Irwin Gage


Born: September 4, 1939; Cleveland, OH  
Based in Germany, the American pianist Irwin Gage has become one of the best-known piano accompanists for German and other lieder singers.

His father was Hungarian and his mother Russian. At the University of Michigan and Yale University, he studied piano, musicology, and literature. He found himself developing a particular interest in art song, which led him to continue his studies in Vienna, where he attended the Akademie für Musik.
Read more There his teachers were Hilde Lang-Rulh and Erik Werba. He also had private consultations with Otto Erich Deutsch and Helene Berg. To strengthen his knowledge of French vocal literature he studied in Paris with Pierre Bernac, the great singer and associate of composer Francis Poulenc.

He made a debut in Vienna in 1973 as soloist with the Vienna Philharmonic conducted by Claudio Abbado and occasionally does play solo performances. However, he has found the highest demand for his skills as an accompanist. Among the internationally famous vocal artists who have requested him for their recitals are Arleen Auger, Francisco Araiza, Peter Schreier, René Kollo, Lucia Popp, François Le Roux, Jessye Norman, Gundula Janowitz, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Cheryl Studer, Cornelia Kallisch, Tom Krause, and Julie Kaufmann.

Gage also has a strong interest in continuing the great tradition of lieder recitals, and, therefore, pays close attention to emerging younger singers. It is considered a sign of promise when Gage consents to appear with them in full recitals. Among these younger singers have been Roman Trekel, Matthias Goerne, Dietrich Hanschel, Christine Schäfer, Christiane Oelze, Monika Bacelli, Michael Schade, Dagmar Peckova, and Kurt Streit. He is a co-founder and regular participant in the "Freunde des Liedes" series, which, five times a year, presents several young singers. In addition to the German-language lieder repertory (from Beethoven to Hindemith and beyond), he has presented extensive concert series devoted to French and English songs by such composers as Chausson, Poulenc, Vaughan Williams, and recordings of songs by Purcell, Ravel, Dvorák, Debussy, Milhaud, and Sibelius.

He has won several major recording prizes, including the Grand Prix du Disque, the Deutschen Schallplattenpreis, the Edison Prize, and the Gramophone Prize. In 1979 he began teaching classes in lieder interpretation at the University of Zürich. He also conducts master classes in Europe, Japan, and the U.S.

