Oliver Rau - Violinist
Oliver Rau - Violinist

Oliver Rau, a versatile artist known for his intense soulful sound and his human communicative way of playing, made his first appearance as a soloist with orchestra at the age of 14 performing the violin concerto of Wenzel Pichl. He appeared with various orchestras since then. In 2017, he performed as a soloist with world-renowned conductor and former assistant of Leonard Bernstein Uri Segal, accompanied by the Brunensis Virtuosi Orchestra. A highlight of the year 2016 has been his debut with Danube Symphony Orchestra, one of the leading Hungarian symphony orchestras, performing the violin concerto by Johannes Brahms under the baton of its principal conductor András Deák. The orchestra invited him again for the season 2019 to play the Tschaikowsky violin concerto. In November 2017 he performed the Beethoven Violin Concerto in the big hall of the legendary Laeiszhalle with the Hamburg Orchestra Collective under Frank Zenk. He performed the Mendelssohn concerto with Hamburg Camerata. In the last seasons, he worked several times with the YoungStringsForum-Orchestra, conducted by Tomasz Lukasiewicz. In September and December 2016, he performed the Mendelssohn concerto 20 times accompanied by the Canea String Quartet. 


Oliver performes both at home and abroad in prestigious concert halls such as Laieszhalle Hamburg, Salle de Notari in Perugia, Vienna hall und Solitär Mozarteum, Großes Festspielhaus Salzburg, Konzertkirche Neubrandenburg or Danube Palace in Budapest and many more.

 

OIiver Rau has won several national and international prizes in various competitions such as the International Postacchini Competition, the SINFONIMA-Foundation, the International Mendelssohn Festival Competition and the National German Youth Competition ”Jugend  Musiziert“, including a 1st prize at national level for violin solo in 2013, a 1st prize at national level for violin duo in 2011, the audience award at the laureate concert (broadcasted on north german radio) and also a 1st prize for piano accompaniment. Some of his latest successes have been winning 1st prize at the International Danube Concerto Violin Competition 2016 and 2nd Prize at the International Competition Rovere D´Oro 2017 among others.

Oliver performs at numerous international renowned festivals. In 2016, he was accepted as one of very few participants for the world-renowned International Musicians Seminar Prussia Cove in Cornwall/England (President Sir Simon Rattle) where he worked with Gerhard Schulz (formerly Alban-Berg-Quartet). Oliver participated in the Danube International Concerto Masterclass in Budapest where he worked with Nadja Nevolowitsch (former assistant of Igor Oistrach). Moreover, he got an invitation to the international Moritzburg-Festival, where he performed with renowned musicians such as the violinist Mira Wang and others at the connected workshop “Meisterschüler-Meister". Furthermore he appeared at International Music Fest Perugia, and he took part in the International Mendelssohn Summer School Festival repeatedly.


Oliver´s teachers include Zakhar Bron, Vadim Repin, Donald Weilerstein, Pierre Amoyal and Silvia Marcovici.

In addition to his solo activity, Oliver is an active chamber musician and he played and performed in various ensembles. Currently he founded a piano quartet and a piano quintet. He recieved artistic devices in chamber music from Rainer Schmidt, William Coleman, Jan Vogler among others. He is also conversant with Baroque playing.


Oliver performed with internationally renowned artists such as Vilde Frang, Benjamin Schmid, Mira Wang, Antti Siirala, Christoph Schickedanz, Roland Glassl, John Chen, Yorck Felix Speer Niklas Schmidt, Markus Nyikos (Gililov-Quartet) and members of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra.
H
is playing has been broadcasted several times on German radio (NDR Kultur). Moreover he appeared several times in German television. In 2016 he was an acto´s double playing the violin at the Thriller „Das Programm“ which appears regularly on ARD.

 

As an orchestral player Oliver gained experience as the Concert Master of the Youth Symphony Orchestra of Hamburg, performing in the main concert halls in Hamburg, including playing for the Federal President of Germany, Joachim Gauck. Furthermore, he played with the symphony orchestra of the University of Music and Drama Hamburg and of the Mozarteum Salzburg under Bruno Weil, in leading positions as well. At the IOIA 2019 in Attergau he performed together with several members of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra.
As a sought-after concertmaster in north germany he performs regularly with the Johann Adoph Hasse Chamber Orchestra and the Ensemble Hansebögen among others.

