Austrian pianist Aaron Pilsan is among the elite of internationally acclaimed artists of a new generation, electrifying audiences and peer musicians alike with his stunning technical skills, exceptional charisma and profundity of his musical thinking. Still a teenager, he had started to cause headlines at major European venues with his ‚sparkling joy of playing’ (Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger). He is today a regular guest at major venues including Tonhalle Zürich, Carnegie Hall, Konzerthaus Vienna, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, and Wigmore Hall.
Austrian pianist Aaron Pilsan is among the elite of internationally acclaimed artists of a new generation, electrifying audiences and peer musicians alike with his stunning technical skills, exceptional charisma and great profundity of his musical thinking. Aaron began to cause headlines at major European venues with his ‚sparkling joy of playing’ (Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger). He is today a regular guest at major venues including Tonhalle Zürich, Carnegie Hall, Konzerthaus Vienna, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Bozar Brussels, Philharmonie Luxembourg, Wigmore Hall, and leading festivals, including the Menuhin Festival Gstaad, Schubertiade, Schwetzingen Festival, Bregenz Festival, Musikfest Bremen, Klavierfestival Ruhr, Mozartfest Würzburg, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festival, Beethovenfest Bonn and Kissinger Sommer festival. Named “Best Young Artist of the Year” in 2011 by influential German magazine Fono Forum, he was subsequently chosen as a “Rising Star” by the European Concert Hall Organization (ECHO) in 2014 which resulted in invitations to perform in many of Europe’s most prestigious concert halls. Aaron Pilsan has been selected by the Vienna Konzerthaus for the prestigious scheme “Great Talents” for exceptional gifted young musicians beginning from season 2019/20.
Highlights of the upcoming season are recitals at the Vienna Konzerthaus, Brucknerfest Linz, at the Festival de Bach in Montréal, Sommets Musicaux de Gstaad, and in Den Haag. He will give his debut as soloist with the Konzerthausorchester Berlin, Vienna Chamber Orchestra, and with the Argovia Philharmonic Orchestra. Furthermore, he follows re-invitations to the La Verdi Orchestra Milano. Chamber Music engagements will lead him to the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden, Schubertiade Hohenems, Konzerthaus Berlin, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Konzerthaus Dortmund, to the Beethovenhaus Bonn, and to Venice, Milano, and Torino.
An avid chamber music player, Aaron regularly performs with artists including cellist Kian Soltani, Isabelle Faust, Emmanuel Tjeknavorian, Mark Padmore, Sharon Kam, Tobias Feldmann, Maximillian Hornung, Szymanowski Quartet, and Quartetto di Cremona.
Despite being beloved for his interpretations of the classical and early Romantic repertoire, Aaron’s musical sensibilities lend themselves very well to contemporary music. He collaborates regularly with composers Jörg Widman and Thomas Larcher and performed the world premiere of Persian classical composer Reza Vali’s piece for cello and piano at Berlin’s Boulez Saal.
In 2021, his recording of Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier Book I on Alpha Classics in co-production with Deutschlandfunk has been featured as „CD of the week“ on German radio programmes such as rbb Kultur and MDR and has been praised among others by Rondo for it’s „unusual richness of sound“, by Gramophone Magazine for Aaron being a „fine communicator of Bach’s rhetoric“ and Pizzicato for his „excellent playing technique“. Aaron’s debut recording on French label Naive featuring the works of Schubert and Beethoven was highly acclaimed by the international press with Gramophone Magazine calling this recording “refreshing and rewarding” and crediting him for using “his remarkable agility to a purely musical end.” In January 2018, Deutsche Grammophon released HOME, a musical tribute to Aaron’s home region in Western Austria together with long-time duo partner and cellist Kian Soltani, featuring works of Schubert and Schumann.
Born in 1995 in Dornbirn, Austria, Aaron began to play the piano at the age of five. He studied with Karl Heinz Kämmerling at the Mozarteum Salzburg and completed his studies with Lars Vogt. He currently works with the eminent Mira Yevtich. Important mentors are András Schiff, Alfred Brendel, and Maria João Pires. Aaron has been supported by the Swiss Orpheum Foundation and is a fellow of the Mozart Gesellschaft Dortmund. He was awarded the Förderpreis Deutschlandfunk award in August 2017.