»Unbelievable Musicality« Daniel Barenboim expressed after hearing the young pianist Leonie Rettig at the age of fourteen, today she is one of the »great up and coming pianists« according to the German NDR.
The young pianist has been invited to important festivals such as the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, Beethovenfest Bonn, the MiTo SettembreMusica Festival in Milan and Turin, the Altmark Festspiele and pro:Musica concert series. She has also given recitals and masterclasses in Canada, China, Argentina, Italy, Portugal, South Africa, Ukraine, Cyprus and Switzerland.
She made her debut with orchestra at the age of fourteen performing Edvard Grieg’s piano concerto. This was followed by concerts with the Nürnberg Symphony and the Landeskapelle Eisenach and she was invited by Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra. After her fulminant debut with Symphony Nova Scotia in 2016 she soon was re-invited to go on tour in Canada playing Beethoven’s third piano concerto under Bernhard Gueller alongside Symphony Nova Scotia and Symphony New Brunswick and gave a series of solo and chamber music performances there the same year as well as giving interviews on the local radio and on national TV.
Chamber music partners include the cellist Tanja Tetzlaff, the violinist Elisabeth Kufferath and musicians of the Berlin Philharmonic such as Alexander Bader, Stanley Dodds, Stephan Koncz, Richard Duven, Anna Mehlin, Hande Küden, and David Riniker. She is currently invited to perform at the prestigious Easter Festival with the Berlin Philharmonic in Baden-Baden to perform chamber music with Alexander Bader and Richard Duven as well as the Beethoven Marathon at the Kammermusiksaal der Philharmonie Berlin.
Leonie’s Debut album with works by Schubert and Liszt, sponsored by the former cellist of the Berliner Philharmoniker and founder of the twelve Cellists, Rudolf Weinsheimer, was first exclusively released on the platform IDAGIO. The CD is now being published by the Berlin based label EuroArts Music International as a bonus CD in a luxury DVD Box including an extensive booklettext written by the multi-talented artist. In 2019 she was approached by EuroArts to write a text on 25 piano concertos which resulted in an essay on the Art of Interpretation as well as 25 individual texts. On her website she is presenting some of her writings which are of political, satirical or journal like format.
Besides being a professional concert pianist and occasional writer, Leonie is also engaged in social projects and willing to put herself in uncomfortable places when she feels it’s needed. Following threats by e-mail and multiple demands to step back from a charity concert given for the Deutsch-Israelische Gesellschaft, she was forced to perform this concert under police protection. During the refugee crisis in 2015 Leonie spent nights and days supporting people in emergency shelters she has helped to build up. This led to Leonie organizing a successful charity concert for refugee children at the Kammermusiksaal der Philharmonie Berlin. This concert in collaboration with UNICEF was played alongside one of Germanys most wellknown actresses Katja Riemann, as well as colleagues as chamber music partners. The concert was held under the patronage of the German Minister of Culture and Media, Prof. Monika Grütters. She is also continuingly performing for organizations in Germany, such as Aktion 100000 in Ulm, supporting local families in need.
Leonie Rettig was a student of the late Vladimir Krainev at the piano faculty of the College of Music, Drama and Media in Hanover, who was one of the last pupils of legendary pianist and pedagogue Heinrich Neuhaus. Piano works ranging from the sonatas of Domenico Scarlatti to those of Henry Dutilleux are part of her extensive repertoire. With her profile as musician, writer and passionate dancer and including all of these art forms into her career, Leonie Rettig stands out exceptionally in the classical music industry. (03/2020)