 

A particular emphasis for Oliver are the six Sonatas and Partitas by Johann Sebastian Bach, which he already performed entirely at the age of 24. A continous pursuit with these works at various levels and in search of a mix of logical thoughts, sensitivity and joy of playing shapes his interpretation.  

 

In 2011 and 2013, Oliver was recipient of the scholarship from the Marie-Luise Imbusch foundation, Lübeck. After winning the instrumental competiton of the SINFONIMA-Foundation he had the chance to play on a violin made by famous french violin maker Nicolas Lupot, Paris 1815, a loan for a few years. For his outstanding achievements he was honored several times by the district of Pinneberg, described as a "shining example" for other young people. Among others he got the "prize of the district president" in 2013. In 2018 he was awarded the district´s cultural award.


Oliver was born near Hamburg in 1994. He received his first violin lessons at the age of six and began his studies at the University of Music and Drama in Hamburg at the age of 16 as a full-scholarship student of the pre-college devision (Andreas Franke Academy) under Prof. Christoph Schickedanz. In October 2014 he continued his studies with Christoph Schickedanz at the University of Music and Drama Hamburg, pursuing a Bachelor of Music. Currently he studies at the University Mozarteum in Salzburg under Prof. Lily Francis, pursuing a Master of Arts degree.


Oliver is also a professional pianist. Besides playing the great repertoire for this instrument like for example Beethovens second piano concerto or the "Pathétique", he is a sought-after piano accompanist, performing with several instrumentalists and singers in concerts and competitions. 

 

 

 

 

                                        German Bio (short)

 

Oliver Rau gab sein Debut als Solist mit Orchester im Alter von 14 Jahren und musiziert seitdem im In- und Ausland in bedeutenden Konzerthäusern mit Klangkörpern wie dem Danube Symphony Orchestra, dem Brunensis Virtuosi Orchestra, der Hamburger Camerata und vielen anderen mit international bekannnten Dirigenten wie u.a. Uriel Segal und András Déak.
Er erhielt zahlreiche nationale und internationale Auszeichnungen, wie u.a. den 1. Preis beim International Danube Concerto Violin Competition 2016 in Budapest, mehrmals den 1. Preis beim Bundeswettbewerb „Jugend musiziert“, einen Sonderpreis beim renommierten „International Postacchini Competition“ u.v.a. Er ist regelmäßiger Teilnehmer international renommierter Festivals. Künstlerische Anregungen erhielt Oliver von Zakhar Bron, Vadim Repin und Donald Weilerstein. 

Zu seinen Musizierpartnern gehören Vilde Frang, Benjamin Schmid sowie Mitglieder der Wiener Philharmoniker.
Oliver ist mehrfacher Stipendiat der Marie-Luise-Imbusch-Stiftung sowie der SINFONIMA-Stiftung, die ihm eine Violine von Nicolas Lupot zur Verfügung stellte. 

1994 in Pinneberg geboren, erhielt er seinen ersten Geigenunterricht im Alter von sechs Jahren. Von 2010 bis 2014 war er Jungstudent an der Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hamburg, wo er als Stipendiat im Rahmen der Andreas Franke Akademie von Prof. Christoph Schickedanz unterrichtet wurde. Im Jahr 2018 erhielt er bei Prof. Christoph Schickedanz an der Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hamburg seinen Bachelor of Music. Momentan studiert Oliver an der Universität Mozarteum in Salzburg im Master of Arts bei Prof. Lily Francis. Oliver ist außerdem auch ein gefragter Pianist.