In the recording studio, he has made noted recordings with Elly Ameling, Lucia Popp, Chistine Schäfer, Elisabeth Speiser, Cheryl Studer, Jessye Norman, Christa Ludwig, Tom Krause, René Kollo, Julie Kaufmann, Brigitte Fassbaender, and Gundula Janowitz. On the Arcanta label he has produced two albums of Songs without Voice (Lieder ohne Stimme), featuring Brahms and Schubert songs played as piano solos. Read less
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    The Gundula Janowitz Edition
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 4797348 Release Date: 07/14/2017   Number of Discs: 14
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Georg Philipp Telemann,  George Frideric Handel,  Johann Sebastian Bach  ... 
    Performer:  Gundula Janowitz,  Hedwig Bilgram,  Elmar Schloter,  Marga Höffgen  ... 
    Conductor:  Willfried Boettcher,  John Pritchard,  Karl Richter,  Herbert von Karajan  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Symphony Orchestra,  Hamburg Telemann-Gesellschaft Orchestra,  Munich Bach Orchestra  ... 
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    Sibelius: Complete Songs / Krause, Soderstrom
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002376202 Release Date: 09/18/2015   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Jean Sibelius
    Performer:  Tom Krause,  Carlos Bonell,  Irwin Gage,  Elisabeth Söderström  ... 
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    Darius Milhaud - Une Vie Heureuse [10-CD Set]
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 634844 Release Date: 04/22/2014   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Darius Milhaud
    Performer:  Michel Béroff,  Jean-Philippe Collard,  Noel Lee,  Christian Ivaldi  ... 
    Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein,  Georges Prętre,  Georges Tzipine,  Darius Milhaud  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  ORTF National Orchestra,  Monte Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra,  Orchestre de la Société du Conservatoire Paris  ... 
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    Teldec - 50-CD Collection
    Label: Teldec   Catalog: 643851 Release Date: 11/19/2013   Number of Discs: 50
    Composer:  Béla Bartók,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Antonín Dvorák,  Franz Joseph Haydn  ... 
    Performer:  András Schiff,  Josef Protschka,  Barbara Bonney,  Edita Gruberova  ... 
    Conductor:  Iván Fischer,  Nikolaus Harnoncourt,  Carlo Rizzi,  Reinbert De Leeuw  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Budapest Festival Orchestra,  Chamber Orchestra of Europe,  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra  ... 
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    Poulenc: Complete Works [20-CD Set]
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 972165 Release Date: 11/06/2012   Number of Discs: 20
    Composer:  Francis Poulenc
    Performer:  Gabriel Tacchino,  Jacques Février,  Emmanuel Strosser,  Xavier Phillips  ... 
    Conductor:  François Boulanger,  Georges Prętre,  John Alldis,  Harry Christophers  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Garde Républicaine Soloists Ensemble,  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Ambrosian Chorus  ... 
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    Schubert: Lieder on Record 1898-2012
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 27575 Release Date: 07/03/2012   Number of Discs: 17
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Peter Schreier,  Steven Zehr,  Thomas Hampson,  Wolfgang Sawallisch  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
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    Icon - Elly Ameling: 
the Dutch Nightingale
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 6790732 Release Date: 03/13/2012   Number of Discs: 8
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Franz Schubert,  Gustav Mahler,  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Theo Altmeyer,  Dame Janet Baker,  Marius Rintzler,  Elly Ameling  ... 
    Conductor:  Carlo Maria Giulini,  André Previn
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra,  New Philharmonia Chorus,  Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
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    Celibidache  Vol  3 - French & Russian Music / Munich Philharmonic
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 85606 Release Date: 11/29/2011   Number of Discs: 11
    Composer:  Claude Debussy,  Darius Milhaud
    Performer:  Peter Sadlo,  János Starker,  Eric Le Sage,  Emmanuel Pahud  ... 
    Conductor:  Sergiu Celibidache,  Leonard Bernstein,  Walter Susskind,  John Alldis  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Schubert, Strauss, Schonberg: Lieder / Lucia Popp, Irwin Gage
    Label: Orfeo D'or   Catalog: 789101 Release Date: 08/31/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Strauss,  Arnold Schoenberg,  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Lucia Popp,  Irwin Gage
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    Mahler: The Complete Works
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 08985 Release Date: 06/29/2010   Number of Discs: 16
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Performer:  Thomas Hampson,  Wolfram Rieger,  Christa Ludwig,  Fritz Wunderlich  ... 
    Conductor:  Simon Rattle,  Sir John Barbirolli,  Otto Klemperer,  Klaus Tennstedt  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  New Philharmonia Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra  ... 
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    Schumann Gold
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001423002 Release Date: 05/25/2010   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Robert Schumann
    Performer:  Nelson Freire,  Malcolm Martineau,  Bryn Terfel,  Paul Gulda  ... 
    Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner,  Sir Neville Marriner,  Herbert von Karajan,  Leonard Bernstein  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique,  Hagen String Quartet,  Cleveland Orchestra  ... 
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    Schumann: Frauenliebe und Leben, Liederkreis / Fassbaender
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 415519 Release Date: 02/25/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Robert Schumann
    Performer:  Irwin Gage,  Brigitte Fassbaender
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    Icon: Lucia Popp - Queen of the Night, Maiden of Light
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 98515 Release Date: 10/20/2009   Number of Discs: 7
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Gioachino Rossini,  Richard Wagner  ... 
    Performer:  Lucia Popp,  Leslie Pearson,  Katia Labčque,  David Briggs  ... 
    Conductor:  Georg Fischer,  Sir Neville Marriner,  Christfried Bickenbach,  Stephen Cleobury  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra,  Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Munich Radio Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    Schubert: Die Schöne Müllerin / Francisco Araiza, Irwin Gage
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 415347 Release Date: 10/22/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Francisco Araiza,  Irwin Gage
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    Liszt, Strauss: Lieder / Brigitte Fassbaender, Irwin Gage
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 419238 Release Date: 05/07/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Strauss,  Franz Liszt
    Performer:  Irwin Gage,  Brigitte Fassbaender
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    Mahler: Symphony No 4;  Schubert: An Die Musik, Etc / Previn
    Label: Emi Classics Studio Plus   Catalog: 65179 Release Date: 11/13/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler,  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Elly Ameling,  Jörg Demus,  George Pieterson,  Irwin Gage
    Conductor:  André Previn
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
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    Cheryl Studer In Salzburg - Schubert, Debussy, Strauss
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 437784 Release Date: 10/30/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Claude Debussy,  Richard Strauss
    Performer:  Irwin Gage,  Cheryl Studer
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    Schubert: Lieder / Cheryl Studer, Irwin Gage
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 431773 Release Date: 06/04/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Cheryl Studer,  Irwin Gage
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  • 19.
    Lied Album - Mussorgsky, Rachmaninov, Kilpinen / Martti Talvela
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 430070 Release Date: 04/13/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Yrjö Kilpinen,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Modest Mussorgsky
    Performer:  Martti Talvela,  Irwin Gage,  Ralf Gothóni
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    Mozart: Lieder - Salzburg 1958-1984 / Schreier, Gruberova, Seefried, Donath, Et Al
    Label: Orfeo D'or   Catalog: 709062 Release Date: 11/28/2006   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Jörg Demus,  Peter Schreier,  Klaus Donath,  Helen Donath  ... 
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  • 21.
    Holnd Fstvl - A Dutch Miracle - Fifty Years - 1947-1997
    Label: Globe   Catalog: 6900 Release Date: 05/09/2006   Number of Discs: 7
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Rudolf Escher,  Richard Strauss,  Manuel de Falla  ... 
    Performer:  Renato Capecchi,  Teresa Berganza,  Giulietta Simionato,  Elisabeth Schwarzkopf  ... 
    Conductor:  Carlo Maria Giulini,  George Szell,  Jean Fournet,  Kiril Kondrashin  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hague Residentie Orchestra,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Chorus,  Danzi Woodwind Quintet  ... 
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  • 22.
    Wolf: Italienisches Liederbuch, Goethe-lieder, Etc
    Label: Globe   Catalog: 6029 Release Date: 05/09/2006   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Hugo Wolf
    Performer:  Tom Krause,  Irwin Gage,  Elly Ameling,  Rudolf Jansen
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  • 23.
    Lieder Recital - Schubert, Mozart, Hüttenbrenner / Rubens, Gage
    Label: Swr Music   Catalog: 93076 Release Date: 08/01/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Anselm Hüttenbrenner
    Performer:  Sibylla Rubens,  Irwin Gage
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    Schubert, Hüttenbrenner / Gundula Janowitz, Irwin Gage
    Label: Orfeo D'or   Catalog: 592021 Release Date: 03/25/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anselm Hüttenbrenner,  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Irwin Gage,  Gundula Janowitz
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    Schubert: Lieder / Christine Schafer, Irwin Gage
    Label: Orfeo   Catalog: 450971 Release Date: 09/16/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Irwin Gage,  Christine Schäfer
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