Born into a family of musicians, pianist Jan Jiracek von Arnim won first prize at the Steinway Competition in Hamburg at age ten, and made his formal debut the following year in his hometown of Hannover, Germany, performing a piano concerto by Mozart. He has since performed extensively throughout Europe, including recitals at the Gewandhaus Leipzig, Herkulessaal Munich, Konzerthaus Vienna, Musikhalle Hamburg, Musikverein Vienna, Palau de la Música Catalana, Philharmonie Berlin, Salle Cortot Paris, Steinway Hall London, and Zurich Tonhalle as well as orchestral appearances with the Berlin and St. Petersburg Philharmonics, Cologne Chamber Orchestra, Northern Sinfonia of England, and Vienna Chamber Orchestra.
A top prizewinner at the Busoni Competition and Maria Canals Competition, Mr. Jiracek von Arnim was also a winner of the Tenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. Following his success at the Cliburn, he was invited to join the roster of Community Concerts, resulting in more than eighty performances throughout the United States. He received special honors and awards for his interpretations of music by Beethoven and Messiaen. Recent engagements include recitals at Spivey Hall in Atlanta, the Tilles Center at Long Island University, and the University of Vermont Lane Series. He also performed with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra at Bass Performance Hall, the Riverside Symphony at New York's Lincoln Center, and with the Washington Chamber Orchestra at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. He has been featured on several European radio and television stations, including BBC, SFB Berlin, ZDF, Deutschlandradio, Radio France, Radio Hilversum, and Radio Stockholm, and on NDR as a soloist with the NDR Symphony Orchestra.
Mr. Jiracek von Arnim gives master classes on a regular basis in North America, Asia, and Europe. He was appointed professor of piano at the Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Wien in 2001, making him the youngest tenured professor in the history of that school. He is frequently invited to judge international piano competitions, among them the Busoni, Hamamatsu, and Tchaikovsky International Piano Competition for Young Musicians. Since 2011, he has served as artistic director and chairman of the prestigious International Beethoven Piano Competition Vienna.
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