 

 

 

 

 

Events

 

Autumn 2021

PROMUSICA CARINTHIA - Villach

Recital with Seong-Hyeon Leem

 

 

Autumn 2021

19h Kursana Residenz - Prien am Chiemsee

Recital with Seong-Hyeon Leem

 

 

Summer 2021

Brescia

W. A. Mozart: Violin Concerto No. 5 A Major KV 219, Bazzini Consort Orchestra

 

 

December 2020

Mozarteum Salzburg 

Studienkonzert der Klasse Prof. Lily Francis/Prof. Meesun Hong Coleman

 

 

16.11.20

20h Mozarteum Wiener Saal Salzburg 

Studienkonzert der Klasse Prof. Lily Francis/Prof. Meesun Hong Coleman

 

 

03.10.20

19h Kursana Residenz - Prien am Chiemsee

Recital with Seong-Hyeon Leem

 

 

03.10.20

19h Kursana Residenz - Prien am Chiemsee

Recital with Seong-Hyeon Leem

 

 

27.9.20

19.30h Osterkirche - Kummerfeld

Kummerfelder Kulturfestival e.V.

Recital with Seong-Hyeon Leem

Works by Bach, Mozart and Beethoven

TICKETS: Landschlachterei Schmidt Kummerfeld (Tel. 04101 73669) 
Bücherwurm Pinneberg (Tel. 04101 23211)

 

 

27.9.20

17h Osterkirche - Kummerfeld

Kummerfelder Kulturfestival e.V.

Recital with Seong-Hyeon Leem

Works by Bach, Mozart and Beethoven

TICKETS: sold out 

 

 

26.9.20

20h Alte Druckerei Ottensen - Hamburg

Recital with Seong-Hyeon Leem

Works by Bach, Mozart, Beethoven and Vine
TICKETS: http://www.alte-druckerei-ottensen.de/events/konzert-klassik-oliver-rau-violine

 

 

26.9.20

15h Alte Druckerei Ottensen - Hamburg

Recital with Seong-Hyeon Leem

Works by Bach, Mozart, Beethoven and Vine

TICKETS: http://www.alte-druckerei-ottensen.de/events/konzert-klassik-oliver-rau-violine-seong-hyeon-leem-klavier

 

 

28.8.20

19.30h Zentrum Artos Interlaken

Klassenabend  Zakhar Bron Akademie

 

 

3.7.20

17h Mozarteum Solitär Salzburg 

Studienkonzert Kammermusik Sándor Végh Institut

 

 

18.4.20

21h Fondazione Museo Diocesano - Brescia 

with Alessandro Trebeschi

 

 

7.3.20

21h Fondazione Museo Diocesano - Brescia 

with Alessandro Trebeschi

 

 

22.2.20

19h LICHTHOF im Altbau of Staats-/Universitäts-bibliothek Hamburg

Voix de femmes: Après nous le Déluge!? 

Concertmaster of Ensemble Hansebögen, conductor: Rémi Laversanne

Works by Brahms, Elgar, Gjeilo

TICKETS: https://www.konzertkassegerdes.de/index.php?option=com_rseventspro&layout=show&id=2693:voix-de-femmes-apres-nous-le-deluge&tmpl=component

 

 

20.2.20

19:30h Drostei - Pinneberg

Recital with Seong-Hyeon Leem 

Works by Grieg, Franck, Brahms, Ravel

TICKETS: https://www.adticket.de/Duo-Abend-Violine-und-Klavier/Pinneberg-Die-Drostei/20-02-2020_19-30.html?utm_campaign=dynamic-prom-lb-a&utm_content=Stiftung+Landdrostei+%2811532%29&utm_medium=referral&utm_source=dynamic&fbclid=IwAR2ya53T83hqvoUgZn2Hy2G6-lzhEDn6QOR_2WQKm1WviEfz77rb9ZLZqX8

 

 

13.2.20

19h Drostei - Pinneberg

Klang & Kunst

J. Haydn: Piano Trio G Major Hob.XV:25 "Gipsy"

 

 

8.2.20

20h Alte Druckerei Ottensen - Hamburg

Recital with Lucia Zhang

Works by Grieg, Boulanger, A. Zarzycki, Schumann and Ravel

TICKETS: https://www.tixforgigs.com/de-DE/Event/33677/konzert-klassik-oliver-rau-und-lucia-lvjie-zhang-alte-druckerei-ottensen-hambur

