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Stefan Vladar

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Born: 1965; Vienna, Austria  
Stefan Vladar is a prominent Austrian pianist. Well before he reached the age of 30, he was the winner of a major competition, had appeared with many famous conductors and orchestras in Europe and America, and had made several important recordings. But like many successful pianists from the latter-twentieth century, he wanted to branch out into other areas: he first served as director of various musical events and then became a conductor. While Read more his choices in repertory have favored the German School -- especially as a conductor -- he has played various piano works by Dvorák, Bartók, Prokofiev, Stravinsky, and Gershwin. As a pianist Vladar has regularly performed as a recitalist, soloist, and chamber player and has recorded for major labels, including Sony, Naxos, Harmonia Mundi, Camerata, and Koch Classics.

Stefan Vladar was born in Vienna in 1962. He began piano lessons at the age of six and thereafter advanced quickly. In 1973 he enrolled at the Vienna Music Academy, where his most important teachers were Renate Kramer-Preisenhammer and Hans Petermandl.

In 1985 he became the youngest pianist ever to win first prize at the International Beethoven Competition in Vienna. Not surprisingly, his career had a meteoric ascent, as Vladar soon made appearances with the leading Viennese and European orchestras under the likes of Abbado, Ozawa, Marriner, Chailly, and others.

Soon Vladar's musical interests would extend into other areas: in 1988 he was appointed artistic director of the Neuberger Kulturtage (an annual festival/seminar event) in Styria, Austria, and in 1999 he became artistic director of a similar annual event held in Kremsmünster, known as the Upper Austrian Stiftskonzerte.

By the early '90s, Vladar had made a number of highly praised recordings, including the 1991 Brahms Piano Sonata No. 1 and Four Ballades for Sony. He had also launched a cycle of the Beethoven piano concertos by then for Naxos.

