Biography

Philipp Jonathan Rhein (1998* in Munich, Germany) is a German-Afghan composer and pianist. Since 2008, he has won more than ten first prizes in the national competition "Jugend Musiziert" at regional, national and federal level. In 2014 he was awarded a 1st prize by the Tamino Foundation Munich for his composition "Allegro e grazioso" (or "Fantasie Op. 3"). He won the International Karel Kunc Competition Bad Dürkheim twice in 2016 and 2018 and also received a special prize from VR Bank. In 2017 he was awarded a 3rd prize as the highest placed European participant from the International Piano Festival "Clavis Bavaria". In 2018 Philipp Rhein won a special prize for his compositional work by the Gesellschaft zur Verwertung von Leistungsschutzrechten (GVL). At the 19th International Piano Competition Klavierpodium in Munich he received four prizes, the Dobritko-Prize for Creative Daring, the International Arts Podium-Prize Kazan, the Chance Festival-Prize and the Gourari Academy-Prize.

In 2014 Rhein made his debut with the Münchner Jugendorchester under the baton of Amando Merino. In the same year his piano trio for piano, violin and cello was premiered. This event was followed by numerous master classes with recognized professors in Europe. In 2017 he was awarded a scholarship from the Altenburger Musikakademie Austria to perform the D-major Concerto by Joseph Haydn in Vienna with the Vienna International Orchestra. In February 2019 he completed the work for his first Concerto for Piano and Orchestra Op. 10 in E minor.

 

Rhein is particularly committed to rarely performed works. His spectrum ranges from Schütz, Bernier and Alkan to Webern, Zimmermann and Krenek. In 2018 his first CD with original compositions was released. The renowned Pianist Club Munich premiered some of his works.

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