Prof. Ralf Waldner
Ralf Waldner has been appointed professor of harpsichord at the Hochschule für Musik in Würzburg for the winter semester 2018/19.
Born in Ellwangen an der Jagst, he studied harpsichord and historical performance practice in Leipzig, Nuremberg and Hanover, with Zvi Meniker (historical keyboard instruments), Oscar Milani (harpsichord and fortepiano), Peter Thalheimer (performance practice) and Bernward Lohr (basso continuo) among his teachers. In 2006 he completed his studies at the Hochschule für Musik Nuremberg with the soloist exam. Since then Ralf Waldner has pursued an international concert career on all historical keyboard instruments such as harpsichord, clavichord and fortepiano.
His extensive repertoire ranges from early keyboard music to the works of Bach and Scarlatti, as well as music of the French clavecinists, to premieres of contemporary harpsichord works composed especially for him. In addition, he has a special interest in the clavichord and its diverse literature.
As a sought-after soloist, accompanist and chamber music partner, Ralf Waldner regularly performs with renowned ensembles and orchestras such as Musica Alta Ripa, L'Arpa Festante, Arte Mandoline, Ars Musica Zürich and the Nuremberg Symphony Orchestra.
He has made radio recordings for WDR, SWR and BR; CD productions have appeared on the labels Deutsche Harmonia Mundi, TYXart and MDG, among others.
In addition to his professorship in Würzburg, Ralf Waldner is a lecturer at the Nuremberg Academy of Music and teaches regularly at international master classes.