In 2002 Vladar accepted the appointment as chief conductor of the newly formed Grosses Orchester Graz, a post he held through 2006. During his tenure there he also led other major European orchestras, including the Stuttgart Philharmonic and the Vienna Chamber Orchestra. In recent years Vladar joined the faculty at Vienna's University of Music and Performing Arts as professor of piano. Among his later recordings is the 2006 CD of Schumann's Carnaval, Papillons, and Faschingsschwank on Harmonia Mundi. Read less
Schumann: Papillons; Carnaval; Faschingsschwank Aus Wien / Stefan Vladar
Release Date: 03/12/2013   Label: Harmonia Mundi  
Catalog: 1951890   Number of Discs: 1
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Beethoven: Piano Concertos Nos 3 & 4 / Vladar, Wordsworth
Release Date: 02/05/1993   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8550122   Number of Discs: 1
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Beethoven: Piano Concerto No 1, Rondo / Vladar, Wordsworth
Release Date: 02/15/1994   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8550190   Number of Discs: 1
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Beethoven: Piano Concertos Nos 4 And 5 / Vladar, Wordsworth
Release Date: 01/23/1996   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8553266   Number of Discs: 1
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Chopin: Preludes Op 28, Ballades / Stefan Vladar
Release Date: 04/13/2004   Label: Harmonia Mundi  
Catalog: 905260   Number of Discs: 1
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    Mozart - 1781-91, The Decade of Masterpieces
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 2908409 Release Date: 01/14/2014   Number of Discs: 8
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Bernarda Fink,  Graciela Oddone,  Marcel Boone,  Werner Güra  ... 
    Conductor:  René Jacobs,  Philippe Herreweghe,  Gottfried Von der Goltz,  Andrew Manze
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Cologne,  Cologne Chamber Choir,  La Chapelle Royale Paris  ... 
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    The Complete Beethoven: Symphonies; Concertos; Overtures [12-CD Set]
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8501204 Release Date: 04/30/2013   Number of Discs: 12
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Stefan Vladar,  Claire Rutter,  Matilde Wallevik,  Marta Fontanals-Simmons  ... 
    Conductor:  Béla Drahos,  Barry Wordsworth,  Stephen Gunzenhauser,  Kenneth Jean
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    Schumann: Papillons; Carnaval; Faschingsschwank Aus Wien / Stefan Vladar
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 1951890 Release Date: 03/12/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Robert Schumann
    Performer:  Stefan Vladar
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    Mahler: Lieder / Skovhus, Vladar
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 90807 Release Date: 01/08/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Performer:  Boje Skovhus,  Stefan Vladar
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    Franz Schubert: Klaviersonaten, D. 959 & 960
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 90808 Release Date: 10/09/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Stefan Vladar
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    Great Piano Concertos
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8501056 Release Date: 04/24/2012   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Johannes Brahms,  Franz Liszt  ... 
    Performer:  Jénö Jandó,  Stefan Vladar,  Idil Biret,  Eldar Nebolsin  ... 
    Conductor:  András Ligeti,  Mátyás Antal,  Barry Wordsworth,  Antoni Wit  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concentus Hungaricus,  Capella Istropolitana,  Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    My First Beethoven Album
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8578206 Release Date: 11/15/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Jénö Jandó,  Takako Nishizaki,  Stefan Vladar,  Gyorgy Eder  ... 
    Conductor:  Béla Drahos,  Ondrej Lenárd,  Barry Wordsworth,  Kenneth Jean  ... 
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    The Rough Guide To Classical Composers: Beethoven (With Bonus Cd: Beethoven's Mass In C Major)
    Label: Music Rough Guides   Catalog: 331242 Release Date: 11/01/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  John Lill,  Edith Lienbacher,  Herwig Pecoraro,  Inga Nielson  ... 
    Conductor:  Jos van Immerseel,  Roger Norrington,  Michael Halász,  Barry Wordsworth  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gaudier Ensemble
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    Lumieres - Music Of The Enlightenment [30-CD Set]
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 2908601 Release Date: 10/01/2011   Number of Discs: 30
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Christoph W. Gluck,  Jean-Philippe Rameau,  George Frideric Handel  ... 
    Performer:  Kobie van Rensburg,  Véronique Gens,  Patrizia Ciofi,  Marie McLaughlin  ... 
    Conductor:  René Jacobs,  William Christie,  Daniel Reuss,  Philippe Herreweghe  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Cologne,  Cologne Collegium Vocale,  Berlin RIAS Chamber Chorus  ... 
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    Bach: Goldberg Variations / Stefan Vladar
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 90771 Release Date: 11/09/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Stefan Vladar
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    Schumann: Works For Cello & Piano / Clemens Hagen, Stefan Vladar
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 90780 Release Date: 10/12/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Robert Schumann
    Performer:  Clemens Hagen,  Stefan Vladar
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    Classical Chill: The Romantic Collection, Vol. 2
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8578009-10 Release Date: 08/31/2010   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn,  Antonín Dvorák,  Ottorino Respighi,  Gioachino Rossini  ... 
    Performer:  Ernst Ottensamer,  Benjamin Frith,  Ilya Kaler,  János Bálint  ... 
    Conductor:  Anthony Bramall,  Jaroslav Krcek,  Enrique Bátiz,  Johannes Wildner  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capella Istropolitana,  Budapest Rossini Ensemble
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    Prokofiev: Piano Sonatas Nos. 6 & 7; Scriabin: Piano Sonata No. 2
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 90769 Release Date: 08/10/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Prokofiev,  Alexander Scriabin
    Performer:  Stefan Vladar
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    Joseph Haydn: Sonaten No. 38, 60, 62; Andante Con Variazioni
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 90770 Release Date: 07/13/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn
    Performer:  Stefan Vladar
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    Mozart: Piano Sonatas / Stefan Vladar
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 46700 Release Date: 05/08/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Stefan Vladar
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    Adagio - The Ultimate Collection
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8570015-16 Release Date: 02/24/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Franz Schmidt,  Georg Philipp Telemann,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ... 
    Performer:  Takako Nishizaki,  Niklas Eklund,  Hana Mullerova-jouzova,  Jirí Válek  ... 
    Conductor:  Kenneth Jean,  Michael Halász,  Nils-Erik Sparf,  Stephen Gunzenhauser  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra,  Budapest Symphony Orchestra,  Drottningholm Baroque Ensemble  ... 
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    Essential Mozart
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 2057278 Release Date: 11/18/2008   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Hanno Müller-Brachmann,  Katharina Kammerloher,  Daniela Bruera,  Werner Güra  ... 
    Conductor:  Daniel Barenboim,  Bertrand De Billy,  Hartmut Haenchen,  Manfred Honeck
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin State Opera Orchestra,  Vienna Boys' Choir,  Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    Adagios - Albinoni, Bach, Beethoven
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 4695495 Release Date: 08/18/2008   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Tomaso Albinoni,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Alison Bury,  Monica Huggett,  Jos Konings,  Paul Dombrecht  ... 
    Conductor:  Claudio Scimone,  Jean-François Paillard,  Ton Koopman,  Michel Corboz  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Solisti Veneti,  Paillard Chamber Orchestra,  Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra  ... 
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  • 19.
    Beethoven: Diabelli Variations / Stefan Vladar
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 48060 Release Date: 06/12/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Stefan Vladar
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  • 20.
    Schubert, Czerny, Kuhlau: Introduction & Variations / Schulz
    Label: Camerata Records   Catalog: 15053 Release Date: 09/07/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Carl Czerny,  Friedrich Kuhlau
    Performer:  Stefan Vladar,  Wolfgang Schulz
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  • 21.
    Sergei Prokofiev: Pedro Y El Lobo, Sinfonia Clasica, Etc
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 429397 Release Date: 04/18/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Prokofiev
    Performer:  José Carreras,  Stefan Vladar
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Orchestra of Europe
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  • 22.
    Kraus, Mozart, Hummel: Orchestral Music / Bolton, Et Al
    Label: Oehms   Catalog: 581 Release Date: 03/27/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Johann Nepomuk Hummel,  Joseph Martin Kraus
    Performer:  Stefan Vladar
    Conductor:  Ivor Bolton
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra
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    Mozart: Piano Concertos No 21 & 24, Etc / Vladar, Et Al
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 901942 Release Date: 02/13/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Stefan Vladar
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Camerata Salzburg
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  • 24.
    Harmonia Mundi - The 2007 Calendar
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 2908219 Release Date: 10/10/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Benjamin Britten,  Robert Schumann,  Antonín Dvorák,  Hugo Wolf  ... 
    Performer:  Andrew Lawrence-King,  Johanna Rose,  Jacqueline Horner,  Susan Hellauer  ... 
    Conductor:  Philippe Herreweghe,  Josep Pons,  René Jacobs,  Paul Hillier
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Anonymous 4,  Collegium Vocale,  Granada City Orchestra  ... 
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    Schumann: Carnaval, Papillons, Etc / Stefan Vladar
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 901890 Release Date: 08/08/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Robert Schumann
    Performer:  Stefan Vladar
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