Gitti Pirner, Germany - member of the piano Jury 2014
Gitti Pirner studied in Munich, Rome and Geneva under Erik Then-Berg, Guido Agustini, and Louis Hiltbrand. Wilhelm Kempff’s courses were an exceptional source of inspiration for her. On her way from pianistic wunderkind to mature artistic personality, Gitti Pirner was awarded First Prize at the Geneva International Music Competition in 1970. She is also laureate of the Munich Competition. Gitti Pirner has performed with conductors such as Sergiu Celibidache, Rudolf Kempe, Helmuth Rilling, and Franz Welser- Möst. Piano recitals and orchestra concerts have led her to European, Korean, and Japanese metropolises. In addition to her solo performances, Gitti Pirner passionately dedicates herself to chamber music and Lied accompaniment. Her discography includes live recordings with the Munich Philharmonic conducted by Celibidache, as well as a recording of Mozart’s piano Sonatas. She has served as jury member for several international competitions, including the ARD Competition in Munich. Gitti Pirner was professor at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Munich until 2011.