„The  young pianist Esther Birringer performed her solo part with an intimately beautiful sound and with a smooth fluidity, never just mechanical but lively and descriptive all the time - a strong talent.“
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"Gentle Piano Poet", "Powerful Bundle of Energy", "Congenial Interpreter", this is how the press media praise the young German pianist Esther Birringer. Her confident appearance, her sensitive as well as dramatic way of playing has delighted the critics and the audience equally. Her repertoire comprises 30 piano concertos as well as numerous pieces of chamber music.

She played amongst others in the Kölner Philharmonie, Gasteig München, Konzerthaus Berlin, Laeiszhalle Hamburg, Elmau Castle, Nicolaisaal Potsdam and was invited to renowned festivals such as the Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, MDR Musiksommer, Weilburger Schlosskonzerte, LuganoMusica, Musikfesttage an der Oder, Musikfestspiele Saar, summer festival AlpenKLASSIK in Bad Reichenhall, Schwetzinger Schlosskonzerte, Bachfest Leipzig and Würzburger Bach-Tage.
Esther Birringer played with orchestras such as the Munich Symphony Orchestra, Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Philharmonisches Kammerorchester Dresden, Dresdner Kapellsolisten, Brandenburgisches Staatsorchester Frankfurt-Oder, Kurpfälzisches Kammerorchester, Deutsche Streicherphilharmonie and Neues Kammerorchester Potsdam under Michael Sanderling, Łukasz Borowicz, Helmut Branny and Marcus Bosch.

Apart from her solo appearances Esther concentrates intensely on chamber music with Lea, her sister, as her Duo partner. The sisters caused a major stir when they won, one after the other, the renowned international chamber music competitions Premio Vittorio Gui in Florence and Concorso Internazionale di Musica da Camera Città di Pinerolo with a special award as best Brahms interpreters in 2011. Since then the sisters are invited to festivals and chamber music concert series where they captivate their audience not only by their stylistically confident but at the same time inventive interpretations of traditional as well as contemporary repertoire.

Esther Birringer’s debut CD with duo sonatas by Szymanowski, Hindemith and Respighi in cooperation with the violinist Lea Birringer has been awarded with excellent reviews. The Westdeutsche Rundfunk for example states : "The name Birringer is one to remember".

Esther was born in Quierschied and started playing the piano at the age of three. Karl-Heinz Kämmerling, Pascal Devoyon, Cécile Ousset and Arie Vardi are among her teachers. In 2012 she finished her studies at the University of Music, Drama and Media Hannover with the Konzertexamen.
The first prize at the national competition Jugend musiziert in 1999 was the start of a series of prizes won at international competitions in Germany, France and Italy, amongst them first prizes at the 6th International Piano Competition Johann Sebastian Bach in Würzburg and at the 9th International Piano Competition of the Chopin Society Hanover, furthermore a special prize at the Deutsche Musikwettbewerb 2011. Her home town Saarbrücken honoured her with the Cultural Award for Young Artists acknowledging her extraordinary accomplishments.
 
Esther Birringer  teaches at the University of Music Carl Maria von Weber Dresden and at the Zentrum für Musik und Sprache Hannover. 
 


Issue 2017