About

Educated in Hanover, Berlin and London, pianist Paul Cibis has performed on five continents and established an international presence. He has played solo and duo recitals at festivals in his native Germany, France, the UK, the US, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand and appeared in the electronic media around the world, including the BBC, WDR, 3Sat, ORB, HR, RTHK and CCTV.

Following his interest in presenting classical music in unique and innovative ways, Paul has co-developed the PIANO BATTLE concert show which has been performed in Europe, Asia and the US. Its success has led to further invitations to major venues and festivals in China, Taiwan, South Korea, Italy, Germany and the US, including festivals such as the Beethovenfest Bonn, Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival and Klavierfestival Ruhr.

Paul has also been involved in various film projects. He penned the music scores for several short films, and was the initiator and music supervisor of the international award-winning documentary PIANOMANIA.

His CD recordings include an album of French mélodies and piano works by Berlioz, Fauré and Debussy, with German mezzo-soprano Barbara Senator. His latest album features a collection of solo pieces by Taiwanese composer Kai-nan Huang.

As an educator Paul Cibis has been teaching in workshops and master classes for pianists in Germany, UK, US, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and South Korea. He is the co-Founder or the yearly Oxford Piano School summer course, and a founding member and current chairman of the international Peter Feuchtwanger Society.

Paul Cibis studied piano with Karl-Heinz Kämmerling (Hanover), Peter Feuchtwanger (London) and Graham Johnson (London); and read musicology and philosophy at universities in Berlin and at Royal Holloway, University of London.

From 2005 to 2009, Paul was a vocal coach at Trinity College of Music in London. He conducted piano and Lieder workshops at music academies in Hong Kong and Guangzhou, China. He was also an adjudicator at the Hong Kong Music Festival in 2019 and 2014.


PIANO BATTLE

"The Piano Battle between the young men facing each other at the two grand pianos is a publicly staged and artfully performed contemplation of the classical concert business as well as classical music itself. Andreas Kern and Paul Cibis purposefully present their expertly executed craft in the wrong – an athletic — context and let the unique qualities of their performance shine even brighter this way. Between the comedic remarks and over the course of a lovely Schubert Impromptu and a biting Ligeti piece, they compel the audience to engage in the focused mindfulness that is necessary to truly appreciate music."
(Berliner Morgenpost, Germany)

"As the competition got white-hot, the performers and the audience found themselves unable to sit back down … as the crowd looked on, nervous and excited, immersed in the beauty and tension of the music … And when the smoke clears, the only thing that’s been defeated is the barrier between classical music and the audience."
(map Magazine, China)

Originally created for the Hong Kong City Festival, PIANO BATTLE has been performed for sold-out audiences in Europe, the United States and Asia – including the Shanghai Oriental Arts Center, Seoul Arts Center and an open air spectacle before 6,000 fans in Taiwan. The show has also been well-received in the pianists‘ home country where Andreas Kern and Paul Cibis have performed for enthusiastic audiences in concert halls and at festivals all over Germany – including the Beethovenfest Bonn, Rheingau Musik Festival, Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival, the Prinzregententheater Munich and the Philharmonie Berlin.

Andreas Kern and Paul Cibis have expanded their concept – in 2016 with the premiere of their show sequel PIANO BATTLE – Ready for Fame, and in 2017 with their latest creation PIANO BATTLE meets ORCHESTRA.

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EDUCATION

Education is one the most rewarding activities one can engage in as a musician. I was fortunate to start my path as an assistant of Prof Peter Feuchtwanger in London. One of my main interests at that time was the research on how to develop and maintain a healthy piano technique, and how to prevent and successfully treat any playing-related injuries such as tendonitis, exostosis, focal dystonia etc. I assisted Prof Feuchtwanger at several master classes, and at workshops for the International Society for Study of Tension in Performance (ISSTIP) and the European Piano Teachers Association (EPTA) in London.

In 2018, the core group of longtime students of Prof Feuchtwanger founded the international Peter Feuchtwanger Society. The purpose of the society is the organisation of the yearly Feuchtwanger Piano Symposium in Germany, the establishment of a Peter Feuchtwanger Archive, and the support of musicological and pedagogical research projects. The society wants to further develop and broaden the reach of Feuchtwanger’s teaching concepts, and I am glad to support this aim as a founding member and its current chairman.

Whenever the performing schedule allows I am keen to meet the next generation of musicians. I am glad to have been invited for master classes and workshops for pianists in Germany, UK, US, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and South Korea (Music School Munich, Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, Shanghai Normal University, Xinghai Conservatory of Music Guangzhou, China, Yamaha Centre Taichung, Taiwan, and Keongnam Arts High School Jinju, South Korea).

In 2016, I founded the Oxford Piano School summer course together with my colleague Pavel Timofeyevsky. It is held once a year in conjunction with Oxford Cello School summer course in Oxford, UK.

