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Henrike Brüggen

Henrike Brüggen was born in Stadtoldendorf and started playing the piano at the age of six. From 1993-97 she was taught by Prof. Heidi Köhler in Hannover who remained her teacher when changing to Hannover´s Academy for Music and Theatre in 1997 where she also took lessons with Prof. Karl – Heinz Kämmerling from 2000 to 2003. Upon graduating with honours, Henrike expanded her studies with Prof. Anatol Ugorski at the Music Academy Detmold between 2004 and 2007 which she finished with a graduate recital.

From 1993-95, Henrike Brüggen was a foundationer of the „Oskar-und-Vera-Ritter-Stiftung“. In 1994, she won first prize at the International Steinway-Competition and regularly performs recitals ever since. In 1995 and 1996 she was laureate at the national competition „Jugend musiziert“ in the categories piano solo and chamber music. In 1998, she obtained a scholarship of the German Music Competition (Berlin) and was accepted into the national selection of „Konzerte Junger Künstler“. In 2003, she was prizewinner of the International Piano Competition Piano Campus in Paris.

As a soloist, Henrike Brüggen appeared in concert with Sinfonia Varsovia and the Göttinger Symphony and guested at renowned festivals such as the Schwetzinger Festspiele and Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. Since 1998 she has made recordings with Deutschland Radio, NDR and SWR. Henrike received further artistic stimuli from soloists and ensembles such as Sándor Falvai, Gyöngyi Keveházi, Thomas Brandis, the Alban Berg Quartet, Hatto Beyerle and Ulf Schneider.

Next to solo performances, Henrike commands extensive chamber music experience and repertory regularly appearing in various formations. Since the summer semester 2009, Henrike Brüggen teaches piano coaching at the Academy for Music and Theatre in Hannover.