Festival Committee
Norbert Heller pianist
Norbert Heller was born in the town of Český Těšín, Czech Republic. At the age of 15, he was accepted to the >class of Professor Marta Toader at the conservatory in Ostrava. Norbert Heller took part in many internationally renowned piano competitions. He won the Ludwig van Beethoven International Competition in Hradec nad Moravicí, Czech Republic. As one of the youngest participants, he took part in the prestigious Frederick Chopin International Piano Competition in Warsaw (Poland), and the Tchaikovsky International Piano Competition in Moscow (Russia).

He continued studying piano with Professors Ivan Moravec and Jan Panenka at the Prague Academy of Music. N. Heller has performed in many countries in Europe and around the world including the U.S.A. (Chicago, Washington D.C., New York, Phoenix) and Japan (Nagoya, Osaka, Casals Hall in Tokyo). Besides recitals, he has regularly accompanied renowned instrumentalists and singers, and collaborated with various chamber orchestras.

An impressive number of his recordings include Beethoven, Brahms, Mozart, Smetana, Shostakovich, Musorgski, and others.

His outstanding recording of Schubert's Sonatas played on a period Konrad Graff "hammerklavier" received the Best Recording of the Year Award by the Czech Music Foundation. Norbert Heller is the first Czech pianist ever to record complete Sonatas by Mozart. In 2001, he was awarded the European Gustav Mahler Prize.

email: hellernor@atlas.cz

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