Gesa Luecker Germany
"...a straightforward and sensitive pianist....rich with imagination and technical prowess..." (Anthony Tommasini, New York Times July 2011)
German pianist Gesa Luecker gave her first public concert aged nine and her orchestral debut followed when she was 12 years old.
She studied with Martin Dörrie and Matti Raekallio at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater, Hannover up until the concert exam program; further work with luminaries such as Arie Vardi, Fabio Bidini and Jerome Rose made an important contribution to her musical development.
She was a prize winner of the Bruno-Frey-Stiftung, of the Hannover Chopin Society and of national and international competitions.
She has given concerts as a soloist with various orchestras; her performances brought her to halls such as the large hall of the NDR Hannover, Yamaha Hall New York, Carnegie Hall (Weill Recital Hall) and Mannes College of Music in New York City, Wigmore Hall London, Oriental Arts Center Shanghai and Tsinghua University Beijing. Her chamber music partners include soloists from the Amsterdam Concertgebouworkest, Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, Düsseldorfer Symphoniker as well as artists like Tanja Becker Bender, Sayaka Schmuck, Christoph Eß, Katharina Deserno, her husband italian pianist Gabriele Leporatti and others.
Last season Gesa Luecker toured in Germany, Italy, the USA as well as making several concert tours to China.
Two recordings are published at the German labels GENUIN and Wergo.
She started teaching at the University for Music and Drama Hannover in 2001 at the department for highly gifted young students.
In October 2010 Gesa Luecker became a professor of piano at the University for Music and Dance Cologne, Germany. Her students are regularly prize winners in national and international competitions.
In addition she is a member of the jury at international competitions (Singapore International Piano Competition, Bechstein Competition Berlin, International Carl Maria von Weber Competition Dresden etc.) , gives masterclasses in Europe, China and since 2011 teaching and performing at the "International Keyboard Institute and Festival" (IKIF) in New York City, USA.