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 Braunschweig, 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 Radiophilharmonie Hannover, Ulster, BBC Philharmonic and BBC Symphony Orchestras. In the 20/21 season, she works with Kristiansand Symphony, Munster Symphony, Staatstheater Stuttgart and Staatsphilharmonie Nurnberg Orchestras.

A keen chamber musician, Elisabeth collaborates regularly with the violinist Noa Wildschut and the 20/21 season sees visits to Alte Oper Frankfurt, Concertgebouw Amsterdam and LAC Lugano. She also collaborates with trumpeter Simon Hofele, appearing in Germany and the UK.

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 Oehms Classics. It received critical acclaim and was named as ‘Editor’s Choice’ by Gramophone Magazine.


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    12 Oct 20 Recital: Beethoven, Mendelssohn & Prokofiev
    Wigmore Hall

    “Brauß brought an aura of serious intent but pleasurable delight in the music she presented to a live audience.”

    [Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No. 7:] “Brauß’ approach was brisk, her touch fresh and bright in a spirited performance of the first movement that honored the composer’s classical roots as well as his journey into uncharted musical waters.” […]

    “Brauß’ technical facility was evident in the Mendelssohn Variations Sérieuses […] The artist found a distinct character in each variation, and quickly, though smoothly, shifted from one mood to the next, concluding the set with the softest touch.”

    Linda Holt, Bach Track, 12 Oct 20

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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