Together with my colleague Andreas Kern, I developed the PIANO BATTLE Academy Summer Camp which invites students to join us for a two week long musical journey through Germany. After a week full of workshops and performances in Berlin, we travel to Leipzig, Bonn and Hamburg following the traces of the three big "B" - Bach, Beethoven and Brahms. The first summer course was supposed to happen in August 2020, now we hope to make it happen as soon as the world situation allows.

I had known the Steinway technician Stefan Knüpfer for a few years and told my brother, film maker Robert Cibis, numerous times how interesting his work as a sought-after piano specialist is and how enthusiastically and captivatingly he can talk about it ... The idea to produce a film about Knüpfer's life and work with the various pianist personalities eventually resulted in the international awards winning documentary PIANOMANIA. I am proud to have given the initial impulse and stayed involved in this project as the music supervisor during its filming and post production period.

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Oxford Piano School

Much more than just an ordinary week of piano masterclasses; the Oxford Piano School (OPS) gives its participants a unique opportunity to immerse themselves, head to toe, into a week of wide ranging musical activities and experiences.

Pavel Timosejevsky
Paul Cibis
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The society aims at disseminating the instrumental pedagogical concept of pianist and pedagogue Peter Feuchtwanger, and promoting its further development.


Peter Feuchtwanger Society

When Peter Feuchtwanger died in 2016... happy to be on of the founding members of the Peter Feuchtwanger Society.

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The society aims at disseminating the instrumental pedagogical concept of pianist and pedagogue Peter Feuchtwanger, and promoting its further development.


PIANOMANIA

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Curruculum Vitae

Formal Education

1994 - 1998: Studies piano under Prof. Karl-Heinz Kämmerling at the Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien (HMTM) in Hanover (Diploma in 1998)1998 - 2001: Reads musicology and philosophy at Humboldt University, University of Art in Berlin, and Royal Holloway, University of London2001 - 2003: Postgraduate student at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London, studying with Graham Johnson, Robin Bowman and Eugene Asti (MMus in 2002)1998 - 2002: Private student of Prof Peter Feuchtwanger, London 1996 - 2004: Master classes and private lessons with Sergio Fiorentino, Hartmut Höll, Irwin Gage, Christa Ludwig, Sarah Walker, Thomas Hampson and Elisabeth Schwarzkopf

Awards

1992: Ibach-Prize for Outstanding Pianists1994: Bayreuth scholarship of the Richard Wagner Foundation2000 - 2001: Scholarship of the Erasmus/Socrates programme of the European Union2013: Scholarship for the Concerto21 Mentorship Programme and Summer Academy of the Alfred Toepfer Foundation F.V.S.

Educational Work

2002 - 2012: Assistant of Prof. Peter Feuchtwanger in London and at several master classes, and at workshops of the International Society for Study of Tension in Performance (ISSTIP) and the European Piano Teachers Association (EPTA) in London - Intensive experiences in dealing with physiological aspects of piano playing and successful treatment of playing-related problems and injuries such as tendonitis, exostosis, focal dystonia etc 2003 - 2005: Professional accompanist at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, LondonSince 2004: Master Classes for pianists in Germany, UK, USA, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and South Korea2005 - 2009: Vocal coach at the Trinity College of Music, London2007 - 2009: Lieder master classes and concerts at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts and Xinghai Conservatory of Music in Guangzhou, China2009: Lieder workshop in Durban, South Africa (Amazwi Omzansi Africa Foundation) 2009, 2010 & 2014: Adjudicator for pianists at the Hong Kong Schools Music Festival Competition, and at Great Melody School, Hong KongSince 2016: Co-Founder or the yearly Oxford Piano School summer course

CD Publications

2004: Solo and duo recordings on two albums of the Waiteata Collection Of New Zealand Music (Volumes VIII & IX)2009: "La Bonne Chanson", an album of French songs and piano solo music, recorded together with mezzo-soprano Barbara Senator, published by Music Chamber, London2011: "The Story In Mind", a solo album of piano pieces by composer Kai-nan Huang, released by ArchiMusic, Taipei

Compositions & Miscellanious

1991: Film score for the short movie Der deutsche Mittagstisch, published by CIRO Film, Germany 1999 - 2003: Pianist of the Junge Deutsche Philharmonie orchestra (e.g. soloist in "Petroushka" by Stravinsky), also member of the programme committee; concerts with the orchestra in Germany, Italy, Switzerland and Spain2007: World premiere performance of the song cycle 7 Art Songs by Tony Hymas (together with mezzo-soprano Monica Brett- Crowther in London, with BBC recording)2008 - 2009: Initiator and music supervisor of the international award-winning documentary "Pianomania", produced by OVALmedia Berlin, Germany


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