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Music is the connection of the two most important elements of our live: Time and Love

Vivien Walser, born in 2004, studies Piano at the University of Music and Performing Arts Munich with Prof. Antti Siirala. She received her first piano lessons at the age of five, and at the age of ten she was accepted into the preparatory study section, major piano, in Prof. Massimiliano Mainolfi’s class. Since 2017, she is funded by scholarships of Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben. Vivien is a 1st prize winner at numerous international competitions as well as at the national competition “Jugend Musiziert”. She performed at the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festival as part of the “Junge Elite” series, as well as at the Resonanzraum in Hamburg, the Philharmonie im Gasteig and numerous piano recitals. Last year, she broadcast several livestream concerts, including as part of the Steinway program “Masters – The Next Generation.” She regularly participates in international master classes. She received significant impulses from Gerhard Oppitz, Antti Siirala, Massimiliano Mainolfi, Boris Slutsky, Andrea Lucchesini, and Pavel Nersessian.

The young artist is regularly invited to perform piano recitals, on Christmas Eve 2019 for “Classic meets Christmas” at Maximilianskirche in Munich, in the summer of 2019 at the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festival on the “Young Elite” stage, or in 2018 at “Piano Furioso”, for an anniversary of the Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben, at Resonanzraum in Hamburg. On this occasion, she was also able to record her first CD at the age of 14. As a soloist, she has already given several prizewinner concerts at the Munich Philharmonic. In the competition “Jugend Musiziert” she was convincing from the beginning and from 2012 until her participation in the finals in 2017 in the national competition she only won first prizes for piano, violin and string ensemble. In 2018, she won two international competitions in Italy, “Citta di Oleggio” and “San Donà di Piave”, as 1st absolute prize winner in her age group – a position she repeated also in 2019 at the competition “Premio Antonio Salieri” in Legnago. In 2020, during the Corona Lockdown, she won the first prize at the first online piano competition for youth in Europe (EUPLAYY). The young artist regularly participates in master classes for piano and chamber music, at the Summit Music Festival 2018 in New York or in 2019 at the International Summer Academy of the Mozarteum University in Salzburg. She received important impulses from professors such as Antti Siirala, Massimiliano Mainolfi, Boris Slutzky, Andrea Lucchesini, Gerhard Oppitz, Wolfgang Manz, Markus Bellheim, Roman Raithel and Uta Weyand. Already in 2017 she was selected for the Tutzing Academy as a violinist in the string ensemble, and in 2019 she was invited to play as a pianist with the Bavarian State Youth Orchestra.

Music is the connection of
the two most important elements
of our life: Time and love.”

Vivien Walser

Concerts & Competitions

At numerous concerts and competitions, Vivien enthused her audience. Here a list of events with some samples:


Steinway Classic Award, Vivien Walser

Sunday, May 14, 2023

Claude Debussy (1862-1918) Images Book I: Reflets dans l'eau / Hommage à Rameau / Mouvement
Chopin Barcarolle Op. 60

University of Music and Theater Munich, Arcisstraße: Concert Hall

Link to HMTM Announcement: Steinway Classic Awards 2023 Winners.


Duo Violin & Piano, Sunghae Kim & Vivien Walser

Thursday, October 6th, 2022

Johannes Brahms, Sonata for Violin and Piano Nr. 2 a major op. 100
Jules Massenet, Meditation from „Thais"
César Franck, Sonata für Violin und Piano a major

This evening brings two special artists together whose cultures combine classical music at the highest level: Sunghae Kim, violin virtuoso from the South Korean metropolis of Seoul, in a duo with the young Munich pianist Vivien Walser.

Professor Sunghae Kim is a graduate of Seoul National University as well as the University of Music and Theatre Munich in the class of Ana Chumachenco and received her Doctorate of Music in Stonybrook, New York. She performs regularly as a soloist at international festivals, including the Naantali festival, Rheingau Festival, Speyer Festival, Ascoli Piceno Festvial, and is a member of the Korean Chamber Orchestra. She has taught as a professor at Kookmin University in Seoul since 2013, and previously taught on the faculties of Sejong University, Seoul National University, Yonsei University and others.

Vivien Walser became interested in music at a very early age and started piano lessons at the age of five. Since the age of thirteen she has been a scholarship holder of the Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben. She is a 1st prize winner in numerous international competitions as well as the national competition Jugend Musiziert. The young artist is regularly invited to perform at piano recitals and has already performed at the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festival on the Junge Elite stage, at the Resonanzraum in Hamburg, and at the Philharmonie im Gasteig. Vivien Walser studies piano with Professor Antti Siirala at the University of Music and Theatre Munich .


Chopin Piano Concerto No. 1, Vivien Walser, Brescia Master Orchestra & Sergio Baietta

Saturday, September 18, 2021

Vivien Walser (piano) plays Frédéric Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor, Op. 11 with the Brescia Master Orchestra, conducted by Sergio Bayetta. The concert was performed on September 18, 2021 at the Church San Giovanni Evangelista, Brescia, as part of the Brescia Talent Summer Music Festival.

Frédéric Chopin (1810-1849) composed his first piano concerto in 1830. At the time, he was still living in his native Poland and was just 20 years old. The premier of Piano Concerto No. 1 took place in October of the same year at Warsaw’s National Theater, with Chopin himself playing the challenging piano part.


Final Concert Schloss Neuhardenberg

Masterclass Student Masters
Jan Vogler & Antti Siirala

The workshop participants and their tutors: 
Jan Vogler, Violoncello (director)
Antti Siirala, Klavier

Saturday, August 28, 2021, 4:00pm

Robert Schumann, Five Pieces in Folk Style A minor, op. 102 
Ludwig van Beethoven, String Quartet No. 1 F major, op. 18/1, mov. 1
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Piano Quartet No. 1 G minor, KV 478, mov. 1
Robert Schumann, Piano Quintet Es major, op. 44, mov. 1-3
Beatles, three Songs for Cello Quartet: Michelle, Let it be, Yesterday

For the seventh time, the Schloss Neuhardenberg foundation and the cellist Jan Vogler are inviting young musicians to a one-week chamber music workshop in the Mark Brandenburg. The participants will be working on their interpretation and technique, virtuosity, expression and inner understanding of chamber music works from various periods in a highly focused and motivated way. In the course of this work, they will also develop a programme that will be performed in front of an audience at a joint final concert.

The Neuhardenberg workshop is a project within the scope of the Masterclass Student Masters, which was initiated in order to give young musicians who are at the beginning of their careers important stimuli for their further development through workshops and joint performances with famous virtuosos. It primarily addresses former winners of Jugend musiziert, Germany's annual national competition for young classical musicians. The German Savings Banks Association has been the main sponsor of both of these projects for many years.

Stiftung Schloss Neuhardenberg, Schinkelplatz, 15320 Neuhardenberg near Berlin

Stiftung Programme


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