 

 

1.2.20

21h Fondazione Museo Diocesano - Brescia 

Franck Violin Sonata and Zarzycki Mazurka with Alessandro Trebeschi

 

 

21.1.20

18h Mozarteum Bösendorfer Saal - Salzburg

Class Concert Johannes Dickbauer

Franck Violin Sonata, Grieg Violin Sonata and Zarzycki Mazurka with Seong-Hyeon Leem

 

 

11.1.20

16h Kursana Residenz - Prien am Chiemsee

Duo-Recital with Dainis Medjaniks

Works by Bach, Paganini, Igudesman

 

 

28.12.19

18h Church St. Barbara - Geesthacht

Christmas Concert 

Concertmaster Orchestra of HfMT Hamburg 

Works for singers, choir and orchestra 

 

 

 

4.11.19

18h Mozarteum Wiener Sall - Salzburg

Class Concert Johannes Dickbauer

 

 

26.-30.7.19

Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival - Lübeck

Masterclass Donald Weilerstein 

 

 

07.6.19

15h Danube Palace -Budapest

P. Tschaikowski: Violinkonzert D Major op. 35, Danube Symhony Orchesta

 

 

will be updated soon...

 

 

12.11.17

16h Laeiszhalle Hamburg (big hall) 

L. v. Beethoven: Violin Concerto D Major op. 61, Hamburger Orchestergemeinschaft, Conductor: Frank Zenk

 

 

29.7.17

20h Salle de Notari -Perugia

F. Mendelssohn-Bartholdy: Violin Concerto e Minor op. 64, Brunensis Virtuosi Orchestra, Conductor: Uri Segal

 

 

7.4.17

19h Ev.-Luth. Kirchengemeinde Hamburg-Langenhorn

J. Haydn: Stabat Mater Hob. XX bis 

 

 

3.3.17

18h St. Nicolaus, Alsterdorfer Markt

Bachelor Final Exam Concert Orchesterleitung of Tjark Pinne

Works by J. S. Bach and Heinrich Schütz

 

 

24.2.17

20h Polittbüro Hamburg

F. Mendelssohn-Bartholdy: Violin Concerto e Minor op. 64, accompanied by the Canea-Quartett

 

 

21.2.17

17h Pflegen und Wohnen Hamburg

A. Dvorak: Klavierquinett Nr. 2 A Major op. 81 

 

 

19.2.17

17h Pflegen und Wohnen Hamburg

A. Dvorak: Klavierquintett Nr. 2 A Major op. 81 

 

 

14.2.17

19h Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hamburg, Mendelssohn-Saal, Campus Nord

Class Concert Prof. Christoph Schickedanz

J. Sibelius: Violinkonzert d Minor op. 47

 

 

28.1.17

16h St. Johannis-Eppendorf

Concertmaster at: Magnificat - Bachelor Finale Exam Composition by Jonathan Sievers

 

 

9.12.16

20h Polittbüro Hamburg

F. Mendelssohn-Bartholdy: Violin Concerto e Minor op. 64, accompanied by the Canea-Quartett

 

 

8.12.16

20h Polittbüro Hamburg

F. Mendelssohn-Bartholdy: Violin Concerto e Minor op. 64, accompanied by the Canea-Quartett

 

 

7.12.16

20h Polittbüro Hamburg

F. Mendelssohn-Bartholdy: Violinkonzert e-Moll op. 64

 

 

3. 12.16

20h Polittbüro Hamburg

F. Mendelssohn-Bartholdy: Violin Concerto e Minor op. 64, accompanied by the Canea-Quartett

 

 

2.12.16

20h Polittbüro Hamburg   

F. Mendelssohn-Bartholdy: Violin Concerto E Minor op. 64 F. Mendelssohn-Bartholdy: Violin Concerto e Minor op. 64, accompanied by the Canea-Quartett

http://www.mopo.de/hamburg/ausgehen/musik---partys/violinist-oliver-rau-student-und-geigen-talent--24730992

http://www.polittbuero.de/2016/12/02_12.html

http://www.canea-quartett.com/