„His absolute presence onstage and his clean, attentive sound of his interpretations set new quality standards.”
Philipp Scheucher was born in Graz (Austria) in 1993. At the age of five his musical studies began at first at a local music school and soon his extraordinary musical talent lead him to Maria Zgubic at the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz. Since 2008 he is there student of Markus Schirmer, with whom he performed already as a twelve-year-old at the “Wiener Musikverein”. In June 2015 he was awarded his bachelor diploma with unanimous distinction.
After his first success at youth piano competitions – for example he won the Austrian competition “Prima La Musica” five times – several other prizes followed: He is multiple award winner of the international Munich piano competition “Münchner Klavierpodium”. In May 2010 he achieved to be absolute winner of the international competition “Zlatko Grgošević” in Zagreb/Croatia and in addition, he won the first prize at the international piano competition “Ricard Viñes” in Lleida/Spain in the same year.
The Austrian young rising pianist currently performs both at home and abroad in concert halls amongst Europe’s most important, such as the “Golden Hall” in the “Wiener Musikverein”, the “Gewandhaus zu Leipzig”, the “Herkules-Saal” in Munich or the “Konzerthaus Berlin”. His concerts lead him to cultural centres all around the continent – to Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Denmark, Poland, Croatia, Hungary and the Czech Republic. Equally important are his performances with a number of relevant orchestras and conductors, for example the “Graz Philharmonic Orchestra” with Dirk Kaftan, the “Great Orchestra of Graz – recreation” with Michael Hofstetter, the “K&K Philharmonic Orchestra”, the Aarhus Symphony Orchestra or the Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra.
During the last years he won three first prizes at prestigious international piano competitions: in Cologne (Germany) in September 2014, where he performed Beethoven’s second piano concerto with the WDR (German Broadcast)-Orchestra, the first prize at the “Aarhus (Denmark) International Piano Competition” together with several special prizes in March 2015 and the first prize at the international piano competition “Vila de Xàbia/Spain” in June 2015. His latest achievements are the second prize in the “13th UNISA International Piano Competition” in Pretoria/South Africa and not less than six prizes at the “Pianale Academy” in Germany in summer 2017. Already at the beginning of this year he had his U.S. debut recital and was selected as one of 30 pianists to participate in the “Van Cliburn International Piano Competition”.