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"(...) when she gets going, she takes your breath away!

What a talent, what a passion! Stunning! "


   Andreas Burzik, violinist

   Dipl. Psych. Dipl. Mus.

The South Tyrolean pianist Elisa Wallnöfer is applauded for the authenticity and moving depth of her performances.
A highlight of the past season was an acclaimed appearance as soloist with the Filharmonia Baltycka in Danzig, Poland. At the Lech Classic Festival, Elisa was one of the featured soloists: accompanied by the Festival Orchestra under the baton of Thomas Rösner, she played three piano concertos and, due to her acclaimed performances, was invited back for two further concertos in the following season, under the baton of Tetsuro Ban.

Elisa has primarily dedicated herself to the solo repertoire from all eras, incl. piano concertos, which she enjoys presenting in many contexts and constellations.
Elisa has appeared at the Gustav Mahler Music Weeks in Dobbiaco. As a soloist, she has performed with the Bavarian Chamber Orchestra Moosburg, under the baton of Erwin Weber, as well as with the Concentus21 Orchestra Vienna, under the baton of Herbert Krenn. She has held solo recitals in South Tyrol, Florence and Vienna, appeared in concerts in Skopje and Stip, organized by EMCY, and performed at the Rostock University of Music and Drama as a protégé of Hamish Milne, professor at the Royal Academy of Music London. Elisa was featured at the Wienerwald Lionsclub’s “Junge Stars spielen Klassik” (Young Stars Play Classical Music) of the Lionsclub Wienerwald, and has often appeared at the Congress Innsbruck.
She has also performed repeatedly with the Ensemble StringArt under Erich Feichter and played in a piano trio and piano duo. She has especially devoted herself to the music of the 20th century and to our contemporaries, such as in a collaborative project with the Ensemble XX.Jahrhundert and Peter Burwik in the concert hall of the ORF “RadioKulturhaus”.

At the beginning of 2018, Elisa completed her Concertperforming-Degree with Univ. Prof. Thomas Kreuzberger at the Musik und Kunst Privatuniversität der Stadt Wien with unanimous distinction and expands her education currently with a Pianopedagogy-Degree at the Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Wien. Kreuzberger discovered Elisa at a youth competition and invited her to study with him. Their work together stretches back to her secondary school years.

In fall 2014, Elisa Wallnöfer won second prize at the “Osaka International Music Competition” in Japan. Before, she had obtained the highest possible score at the semi-final in Vienna and been granted an advancement award.
Thereupon, the Italian TV channel RAI Südtirol broadcasted a portrait of the young pianist.
In the past years, Elisa has won first prize in several competitions, including the national competition “Chiaretto Classico” in Bardolino (highest possible score) and the European competition “Città di Moncalieri” in Turin. In 2012, she was awarded a “premio assoluto” at the international competition “Premio Vittoria Caffa Righetti” in Cortemilia.
Elisa Wallnöfer started her piano education with Marianne Lösch and Margrit Schild at the music school in Merano. As a child and teenager, she regularly participated in the Austrian youth competition “prima la musica” as a soloist or chamber music partner and was able to achieve remarkable success. For some years, she regularly performed in a piano duo in Italy and Austria. In 2008, she played her first concert with orchestral accompaniment and received the silver and gold certificate of performance (with excellent success).
In 2010, she recorded the CD “colours of music” with producer and sound engineer Michael Seberich and six other young musicians. Seberich has cooperated with great artists such as Claudio Abbado, Franz Welser-Möst, Grigory Sokolov, Renaud Capuçon and many others.  
Due to her merits, Elisa became a scholar of the “Institute for Music Education South Tyrol”.
During her Bachelor’s program with Kreuzberger, she also worked with MA Eunju Lee over a period of two years.
Elisa has attended master classes with Arie Vardi (Hanover University of Music, Drama and Media), Hamish Milne (Royal Academy of Music London), Alexander Jenner (University of Music and Peforming Arts Vienna), Jeanette de Boer (Mozarteum University Salzburg), Christiane Karajeva (University of Music and Peforming Arts Vienna), Krassimira Jordan (Baylor University Texas, USA), Dingyuan Zhang (East China Normal University in Shanghai), Roland Batik (Music and Arts University of the City of Vienna), Heinz Medjimorec, Aquilles delle Vigne, Helene Berger (Concervatoire à Rayonnement Départemental of Issy les Moulineaux ), Giuseppe Fricelli (Conservatorio di Firenze) and others.

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