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Christoph Hammer

, fortepiano

Christoph Hammer, hailed as a “poet of the fortepiano” by the Italian press, was born in Germany in 1966. He studied organ at the Academy
of Music and Theater in Munich, also attending courses and workshops with renowned specialists for historic keyboard instruments. In addition, he studied German Literature and Musicology at the Ludwig-Maximilian University in Munich and at UCLA. Since 1989, Hammer has focused on playing
historical keyboard instruments, especially the fortepiano. He has achieved an international reputation as a soloist and lieder accompanist as well as in chamber music. Numerous recordings document his success, the newest of which features piano works of Carl Czerny (ORF Edition). In addition to the established concert repertoire, Hammer dedicates his time to the rediscovery of little-known composers as well as to researching and editing their works. He performed at numerous international festivals such as Mozart-Festival Wurzburg, Festival de piano Roques d’Antheron, Festwochen für Alte Musik Innsbruck, Tage alter Musik Herne, La folle journée de Nantes, Tonhalle Zurich, KonzerthausWien, Alte Oper Frankfurt, Munich State Opera Festival, Beethovenhaus Bonn and others. Christoph Hammer has played as a soloist with orchestras such as Concerto Cologne, Netherlands Chamber Orchestra, Los Angeles Baroque Orchestra, and Prague Chamber Orchestra, among others. Mr. Hammer has taught master classes at leading institutions such as the Czech State Music Academy (Prague), Tchaikovsky Conservatory (Moscow), State Music Academy (Minsk) and others. In 2009 he was appointed Associate Professor for harpsichord and fortepiano at the University of North Texas.

Schubert: Winterreise
Jan Kobow
January, 2014