German pianist Frank Dupree has recently come to international prominence as the laureate prize winner of the 2014 Deutscher Musikwettbewerb in Bonn, having enamoured the judges with his musical maturity, refined technique, and ability to draw a wide spectrum of sound and colour from the keyboard.
Initially trained as a percussionist, Mr Dupree celebrates the breadth and depth of the piano repertoire, ranging from baroque to classical to contemporary. He is an enthusiast for new music especially, having already worked closely with composers such as P.ter E.tv.s and Wolfgang Rihm, the latter of whose work Con Piano? Certo! Was given its world premiere by Mr Dupree with conductor Justin Brown and the Badische Staatskapelle Karlsruhe in June 2015.
Highlights of Mr Dupree’s past engagements include concerts with the Orchestre de Chambre de Paris, Minnesota Orchestra, Bern Symphony Orchestra, Beethoven Orchestra Bonn, Vestfold Symphony Orchestra (Norway), and other orchestras in Germany including the Badische Staatskapelle Karlsruhe, Baden Baden Philharmonic, and the Meininger Hofkapelle. Frank is also an active chamber musician and was most recently invited on scholarship to the Chamber Music Academy of the Heidelberg Spring Festival and the Verbier Festival Academy.
Throughout the 2016 season and beyond, Mr Dupree will give concerts in more than 30 cities across Germany as the winner of the 2014 Deutscher Musikwettbewerb. He also performs at the Schleswig Holstein, Ludwigsburg, and Heidelberg Spring festivals and the Septembre Musical festival in Montreux-Vevey (Switzerland), and will make his debut appearances with the Duisburg Philharmonic (Germany), Kristiansand Symphony (Norway), and Malmo Symphony (Sweden) orchestras.
Frank Dupree’s debut recording was released in the summer of 2015 under the GENUIN classics label, featuring works by Beethoven, Berg, Berio, and the world premiere recording of E.tv.s’ Erdenklavier – Himmelklavier.
Born in 1991 in Rastatt, Frank Dupree has been a student of Sontraud Speidel since the age of five, and with whom he is currently continuing his studies as part of a Master of Music degree at Karlsruhe University of Music.
In Summer 2013, he was awarded the Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes scholarship, and in 2014 was the recipient of the Deutschen Stiftung Musikleben scholarship in support of his studies.