“Unbelievable musicality” Daniel Barenboim
“We experienced a creative miracle […]. Right from the first notes of Liszt’s B minor Sonata the audience was on the edge of their seats. It was as if Leonie Rettig began to read a long pianistic novel […]. Following on from last year’s Liszt bicentenary, Leonie Rettig had delivered such an overwhelming masterpiece that it was some moments before the applause began.” (Hannoversche Allgemeine Zeitung, 28.2.2013)
“Leonie Rettig played, no she celebrated, Schubert’s Piano Sonata in B flat major and Brahms’s Piano Sonata in F minor with contemplative intensity and highly concentrated commitment. With her lucid touch she created a mood that seemed to suspend all material and temporal barriers and to give the performance a transcendental air.” (Südwestpresse, 16.2.2016)
Leonie Rettig is an outstanding pianist and undoubtedly one of todayʼs most interesting young musicians, for she combines exceptional technique, great intelligence and tremendous, top-flight musical talent. The twenty-six-year-old pianist immerses herself in the material, illuminating complex structures, and is at the same time a wonderful poet who demonstrated enormous musical maturity and power of expression as a young person when she showed an intense interest in the great works of the piano literature. Anyone who has heard Leonie Rettig play just once will not forget her in a hurry.
Born in Stuttgart in 1991, Leonie Rettig knew from her early childhood exactly what she wanted to do later in life. In an interview with IDAGIO, she was very specific: “I donʼt think I ever decided to become a pianist, except perhaps at the moment when, at the age of four, I stood tall before my mother and explained to her with heartfelt conviction that I was going to be a pianist. […] In truth, I always had this inner sense of belief, something I never questioned, that it was just completely natural for me to choose that path.”
The young pianist has been invited to give concerts at important festivals such as the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival and the MiTo Festival in Milan and Turin, at the Oberstdorf Summer Music Festival, the Schloss Haigerloch Concerts, the Leipzig Summer Piano Festival and the International Chamber Music Festival Viana do Castelo; she has also given recitals at the Accademia Tedesca Villa Massimo in Rome, in Portugal, South Africa, Ukraine, in Switzerland and Argentina. She was acclaimed equally by audiences and the press for her tremendous, sell-out recital in one of the North German Radio (NDR) broadcasting halls during the Pro:Musica Concerts in Hanover, which was recorded by NDR. In 2016 she organised a Benefit Concert for UNICEF she gave together with friends and the German actress Katja Riemann in the Chamber Music Hall of the Philharmonie in Berlin.
She made her debut with orchestra at the age of fourteen performing Edvard Griegʼs Piano Concerto. This was followed by concerts with the Nürnberg Symphony under Lancelot Fuhry and the Landeskapelle Eisenach under Carlos Chamorro Moreno. In the spring of 2016 she delighted an audience when she played Ravelʼs Concerto in G major with Symphony Nova Scotia under the baton of Bernhard Gueller. In March 2017 she gave a masterclass at the Universidad National de los Artes in Buenos Aires.
In early 2007 Leonie Rettig went to study with Vladimir Krainev at the piano faculty of the College of Music, Drama and Media in Hanover. One of the last pupils of Heinrich Neuhaus, Krainev was her teacher until his sudden death in 2011. Piano works ranging from the sonatas of Domenico Scarlatti to those of Henri Dutilleux are part of her extensive repertoire, in which works of the Romantic era form the core.
Leonie Rettigʼs passion for the Argentinian tango provides a good counterbalance to her life as a performing musician, and she finds that the place she now calls home, Berlin – affectionately known by local aficionados of tango as the European Buenos Aires – is the ideal location to pursue her hobby.