Austrian pianist Ingolf Wunder achieved worldwide recognition after receiving ‘Best Concerto’ and ‘Best Polonaise-Fantasy’ prizes as well as taking second prize overall at the 2010 International Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw. Since then, he has toured extensively throughout Europe, Asia and America, performing at venues such as Zurich's Tonhalle, Vienna’s Musikverein and Konzerthaus, Laeiszhalle Hamburg, Festspielhaus Baden-Baden, Warsaw Philharmonic Concert Hall and Berlin Konzerthaus.
During 2013/14, Ingolf Wunder will perform with orchestras such as the Tonkünstler-Orchester Niederösterreich, Brussels Philharmonic, Orquesta Sinfónica de Tenerife, Orquesta de Valencia and Haydn Orchestra Bolzano. Recital performances will include numerous dates in Italy and Spain including Verona, Treviso and Bilbao as well as a South American recital tour. Highlights of the season are Wunder’s debuts at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London and at the Theâtre du Palais-Royal in Paris.
Ingolf Wunder exclusively records for Deutsche Grammophon. His first recording featured a Chopin recital and was released in June 2011, followed by his second CD '300', released in January 2013. Upcoming projects include a concerto recording in collaboration with Vladimir Ashkenazy and St Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, to be released in Autumn 2014.
"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)