Vita - Uta Walther

Uta Walther was born in Eisleben (Sachsen-Anhalt). She received her education as a pianist at the Hochschule für Musik „Franz Liszt“ in Weimar where she studied with Helmut Hess. After taking her Performer’s Diploma she continued her studies with Alfons Kontarsky at the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst “Mozarteum” in Salzburg. In 1997 she then graduated as „Magistra artium“. She has taken part in international master classes with Lazar Berman, Bernard Ringeissen, Jan Wijn and Rolf-Dieter Arens. Uta Walther has won several prizes, e.g. First Prize in the National Franz Liszt Piano Competition of the former GDR and was awarded a number of scholarships.

In her early years she was already performing as an interpreter of Liszt. She now regularly gives concerts as a soloist, chamber musician and accompanist in many European countries. She has played for example at the Royal Academy of Music in London and at the “International Piano Marathon” in the Auditorio Nacional Madrid. She has frequently recorded for both radio and CD, including several first recordings.

The repertoire of Uta Walther includes works of all styles and epochs, ranging from the Baroque. She devotes much of her attention to the literature of the 20th and 21st centuries and has given several first performances of works by Vivienne Olive, Werner Heider, Burkhardt Söll, Volker Blumenthaler, Jörg Widmann and Jens Klimek. Uta Walther’s playing is characterised by a brilliant technique and extreme versatility, enabling her to give an exciting and convincing interpretation of works that encompass the most diverse styles and ranges of expression.

Uta Walther has been a tutor for piano at the Friedrich-Alexander University in Erlangen-Nuremberg since 1999. She has also taught piano in the music department of the Johann-Pachelbel Secondary School in Nuremberg since September 2013. In addition she taught for twelve years at the Boys Choir School in Windsbach.

Her writings include an article on the piano music of Helmut Bieler, which appears in Volume 58 of the series, "Composers in Bavaria" and the article, "Vivienne Olive: Werke für Tasteninstrumente", which appears in Volume 67 of this series.

Since March 2021 she has been writing a column for "intakt" which is the members' magazine of the Franconian Choral Society. The column is entitled: "Something new to discover - women composers and their works for choir". She is a Associate Member on the Board of the Franconian Choral Society since July 2022.

Since 2021 Uta Walther is a member of the extended board of the international society, "Frau und Musik" (Women in Music) in Frankfurt/Main. In 2015 she was on the selection committee for the "Composer in Residence", staged by "Frau und Musik".

Text: Prof. Dr. Ludwig Striegel, Translation: Dr. Vivienne Olive



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