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Christoph Declara, MA. Priv.-Doz.

Lecturer in Piano

  • Mirabellplatz 1
  • 5020 Salzburg

Christoph Declara was born in Rosenheim, Germany, and debuted at the age of 14 with Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5. Since then, he has been playing with various orchestras in his home country as well as abroad, among them The New York Concert Artists Orchestra, Klangverwaltung Munich, Hofer Symphoniker, Bad Reichenhall Philharmonic Orchestra and the Symphony Orchestra of the Mozarteum University Salzburg. He performed under the baton of conductors like Dennis Russell Davies, Enoch zu Guttenberg, Roger Boggasch, Eduard Zilberkant and others. He played recitals and chamber music in Germany, Austria, Italy, Spain, and Poland.

He started his professional musical education at the Mozarteum University Salzburg with Christoph Lieske. He completed his master studies under the supervision of Pavel Gililov and graduated with distinction. From 2010 until 2017 he has taught as Gililoiv’s assistant at the Mozarteum, in 2012/2013 also at the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz in Cologne. In 2016 he successfully completed his artistic habilitation and is currently teaching his own piano class at the Mozarteum University Salzburg. He was invited to participate in juries and to hold masterclasses in Kosovo and China.

Declara was awarded several prizes at national and international competitions, among them the “International Johannes Brahms Competition” in Pörtschach, Austria. In January 2010, he played at the Salzburg Mozart Week as a soloist conducted by Dennis Russell Davies. In the same year, his first CD titled Debüt was published by festivo records with works of Johannes Brahms and Sofia Gubaidulina. Also in 2010, the rural district of Rosenheim awarded Christoph Declara the cultural sponsorship prize.