Austrian Ingolf Wunder achieved worldwide recognition at the 2010 International Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw, receiving both ‘Best Concerto’ and ‘Best Polonaise-Fantasy’ prizes as well as taking second prize overall. He has subsequently toured Japan with the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra under Antonini Wit, and given recitals at the Klavierfestival Ruhr and St Petersburg’s Mariinsky Theatre, as well as the Vienna Konzerthaus and Musikverein.
The 2012/13 season sees Wunder perform with orchestras including the hr-Sinfonieorchester, NHK Symphony Orchestra, Wiener Symphoniker (under Kazushi Ono) and the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin (Kazuki Yamada), as well as a return to the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra (Antoni Wit). In recital, he performs at Festspielhaus Baden-Baden, Conservatoire de Musique Geneva, Vienna Konzerthaus, Musikverein, Berlin's Philharmonie, Munich's Prinzregententheater, Stuttgart's Liederhalle and Warsaw's Philharmonic Concert Hall amongst others.
Ingolf Wunder records exclusively for Deutsche Grammophon. His first recording, a Chopin recital recording, was released in June 2011. In summer 2012 he recorded his second solo album '300', released in January 2013.
"Wunder’s tone is full and noble, and he allows the music to unfold with natural ease, forgoing temptations for any kind of grandstanding. At the same time his music-making has a sinewy grip that can generate cumulative power in a way that makes for compelling listening." (5* - The Irish Times, August 2011)
"Ingolf Wunder is the undisputed wunderkind of the Austrian piano scene...This debut for Deutsche Grammophon allows us all to judge his competition pieces, from the masterly handling of the mandatory "Polonaise-Fantaisie in A flat major" to the dazzling resolution of extrovert and introvert sensibilities displayed in the "Piano Sonata No 3 in B minor": the Scherzo alone moves from rippling, ebullient industry to soul-searching intimacy, and back again, within three minutes, Wunder displaying a poise and tonal command way beyond his tender years." (5* - The Independent, July 2011)
“Wunder produced the most exquisitely poised Chopin sound, characterised by bel canto elegance, and it is hard to imagine a finer account of the Polonaise-Fantasie than his in Warsaw.” (The Telegraph, October 2010)
“From the start the Austrian was in control, consistent, confident and professional. Most important of all, he had that subtle extra magic, and, even before the last chord had finished sounding, the audience erupted.” (Gramophone, October 2010)