„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 led 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 2018 he was awarded his master’s 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, Romania and the Czech Republic. Soon after, his international debuts followed in the U.S., Japan, South Africa. Equally important are his performances with a number of relevant orchestras and conductors, for example the “Graz Philharmonic Orchestra” under the baton of 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 renowned international piano competitions: in Cologne (Germany), the first prize at the “Aarhus (Denmark) International Piano Competition” together with several special prizes and the first prize at the international piano competition “Vila de Xàbia/Spain”. 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. He was selected as one of the 30 participants out of more than 300 pianists to perform in the prestigious “Van Cliburn International Piano Competition” and in 2018 he was among the top ten emerging young pianists to perform in the Honens International piano competition in Calgary/Canada. Most recently he was awarded with the honorary prize by the Austrian government among the 50 best Master alumni and the first prize at the “Karlrobert Kreiten” piano competition at the University of Cologne.