The Scholarship Holders of the Concert Saison 2015/2016
Aaron Pilsan, piano
The Austrian pianist was born in 1994 and began to play the piano at the age of five. His first teachers were Susanne Schnetzer and Ivan Kárpáti at the Musikschule Dornbirn. From 2007 until 2012 he was a pupil of Karl Heinz Kämmerling at first at the Universität Mozarteum Salzburg and then with an exhibition at the Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien Hannover, where he also studied with Vassilia Efstathiadou. At the moment Aaron Pilsan is a student of Lars Vogt in Hannover. He has participated at master classes given by Andras Schiff, Alfred Brendel and Matti Raekallio. Aaron Pilsan has taken part in national and international competitions. He won first prizes at the Rotary Jugend-Musikpreis, the "Prima la Musica", the Grotrian Steinweg Wettbewerb Braunschweig and the Wendl & Jung Wettbewerb Vienna. At the competition "Ton und Erklärung" of the Kulturkreis of the BDI he won a prize for the best Liszt interpretation. Also in 2011 he was nominated by the magazine Fono Forum as the best young artist of the year. He has been a guest at famous festivals like the Menuhin Festival Gstaad, the Festspiele in Schwetzingen and Bregenz, the Kissinger Sommer and the Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. He has performed regularly at Lars Vogt's Heimbacher Kammermusikfestival "Spannungen" where he has five times been awarded a scholarship. Aaron Pilsan is also a scholarship holder of the Internationale Musikakademie in the Fürstentum Liechtenstein which provides talented young musicians with regular intensive tuition.
For the season 2014/2015 Aaron Pilsan was chosen to be a Rising Star by the European Concert Hall Organisation (ECHO). Connected with this were piano recitals in internationally renowned concert halls such as the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Palais des Beaux Arts Brussels, Konzerthaus Vienna, Konzerthaus Stockholm, Symphony Hall Birmingham, Cité de la Musique Paris and the Philharmonie Luxemburg.