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Born in Dresden as the son of a conductor and a singer, Peter Rösel had his first piano lessons at the age of six. He completed a five-year-study at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow with Dmitri Bashkirov and Lev Oborin. At that time he became not only the first German prize winner at the Moscow Tchaikovsky Competition and the Montreal Piano Competition, he also started an international career, which has taken him to the music centres of all continents.
His performances at international festivals, among them Dresden, Salzburg, Prague (Prague Spring) La Roque d'Anthéron, Edinburgh, London Proms, Perth, Hollywood Bowl, Hongkong, were enthusiastically acclaimed by audiences and newspapers.
For many years Peter Rösel has been a welcome guest at major orchestras as the New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, at the Montreal, Toronto, Baltimore and Detroit symphonies, The Florida Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra and Royal Philharmonic, Berliner Philharmoniker, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden and Dresdner Philharmonie, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, MDR-Sinfonieorchester Leipzig, Mozarteum Orchester Salzburg, Berner Symphonieorchester, KBS Symphony Orchestra Seoul, National Symphony Orchestra of Taiwan, Kioi Sinfonietta Tokyo, New Japan Philharmonic, Gulbenkian Orchestra Lisbon as well as the Netherlands Philharmonic.
He performed with renowned conductors such as Herbert Blomstedt, Andrey Boreyko, Charles Dutoit, Vladimir Fedosseyev, Gabriel Feltz, Claus Peter Flor, Hartmut Haenchen, Bernard Haitink, Daniel Harding, Günter Herbig, Marek Janowski, Rudolf Kempe, Dmitrij Kitajenko, Kyrill Kondraschin, Kurt Masur, Kurt Sanderling, Stefan Sanderling, Horst Stein, Yuri Temirkanov, Klaus Tennstedt und Walter Weller.
With Kurt Masur and the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, he performed more than two hundred times on international stages. It was Kurt Masur who invited him with the Piano Concerto No. 3 by Rachmaninov to the 150th anniversary of the New York Philharmonic.
Rösel has produced a large number of CDs including recordings for EMI, Capriccio, Ars Vivendi and Berlin Classics, such as the piano concerti by Weber with the Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden under Herbert Blomstedt, by Schumann with the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig under Kurt Masur, and by Rachmaninov and Beethoven with the Berliner Sinfonie-Orchester (now called Konzerthausorchester Berlin) under Kurt Sanderling and Claus Peter Flor respectively. Recordings of the solo piano work by Brahms as well as of chamber music in the most different combinations complete the broad repertoire of the internationally renowned pianist.
In the 2009/2010 season, Rösel gave concerts among others with the Philharmonisches Staatsorchester Mainz, Jenaer Philharmonie, Chamber Orchestra Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, Mozarteum Orchester Salzburg, National Symphony Orchestra of Taiwan and only recently with the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Stefan Sanderling.
In Autumn 2011 Peter Rösel continued his recital series performing all 32 Ludwig van Beethoven sonatas within a period of four years. The artist presents this series in Japan, Germany and Switzerland. In Tokyo, all the 32 sonatas recorded on CD and appeared at the beginning of 2012.
Future concerts will take him to the Konzerthausorchester Berlin and the Kioi Sinfonietta Tokyo.
For his longlasting and outstanding performances as a pianist, Rösel was awarded the Kunstpreis der Landeshauptstadt Dresden 2009 in March 2009. Rösel is a full member of the Saxon Academy of Arts.