About the Person

Ever again the press praises the finely distinguished, spiritualised play of the German pianist Tim Ovens. The culture of his touch, his distinct sense for sound, the ability to lend the softest tone as well as the biggest line life and tension, in short - to make music become language, these characteristics make the concerts of Tim Ovens to a very special experience.

Tim Ovens lives in Hanover, Germany, and Vienna, Austria. Born in Flensburg, Germany, Tim Ovens did study in the soloist and master classes of Hans Leygraf, Karl Engel, Kurt Bauer and Paul Badura-Skoda.

Tim Ovens did live in China from 1987 up to 1988 where he occupied himself intensely with Asian culture. In Peking, Shanghai and further cities, he gave numerous solo recitals, concertos with orchestra and concerts with chamber music. The most outstanding music colleges of China invited him to give piano courses and hold lectures.

In the course of his extensive international concert activity, Ovens did work together with a series of orchestras (performances of piano concertos by Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin, Tschaikowsky, Bartok, Finzi, Henze, Pensel). He played for various broadcasting stations as well as for national and international television companies. He was a guest on various outstanding music festivals - the "Schleswig-Holstein Musikfestival", "Dresdner Musikfestspiele", "Ludwigsburger Schlossfestspiele", the "Kissinger Sommer", and others. Besides there are numerous CD-recordings as soloist and with chamber music (Ars Musici, CordAria, Polygram Far East a.o.).

International concert tours in recent years led him besides European countries frequently to Japan, to South America, and again and again to China.

From 1989 to 2009 Tim Ovens taught at the University of Music and Drama in Hanover, Germany. Since 2009 he is regular professor of piano at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna, Austria. Besides he works as a Visiting Professor at the China Conservatory of Music in Beijing, China. In 2010 he established the Vienna Academy of Music in China; he is the artistic director of the academy. Furthermore, he becomes invited regularly by international Conservatories of Music to give piano masterclasses (e.g. Poland, Greatbritain, Italy, Brazil, Japan ...).

The repertoire of Tim Ovens is widely spread and it contains all fields of the piano music. Emphases within this spectrum lay on the piano music from Schubert, Schumann, Debussy and John Cage. The treatment with the music of the 20th and the 21st century in their different alignments is for Tim Ovens ever challenge and therefore an important component of his musical work.

In addition to his soloistic performances Ovens is also engaged in chamber music and regularly gives concerts with different ensembles.

He has also composes and realises extensive sound installations, e.g. Wasserlaeufer, ...unterwegs..., Horae.

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