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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  • 1.
    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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    Icon - Brigitte Fassbaender [8-CD Set]
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 829682 Release Date: 02/05/2013   Number of Discs: 8
    Composer:  Robert Schumann,  Franz Schubert,  Hugo Wolf,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky  ... 
    Performer:  Brigitte Fassbaender,  Karl Engel,  Erik Werba,  Wolfgang Sawallisch  ... 
    Conductor:  Wolfgang Baumgart,  Lawrence Foster,  Jeffrey Tate,  Wolfgang Eber
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capella Bavariae,  Bavarian State Opera Chorus,  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 4.
    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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  • 5.
    The Other Wagner
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 705514 Release Date: 11/06/2012   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Jessye Norman,  Irwin Gage,  Thomas Hampson,  Geoffrey Parsons  ... 
    Conductor:  Otto Klemperer,  Michel Plasson,  Wolfgang Sawallisch,  Marek Janowski  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra,  Dresden Philharmonic Chorus Men  ... 
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  • 6.
    Christine Schafer Sings Melodies: Chausson, Debussy
    Label: Eloquence   Catalog: 4805769 Release Date: 09/04/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ernest Chausson,  Claude Debussy
    Performer:  Christine Schäfer,  Irwin Gage,  Stella Doufexis
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    The Very Best Of Jessye Norman
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 21725 Release Date: 07/17/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Richard Wagner,  Franz Schubert,  Johannes Brahms,  Jacques Offenbach  ... 
    Performer:  Jessye Norman,  Irwin Gage,  Anne Murray,  Dale Duesing  ... 
    Conductor:  Klaus Tennstedt,  Sylvain Cambreling,  Riccardo Muti,  Michel Plasson
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    Schubert: Lieder On Record (1898-2012) [17-CD Set]
    Label: Emi 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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    Brahms: Lieder / Brigitte Fassbaender, Irwin Gage
    Label: Acanta/Pilz   Catalog: 233493 Release Date: 05/29/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Brigitte Fassbaender,  Irwin Gage,  Thomas Riebl
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    Icon - Elly Ameling: 
the Dutch Nightingale
    Label: Emi 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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  • 11.
    Essential Schubert
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 78158 Release Date: 02/07/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Anneliese Rothenberger,  Gerald Moore,  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau,  Laszlo Varga  ... 
    Conductor:  Riccardo Muti,  Yehudi Menuhin,  Gerhard Schmidt-Gaden,  Robert Heger  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Melos Ensemble London,  Chilingirian String Quartet
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  • 12.
    Celibidache  Vol  3 - French & Russian Music / Munich Philharmonic
    Label: Emi 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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  • 13.
    Best Schubert 100
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 80429 Release Date: 11/01/2011   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Elmar Schloter,  Sir Philip Ledger,  Alfredo Dallapozza,  Lucia Popp  ... 
    Conductor:  Riccardo Muti,  Sir Thomas Beecham,  Herbert von Karajan,  Yehudi Menuhin  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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    Milhaud: La Creation Du Monde; Le Boeuf Sur Le Toit; Saudades Do Brasil; Suite Francaise
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 94688 Release Date: 07/12/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Darius Milhaud
    Performer:  Peter Sadlo,  János Starker,  Emmanuel Pahud,  Eric Le Sage  ... 
    Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein,  Sergiu Celibidache,  Walter Susskind,  John Alldis  ... 
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    Liszt - The Collection [34-CD Limited Edition]
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001571102 Release Date: 06/28/2011   Number of Discs: 34
    Composer:  Franz Liszt,  Richard Strauss
    Performer:  Krystian Zimerman,  Shura Cherkassky,  Jorge Bolet,  John Ogdon  ... 
    Conductor:  Seiji Ozawa,  Herbert von Karajan,  Iván Fischer,  Giuseppe Sinopoli  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  London Symphony 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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  • 17.
    Mahler: The Complete Works
    Label: Emi 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:  Vladimir Horowitz,  Radu Lupu,  Martha Argerich,  Mischa Maisky  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti,  Rafael Kubelik,  André Previn,  Leonard Bernstein  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 19.
    Schumann: Frauenliebe und Leben, Liederkreis / Fassbaender
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 415519 Release Date: 03/11/2010   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: Emi 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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  • 21.
    Schubert: Die Schöne Müllerin / Francisco Araiza, Irwin Gage
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 415347 Release Date: 10/29/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Francisco Araiza,  Irwin Gage
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  • 22.
    Edition Klavier-festival Ruhr - Portraits Vol 3
    Label: Cavi Music   Catalog: 8553088 Release Date: 10/14/2008   Number of Discs: 9
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Franz Schubert,  Maurice Ravel,  Claude Debussy  ... 
    Performer:  Francesco Piemontesi,  Gwilym Simcock,  Mirjana Rajic,  Irwin Gage
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  • 23.
    Liszt, Strauss: Lieder / Brigitte Fassbaender, Irwin Gage
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 419238 Release Date: 05/15/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Strauss,  Franz Liszt
    Performer:  Irwin Gage,  Brigitte Fassbaender
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    Cheryl Studer In Salzburg - Schubert, Debussy, Strauss
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 437784 Release Date: 11/13/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Claude Debussy,  Richard Strauss
    Performer:  Irwin Gage,  Cheryl Studer
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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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