Konstantin Arro was born in 1977 in Saint Petersburg, Russia. At the age of 13 he won the Saint Petersburg Piano Competition for Child Prodigies and began a career as a soloist in Russia and Europe. He was also the 1st prize winner of the Polytechnic Society in Frankfurt and 1st prize winner of the Valsesia-Musica International Competition; he has been a scholarship recipient of the Oscar and Vera Ritter Foundation and of the Leyda-Ungerer Music Circle.
He studied piano and chamber music at the Frankfurt University of Music and Performing Arts and took part in masterclasses by Paul Badura-Skoda, Anatol Ugorski, Pavel Gililov, Gerold Huber and Helmut Deutsch. His career as a soloist and as a chamber musician has taken him to the Rheingau Music Festival, to the Philharmonie Bremen, to the Society of Friends of the Alte Oper in Frankfurt, and to the Palatial Concert Series in Weilburg. He has recorded for the Radio of Hessen, the NDR and Radio Bremen.
He has played for renowned musicians such as Martin Kränzle, Ortrud Wenkel, Sebastian Weigle, Leonard Elschenbroich, Gavriel Lipkind and Priya Mitchell, and has collaborated closely with composers such as Heiner Goebbels and Luca Lombardi. Renown author and famous literature critic Marcel Reich-Ranicki has invited Arro several times to play for musical/literary soirées: “Whether he plays a solo piece, chamber music or as an accompanist, Arro‘s performances are always special events. With his unusual creative power and artistic presence he builds dramatic excitement that is almost literary.”
Arro holds a position as assistant professor at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Frankfurt and works as well as librettist together with the composer Franz Hummel and as biographer for pianist Valery Afanassiev.
“Why is it so unbearably exciting when we hear a piece of music that seems so tormentingly well-known but can remember neither its title nor its composer? Why is the best interpreter one whom we happen to hear on the radio but whose name we don’t know? – Because numbers and letters can not block our initial perception. Because the previous knowledge cannot deceive the ear. We forget everything. We listen to the silence. We look at the music sheet as if no-one has ever played that piece. And then, surrounded by palaces and castles in one of the most beautiful corners of Rhineland, we create the piece again.“
Accommodation for four nights in a double room (breakfast incl.) in the academy villa:
A kitchen for self-catering is provided!
Rehearsal rooms with two grand and three upright pianos!
in total four solo lessons of at least 60 minutes; possibilities to observe other participants’ instructions
May 10, 7 p.m.
closing concert: concert hall of the academy villa
participants of the masterclass
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