|Born in 1973, Erik Reischl had his first piano
lessons at the age of five with Martina Helfrich. He
continued his studies with Franz F. Eichberger in
Wiesbaden and from 1994 to 2002 has been a student of
Prof. Herbert Seidel, at the Frankfurt Academy of Music.
In 2000, he graduated with distinction (highest score)
and was awarded the "Konzert-Examen"
(post-graduate diploma) in 2002.
Masterclasses with renowned pianists, such as Lazar Berman, Detlef Kraus, Paul Badura-Skoda and Lew Naumow completed the education as well as studying conducting at the Würzburg Academy of Music from 1992 to 1994.
His first public performance was at the age of 9, his first solo recital at the age of 14 and two years later came his debut with orchestra. He has performed in concerts at the International Steinway Festival in the Berlin Philharmonic Hall and the German Rheingau Nachwuchs Festival. In addition to extensive recital performances in Germany he has received invitations to perform in New Zealand, Poland, Yugoslavia, Spain, the Netherlands, Romania and Hawaii.
Reischls first CD with works by Liszt was released in 1997, five further CD's appeared in the years 2000 through 2004 containing works by Rachmaninov, Debussy, Chopin, Mozart, Haydn, Crumb, Reich and Scarlatti.
He is prizewinner at prestigous national and international competitions, including first prize in the Hamburg Steinway Competition in 1989 and a prize in the National Competition of "Jugend musiziert" ("Youth makes music") three years later.
In the finals of the international piano competition "Maria Canals de Barcelona" in 1993, he was awarded the "Primera Medalla per unanimitat" and won second prize at the International Competition of Ferrol in Spain in 1995. At the renowned Franz Liszt Competition in Budapest in 1996, he was a finalist. He gained the cultural award from the Rheingau Taunus Region in 1999.
In the year 2000, Erik Reischl won 1st prize in the Lenzewski Music competition, in the Valsesia Musica International Piano Competition he was awarded 4th prize and was a finalist of the Busoni Competition in Bolzano. In the German Music Competition in Berlin (Deutscher Musikwettbewerb) at the beginning of 2001 he was the only participant to be admitted to the final round. He was awarded a scholarship and accepted into the German Council of Music listing of nominees for "Concerts of Young Artists" (Konzerte Junger Künstler).
(As of november 15th 2004)