Sydney Inspires Stuttgart Soloist

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10 April 2008 



Laurens Patzlaff, co-founder of the renowned European piano duo ImproVision, didn’t need his arm

twisted to participate in a current concert tour to Sydney by the University of Stuttgart Academic


The child prodigy pianist admits to falling for the Emerald City in 2004 when he visited Australia for a solo

tour; and again in 2007 when he “jumped at” the opportunity to coach student ensembles in the finer

points of Beethoven’s chamber music during a stint at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.

Tomorrow night (11 April), Patzlaff, who teaches improvisation at Stuttgart, will be one of the star

performers of the Conservatorium’s “Conductors’ Series,” featuring the Conservatorium Chamber

Orchestra and the Stuttgart Orchestra.

The joint concert in The Con’s Verbrugghen Hall will bring together Maestro Imre Pallo, Professor and

Chair of the Conducting and Opera Productions of the Conservatorium, and Veronika Stoertzenbach,

conductor since 1988 of the Stuttgart Academy Choir and Orchestra and Director of Music at the

University of Stuttgart.

Patzlaff, 27, who started playing piano at eight and was winning competitions while still at school, has built

an international reputation for his classical repertoire, but is also regarded as an improviser in jazz.

He will play solo the George Gershwin Concerto in F.

Other highlights of the concert include:

The Conservatorium Chamber Orchestra’s playing of the Richard Mills Sequenzas Concertante;

Carl Maria von Weber’s Concerto in F Major Opus 75, featuring soloist Professor Kim Walker on

bassoon; and 

The University of Stuttgart Academic Orchestra playing the Der Freischutz Overture.  

Media inquiries Scott Saunders 02 9351 1298 or Graham Cassidy, Cato Counsel, 0419 202317

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