Philipp Richardsen was born in Vienna, Austria, and received his first piano lesson at the age of five. A prizewinner at the Austrian National Music Competition, he earned his Bachelor and Master of Music degrees at Vienna University of Music and Performing Arts, where he studied with Michael Krist. He received his doctorate from the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he studied with Paul Berkowitz and graduated summa cum laude, thus becoming the first Austrian pianist to be awarded a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in piano performance. Refining his skills during postgraduate studies with Elisso Virsaladze (Moscow/Rome/Munich), he has received coachings from world-renowned pianists, including Richard Goode (New York), Murray Perahia (London), Pascal Devoyon (Paris/Berlin), or André Watts. Non-musical academic honors include an undergraduate certificate from Vienna University, School of Law, and a Professional Graduate Certificate in nonprofit management from Harvard University.
Dr. Richardsen has been a recipient of a full scholarship, several awards, and the Dean's Fellowship at his alma mater. A list of international competition successes includes prizes at the Los Angeles International Liszt Competition, the Palma d'Oro Competition (Italy), and the Concours Grieg (Norway), where he won the Granados Special Award. His victory at the United States Open Music Competition in San Francisco was preceded by a first prize at an international piano contest in New York, which led to an acclaimed 2005 debut performance at Carnegie Hall, hailed by the critics as "a scintillating blend of poetry and passion." His life and career have also been featured on television, where his appearance on Soundscape Series was broadcast all across the United States.
In March 2008, Philipp Richardsen was appointed professor of piano at Mokwon University, Daejeon, Korea; additionally, he has been lecturing music history at Kookmin University and chamber music at Yonsei University, both in Seoul. Performance venues in Korea include Seoul Arts Center, Sejong Center for the Performing Arts, Kumho Art Hall, Lotte Concert Hall, Youngsan Art Hall, Incheon Culture & Arts Center, Daejeon Arts Center, Bulguksa Temple, and many others. He has appeared on major national television and radio broadcasts (Arirang TV, Power Classics, Classic Odyssey, Masterpiece Scandal, Arirang Radio) and has been featured in an extensive profile interview in The Korea Times. His essay on the Korean music industry, "Beyond Gangnam Style," was published in the Koreana quarterly magazine and has received critical acclaim. Upon invitation by the Samsung Group, he has been a guest lecturer and coach at the company's Global Forum and Future CEO programs since 2011.
On the international stage, Philipp Richardsen has met audiences around the world: solo recitals have led him to New York Carnegie Hall, the Sydney Opera House, the Esplanade in Singapore, Vienna Musikverein, Vienna Konzerthaus, Munich Gasteig, the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg, or the Harpa (Reykjavík, Iceland). In February 2014, he released his debut album called "Chopin 234." (To purchase the album on Amazon, please click here.) Since January 2015, he has been hosting his own weekly radio show about classical music: The Classical Collection airs every Saturday and Sunday on TBS eFM, is broadcast in Korea, and offers a livestream available for download internationally.
For more information or a personal encounter with the artist, you are invited to visit Philipp Richardsen on the Web at www.lapiano.com.