Since his prize at the International Beethoven Piano Competition in Vienna 1985, the Hamburg-born German pianist Stephan Möller has made a reputation worldwide as a pioneering Beethoven interpreter. His repertoire includes all five piano concertos and 32 piano sonatas by this composer, which he has often performed in complete cycles. His concert activities have taken him to many countries in Europe, North and South America, to Japan, Korea and China. For Beethoven’s 250th anniversary in 2020, he is planning on a worldwide tour “Beethoven 32×32”, with Beethoven’s 32 sonatas to be played in 32 different cities!
In addition to the general repertoire, he focuses on Viennese classical music (especially Beethoven) and transcriptions by Franz Liszt of Wagner operas and Beethoven symphonies. His CD recordings include rarities such as Beethoven’s “Grosse Fuge”, played four-hands with himself on a computer-assisted Bösendorfer grand piano and the complete piano works of Richard Wagner.
Stephan Möller received his degrees as a pianist and orchestra conductor at the Mozarteum University in Salzburg, Austria. 1983-1989 he was musical assistant to Herbert von Karajan and many other world-famous conductors at the Salzburg Festival. Since 1990, Stephan Möller holds a teaching position at the University for Music and Performing Arts in Vienna, Austria. He is frequently invited to hold master classes and lectures at home and abroad, and to adjudicate at international piano competitions. His main concern in musicianship is the elaboration of the “stylistic fingerprint” of each composer.
Since 1998 Stephan Möller is president of the association “Vienna International Pianists” and director of their annual festival “VIP Academy”. In 2009, he founded the “Rosario Marciano International Piano Competition” in Vienna.