but is also conducting orchestras, composing his own pieces and running a tech startup.
Multiple-prize-winner at the 16th International Chopin Piano Competition 2010, among others: Silver Medal, Award for the best performance of the Piano Concerto, Award for the best performance of the Polonaise-Fantasy, Audience Award. He has performed in the most prestigious halls in Europe, Asia and both Americas: Carnegie Hall in New York, Kimmel Center in Philadelphia, Musikverein in Vienna, Queen Elizabeth Hall in London, Berlin Philharmonic, Teatre de Champs Elysees in Paris, Sala Verdi in Milan, Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, Moscow Conservatory Hall, Suntory Hall in Tokyo, Lotte Concert Hall in Seoul and many others. He has performed with such conductors as Vladimir Ashkenazy, Jerzy Semkow, Emanuele Krivine and Fabio Luisi and renowned orchestras: Philharmonia London, Orchestre National de France, Vienna Symphony Orchestra, NHK Symphony Orchestra, etc.
He was educated at the Conservatory of Music in Linz and in Vienna. Among his long-time mentors he counts the greatest Turkish pianist Idil Biret and Adam Harasiewicz, winner of the 1955 Chopin Competition. He studied conducting in Cracow under Paweł Przytocki, the current artistic director of Łódź Philharmonic Orchestra.
He also appears as a speaker representing the music world - he has spoken and participated in discussions in Davos during the World Economic Forum, in San Diego during the world's largest educational conference ASU GSV, and in December 2021 during the IGF (Internet Governance Forum) organized by the United Nations.
instead of giving a fish to eat for a day. in his masterclasses, Ingolf is focusing on finding custom-solutions for all technical and musical problems that a student might have.
Unfortunately the world got used to hear music without musicality, but there is no music without musicality for Ingolf. It's all about Rubato, about the art of connecting phrases and lines in order to speak with musical notes.
Ingolf is the only student of probably the greatest Chopinist still alive today: Maestro Adam Harasiewicz. Ingolf feels and breathes Chopin and is able to convey it to the students.
He started playing the piano at the age of 14. A few months later Wunder won his first piano competition. At 18, he played at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in Paris. His breakthrough came at the Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw. He performs all over the world in the most prestigious concert halls and most important orchestras. Together with his wife Paulina Wunder, he founded his first startup and continues to widen his horizons every day.
Photo credits: Bartek Sadowski (DG), Patrick Walter (DG), Paulina Wunder, PAP, Karol Makurat, Marcin Stępień
“In the last decades the music education system successfully managed to remove musicality from music. It’s high time to bring it back.”
Started his pianistic journey late, at the age of 14, after quitting the violin. Had luck to be discovered by an openminded piano teacher who introduced the world of arts to him. One could describe him as a gifted hardworking outsider who loves challenges: he conquered Liszt’s repertory right away and after two years of playing the piano already performed Transcendental Etudes on stage. His breakthrough though came in 2010 in partnership with another composer – Chopin. || Pianist. Conductor. Composer. A fulfilled musician who puts arts and education on the pedestal. Co-founder of two educational platforms Appassio and Appassimo.