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Peter Roesel, son of a conductor and a singer, was born in Dresden and started to learn the piano at the age of six. He studied at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow first with Dmitri Bashkirov and later with Lev Oborin. During his years spent in Moscow he won prizes at several major competitions, including the International Schumann Competition in 1963, the 1966 Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow and the International Piano Competition in Montreal in 1968.

He has performed not only in all the main musical centers of Europe but also in North and South America, Australia, Middle and Far East. His appearances in international festivals such as Berlin, Edinburgh, the London Proms, Perth, Salzburg, Hollywood Bowl and Hong Kong have been met with enthusiastic receptions from both public and critics alike.


He has played with such orchestras as the New York Philharmonic and the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Detroit, Minnesota, Toronto and Montreal Symphony Orchestras, the BBC Orchestras, the Berlin Philharmonic and of course, the Dresden Staatskapelle. His conductors have included such well-known names as Herbert Blomstedt, Charles Dutoit, Bernard Haitink, Gunther Herbig, Dmitri Kitajenko, Kurt Sanderling, Juri Temirkanov and Klaus Tennstedt. Since 1970 Peter Roesel has worked very closely with Kurt Masur and the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra and has played as their soloist in over 200 concerts during international tours. It was Kurt Masur who invited him to play Rachmaninov`s 3. Piano Concerto at the 150. Jubilee Celebrations of the New York Philharmonic.

In addition to his many concert appearances, Peter Roesel has made numerous recordings for labels such as EMI, Capriccio, Ars Vivendi and Berlin Classics to name but a few.

The works range from the piano concertos of Beethoven (with Flor), Weber (with Blomstedt), Schumann (with Masur) and Rachmaninov (with Kurt Sanderling) to the solo piano works of Brahms and to chamber music. They document the broad, artistic range of one of the most highly acclaimed pianists of his generation.

Peter Rösel has appeared as guest in over 40 countries on all five continents. Over the last years he was a soloist with the London Philharmonia, the New Japan Philharmonic Orchestra, the Salzburg Mozarteum, the Lisbon Gulbenkian Orchestra, the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra, the KBS Symphony Orchestra Seoul, Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden, Gewandhaus Orchestra Leipzig and the German Symphony Orchestra, to name but a few. The Sun's review of the piano concerto No. 2 by Prokofiev with the Baltimore Symphony came out with the headline: 'Roesel at the keyboard, electricity in the hall'.

In autumn 2011 Peter Rösel finished his recital series of all 32 piano sonatas by Ludwig van Beethoven, performed over a period of four years. The artist has presented this series in Japan, Germany and Switzerland. In Tokyo the complete cycle was recorded by King Records and released on CD at the beginning of 2012.

Currently he is working on a new project in Japan to perform over several years a representative compendium of 19th century German romantic music. In addition to this he is recording the piano concertos by Mozart for King Records with the Dresdner Kapellsolisten. Four CD have already been produced.

For his long and brilliant career as a pianist, Peter Rösel was awarded the Kunstpreis of the city of Dresden in 2009. Peter Rösel is a member of the Saxon Academy of Arts.
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