Wednesday | 04. October 2023

Martin Stadtfeld assumes chair at the University of the Arts Bremen

The pianist Martin Stadtfeld will be Professor for Piano at the HfK Bremen starting in October 2023
© Hochschule für Künste Bremen

The University of the Arts (HfK) Bremen is strengthening their ranks for the 2023/2024 winter semester: The internationally known pianist Martin Stadtfeld will be Professor for Piano at the HfK Bremen starting in October 2023.

“Martin Stadtfeld is an outstanding artistic personality. As one of the most renowned pianists of our time, he combines extensive international experience with a special passion for music education and imparting knowledge. These qualities are invaluable for training and supporting young people. We are very happy and proud that he will enrich the HfK Bremen community as a Professor for Piano. As President of the HfK, I am convinced that he will set important accents for the Bremen cultural scene and the promotion of young musicians,” said Prof. Dr. Mirjam Boggasch, President of the University of the Arts Bremen.

Martin Stadtfeld's musical career starts early: he takes up playing the piano at the age of six, makes his concert debut at the age of nine, and at the age of 14 he enters the class of Lev Natochenny in Frankfurt as a young student. His first place at the Leipzig Bach Competition in 2002 reaps him great renown. He goes on to play at leading festivals, in the most important concert halls and with international orchestras. For the last two decades, recitals showcasing the music of Bach, the sonatas of Beethoven, German Romanticism and orchestral invitations with the piano concertos of Mozart to Rachmaninoff have taken Martin Stadtfeld all over the world.

During those years, he recorded dozens of albums for Sony Classical, which won numerous awards and became bestsellers. Schott Music publishes sheet music editions of Stadtfeld´s arrangements of the classics as well as his own compositions. In addition, Martin Stadtfeld has felt the need to get involved in music education for many years. He has countless school visits, concerts for children and young people, CD radio plays that are intended to make it easier for children and adults to enter the world of classical music to show for this passion.

Martin Stadtfeld will now use his broad experience as a Professor for Piano in Bremen: “The University of the Arts, with its broad orientation and impact on the City of Bremen, is an ideal place to set up and supervise an international piano class. I am looking forward to working at the HfK and to many encounters with the Bremen audience, whose musical connoisseurship I am of course already familiar with from several concerts in recent years! It is particularly important to me to be able to introduce new young talents to this audience in the future and thus establish a lasting connection,” said Stadtfeld.

Good to know: Martin Stadtfeld's new album "Baroque Colours" will be released on November 3 by Sony Classical.

On the roof at the HfK Bremen location in Dechanatstraße © Hochschule für Künste Bremen
From left to right: HfK Chancellor Dr. Antje Stephan, HfK Professor Martin Stadtfeld and HfK Rector Prof. Dr. Mirjam Boggasch. © Hochschule für Künste Bremen