Elisabeth Brauß

BBC New Generation Artist, 2018-20

“The maturity and sophistication of her thoughtful interpretations would be the pride of any pianist twice her age.” (Gramophone)

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The pianist Elisabeth Brauß has been praised by Gramophone Magazine for “the maturity and sophistication of her thoughtful interpretations” which “would be the pride of any pianist twice her age”. Born in Hannover in 1995, Elisabeth is quickly establishing herself as one of the most exciting and versatile musicians of her generation. She is currently a member of the BBC New Generation Artist scheme.

In addition to winning first prize at the International Steinway Competition in Hamburg, and the International Grotrian Steinweg Piano Competition in Braunshweig, Elisabeth was awarded the Prätorius Musikpreis Lower Saxony Prize in 2012. Further accolades include the main and audience awards at the TONALi Grand Prix in Hamburg (2013) and first prize at the Kissinger KlavierOlymp (October 2016).

Elisabeth has worked with orchestras including Frankfurt Radio Symphony, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, BBC Scottish Symphony, NDR Elbphilharmonie Hannover, Dortmund Symphoniker and Bochum Symphony. The start of the 19/20 season saw Elisabeth make her BBC Proms in the Park debut in Belfast with the Ulster Orchestra. Further highlights of the season include concerto appearances with BBC Symphony, BBC Philharmonic and Südwestdeutsche Kammersinfonie amongst others.

A keen chamber musician, Elisabeth collaborates regularly with the violinist Noa Wildschut, and the 19/20 season sees a major European tour of venues including Concertgebouw, Philharmonie de Paris, Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, Palau de la Musica Barcelona, Cologne Philharmonie & Barbican Centre. Elisabeth is also in demand for her solo recitals and appears at venues including Wigmore Hall, Schleswig Holstein Festival and Snape Maltings Festival.

In May 2017, her debut CD featuring works by Beethoven, Prokofiev, Chopin and Denhoff, was released by OehmsClassics. It received critical acclaim and was named as ‘Editor’s Choice’ by Gramophone Magazine.


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    28 Apr 17 Album: "Debut" Oehms Classics

    “It is rare to encounter this degree of instrumental mastery wed to musical depth and sensitivity in one so young. Brauss’s exhilarating Beethoven is so thoroughly integrated that each movement is emotionally and spiritually amplified by what has gone before. Her original and unaffected Chopin-playing is fresh and a joy to listen to. If you find yourself uncertain about the future of the art of piano-playing, listening to Elisabeth Brauss could be the antidote.”

    Patrick Rucker, Gramophone


    “On her debut album, Elisabeth Brauß reveals great pianistic potential and stylistic changeability.”

    Thomas Gehrig, Magazin Klassik


    “There are few first solo recordings that equal Elisabeth Brauss’s Debut, a mesmerizing album that, with the performance of four piano sonatas, reveals to the world that a star is born in the youngest generation of pianists.”

    The Music Gala