Pianist MICHAEL ENDRES performs worldwide as soloist and chamber music partner. He earned a Master’s degree at The Juilliard School in New York under Jacob Lateiner and studied with Peter Feuchtwanger in London. Mr. Endres has won prizes such as the Concours Geza Anda (Zurich) and First and Special Prizes at the International Schubert Competition (Germany) among others. His extensive prizewinning discography of 28 CDs includes the prestigious Diapason d’or (France), which he was recently awarded for the third time, and the Choc du Musique, which he has won twice. His solo recordings include cycles of the complete sonatas by Mozart, Schubert, Weber and the rarely heard English composer Arnold Bax, the complete works of Ravel, Gershwin and works by Schumann. Mr. Endres covers a wide repertoire including seldom played composers like Leopold Godowsky, Gabriel Faure, Charles Ives and Eduard Tubin. Leading US critic Richard Dyer of the Boston Globe called him “one of the most interesting pianists recording today.”
Mr. Endres plays at festivals in Europe, America and Asia including Beethoven Fest Bonn and Salzburg Festival, and has performed in Carnegie Hall, the Berlin Philharmonie, Musikverein Vienna and Suntory Hall Tokyo, to name a few. He accompanied legendary baritone Hermann Prey for many years and partners the Berlin Philharmonic soloists, the Artemis and Fine Arts String Quartets. He has a distinguished teaching career as Professor of Piano at the Cologne Hochschule (1993-2003) and Germany’s leading college “Hanns Eisler Hochschule” in Berlin (2003-2009). In 2009 his wife Susan and he moved to New Zealand where he is professor of piano at the University of Canterbury. It is with great admiration that the Newport Music Festival welcomes Mr. Endres to his eighth exceptional season.