Markus Pawlik has been characterized as one of those rare pianists who combine sensitivity and expressiveness together with a technique that evinces phenomenal virtuosity. Born in Bremen in 1966, he began to concertize at the age of seven and he won both the German National Young Musician’s Competition and the Hamburg Steinway Competition three times each. His development as an artist was informed by the German tradition through his studies with Karl-Heinz Kaemmerling in Hannover and by the Russian school through his studies with Naum Grubert in Amsterdam.
Sent as the German representative to the first European Broadcast Union’s televised “Eurovision Young Musician” competition in 1982, Pawlik won the grand prize, which garnered enormous acclaim and began his international career. He has since pursued his career as a leading pianist throughout Europe, North America and Asia.
As well as performing the classical and romantic piano repertoire, Pawlik enjoys exploring contemporary music. In 2003, he performed the world première of a concerto written especially for him by Japanese composer Ichiro Nodaira: this performance occurred in Berkeley conducted by Kent Nagano. In 2006, Pawlik played the Japanese première of this concerto at Suntory Hall in Tokyo. Other performances include works of both the twentieth and twenty-first centuries such as Berg’s Kammerkonzert, as well as scores by Britten, Takemitsu, Dimov, Knell, and numerous others.
Pawlik has been featured on numerous broadcasts over radio and television including the farewell gala of former German president Carl Carstens. His recordings include the piano concerto by Moritz Moszkowski with the Polish National Radio Orchestra and two compact discs of solo pieces by Max Reger and Ernst von Dohnányi.
Markus Pawlik resides in Los Angeles and Berlin with his American wife and their son.