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Gitti Pirner

 

Gitti Pirner is a German pianist and emeritus lecturer at Hochschule für Musik und Theater München (HMT).

Pirner grew up in Sonthofen, she learned playing the piano from the early childhood. She gave her first piano concert at the age of seven, and performed Mozart’s piano concerto for the first time at the age of eight. At the age of twelve, she played Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 23 in A major, KV 488 as part of a solo recital, and won a positive press of the Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung.

Erik Then-Bergh discovered the young talent and gave her lessons in Munich. She studied in Rome with Guido Agosti, partly in courses with Wilhelm Kempff, and finally in Geneva with Louis Hiltbrand. In Geneva, she shared the first prize at the International Music Competition, and after her return to Munich she won the interpretive prize.

Pirner taught master classes at the HMT in Munich until mid-2013 for 30 years, and holds a guest professorship at the Zurich University of the Arts. She also taught in Tokyo and Shanghai and was a juror in international competitions.