Patrick Lechner

Austrian Pianist Patrick Lechner studied in Salzburg, Munich and Vienna. Among his teachers were Karl-Heinz Kämmerling, Thomas Böckheler and Awadagin Pratt. He holds a Doctoral degree from Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, where he received a full scholarship. He worked extensively with Zoltan Kocsis, Mikhail Voskressensky, Emanuel Ax, Michel Béroff, Philippe Entremont, Richard Goode and Peter Feuchtwanger, and participated in the selective International Piano Academy of Sergei Babayan in Cleveland and the Beethoven-masterclass of the Wilhelm-Kempff-Stiftung in Positano with John O' Conor.

He is a prize winner in several international competitions, the Joseph-Dichler Competition in Vienna/Austria, the Chopin International Piano Competition in Hartford/USA, the Münchner Klavierpodium in Munich/Germany, the Concerto Competition in Cincinnati/USA. In addition, he won the Bösendorfer Scholarship of the Austrian Music Universities and the "Great Steinway Prize" in Munich.

Patrick Lechner frequently concertizes throughout Europe, the USA, Korea and China. He collaborated with prominent musicians, such as the conductors Martin Wettges, Maxim Heller, Aik Khai Pung, the violinists Kai Gleusteen, Ekatherina Frolova (Vienna Philharmonic), Korbinian Altenberger (concertmaster of the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra), the Cellist Vladan Koci and the Tenor Erkan Aki.

Worldwide performance venues include Alte Kongresshalle Munich, Laeisz Hall Hamburg, Nikolaisaal Potsdam, Passionskirche Berlin, Steinway-Haus Munich, Great City Hall Innsbruck, Gasteig Philharmonie Munich, St.Martin-in-the-Fields London, Great Hall Mozarteum Salzburg, Große LMU-Aula München, Austrian National Library Vienna, Ehrbar Hall Vienna, Corbett Auditorium Cincinnati, Citizen Hall Daegu, Suseong ArtPia Daegu, Kumho Art Hall Seoul, Wuhan Qintai Concert Hall, Guotai Art Center Chongqing, Beijing Forbidden City Concert Hall, etc. He also appeared at major Music festivals like the Gilmore International Keyboard Festival, Pianopalooza Cincinnati, Münchner Klavier-Festival and others. His performances were broadcast by major Radio and TV stations (ORF Austria, Hunan TV China).

Lechner is a sought-after pedagogue and was appointed professor at the Tyrolean State Conservatory, the Yeungnam University in South Korea, Hunan First Normal University and Chengdu University in China. His students won several top awards at the competitions “Jugend musiziert” and “Prima la musica” in Austria and Germany, and continue their studies at prestigious institutes such as the Juilliard School in New York and the University Mozarteum Salzburg.

Patrick Lechner regularly holds master classes in Europe and Asia, among them at the music festival „Allegro Vivo“ and the international "Vienna Piano Academy". He is in high demand as a jury member in competitions worldwide, often for the major German competition „Jugend musiziert“, for the Melbourne International Youth Competition, the Brahms International Piano Competition, the preliminaries for the “Rome International Piano Competition”.

Besides a full concert and teaching schedule Patrick Lechner currently serves as president of EPTA China (European Piano Teachers Association, China branch) and artistic director of the annual Chengdu International Music Week.