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Dr. Gerda Guttenberg-Bastian

University Lecturer in Piano Chamber Music

  • Mirabellplatz 1
  • 5020 Salzburg

Born in Salzburg, Gerda Guttenberg-Bastian took her first piano lessons at the age of seven. Two years later she played Mozart’s Piano Concerto in D major, K. 107, with orchestra in the Great Hall of the Mozarteum; in the following year she played Haydn’s Piano Concerto in D major in the same hall. When she was eleven years old Professor Kurt Neumüller accepted her in his master-class at what was then still the Mozarteum Academy in Salzburg. She was awarded her concert diploma with distinction and after a highly acclaimed debut in Belgium was invited to make recordings of works by W.A. Mozart.

At that time Gerda Guttenberg demonstrated her broad-ranging specialist interests and parallel to her training as a pianist she studied musicology and educational theory at the Paris Lodron University in Salzburg, and successfully gained her doctorate.

During a three-year stay in the USA she worked as a concert pianist and piano teacher.  She has been a lecturer for répétiteurs and piano at the Mozarteum University since 1995.  In the context of these duties she concentrates in particular on chamber music and working together with string players (for instance in the classes of Igor Ozim, Lukas Hagen and Clemens Hagen).  As an accompanist she is much in demand for several master-classes (Shmuel Ashkenasi, Ivry Gitlis, Clemens Hagen, MyKyung Lee, Artu Noras, Igor Oistrach, Stephan Picard, Christoph Richter, Gerhard Schulz, Denes Zsigmondy and others), as well as for international competitions (Fritz Kreisler Violin Competition, International Mozart Competition, Reine Elisabeth Competition etc.). She has played in performances at the Salzburg Festival, Vienna Festival and at the Schleswig‑Holstein Festival. She gives concerts throughout Europe and the USA. She plays regularly in duo formations (for instance with soloists from the Berlin Philharmonic) and in various chamber music ensembles.  She performs with highly talented students in the context of ‘Musical Academy Concerts’ or the ‘Young Elite’ as well as in class recitals for violin and cello at the Mozarteum University (in cooperation with Igor Ozim, Lukas Hagen, Clemens Hagen).

In 2006 she presented her thesis on Piano Chamber Music and since then she has been professor of this subject at the Mozarteum University in Salzburg.

CD recordings: Ludwig van Beethoven: Works for Violoncello and Piano – Complete Cello Works  – 2007 musicaphon, cello Martin Rummel/ piano: Gerda Guttenberg.

This is the first complete recording based on the new complete Beethoven Edition published by Bärenreiter

Chamber music by Wilhelm Hill, 2004/2005, musicaphon; violin: Christine Höller, viola: Mathias Schessl, cello: Martin Rummel, piano: Gerda Guttenberg

Cello for Desert, 2000, musicaphon; violoncello Martin Rummel / piano: Gerda Guttenberg

Repertoire: extensive duo and trio repertoire from various epochs.