Youth Competitions. In 1994 he was one of the youngest students ever to be awarded the German National Scholarship.
He began his university studies with Prof. K.-H. Kämmerling in 1996, and, after his pedagogical and artistic diplomas, he passed the examinations as a concert soloist with distinction at the Hanover University of Music in 2006. He has participated in several international masterclasses, including the Wilhelm-Kempff-Academy in Positano with Prof. John O'Conor. Further studies in solo and chamber music with Prof. Bernhard Wetz, Gerhard Schroth (both in Frankfurt), Prof. Günter Ludwig (Cologne), Prof. W. Böttcher, Prof. Antje Weithaas (both in Berlin) and Prof. Markus Becker (Hanover).
During his studies he won numerous awards, such as two first prizes at the "Virtuosi per Musica di Pianoforte" international piano competition and the international piano competition of the Chopin Society Hanover. At the international Bach-competition in Leipzig he was given the medal for reaching the final round of only six pianists and he successfully reached the semifinals at the 2003 Queen-Elisabeth-Competition in Brussels. In recent years he was also recognized by the German Music Competition twice (for piano solo and for chamber music), and was nominated to the official list of young artist's concerts by the German Music Council.
Konrad Engel has performed in the US, Japan and throughout Europe. His recitals at the "Bayreuther Festspiele" and the "Rheingau Music Festival" are among many that have been highly praised by the musical press. He has appeared with renowned orchestras such as the Royal Chamber Orchestra of Wallonia, the South German Philharmonic Orchestra and the Radio Symphony Orchestra Frankfurt. After 15 years of playing in numerous ensembles he has established an outstanding reputation as a chamber musician.
Teaching has long been one of his passions. The systematic and methodic experiences he gained during his studies with Prof. K.-H. Kämmerling, combined with his engagement in psychological and physiological issues (such as during studies at the IMMM Hanover directed by Prof. Dr. med. Eckart Altenmüller) are coming to fruition in his work as a music pedagogue. Since 2007 he is also working as the musical director and conductor of two chamber orchestras in the region of Hanover.