»Exceptional pianist« (WAZ) and »keyboard artist with a great future« (General-Anzeiger) – both critics and audiences are enthusiastic and agree: Fabian Müller stands at the beginning of a highly promising career.
In recent times, the young pianist could repeatedly exhibit his talent. Fabian Müller attracted much attention as the prize winner in the Frankfurt competition Ton und Erklärung announced by the cultural department of the German economy in January 2015, for the choice of the International Holland Music Sessions for his participation at the concert series New Masters on Tour, with the much-noticed education project Ein Jahr mit György Ligeti at the Klavier-Festival Ruhr, where he took musical responsibility and which was awarded with the Junge Ohren Preis 2014, or with his admittance to the Werner Richard – Dr. Carl Dörken Stiftung for the concert series Best of NRW.
His successes resulted in an auspicious concert season 2015/16 with numerous highlights such as recitals at the Klavier-Festival Ruhr, at the Heidelberger Frühling, the Winners & Masters Gasteig, at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, at the Philharmonic in Bratislava, and, not least, the production of his debut CD Out of Doors.
Fabian Müller, born in Bonn in 1990, began playing the piano at the age of four. He received his first lessons from pianist Rose Marie Zartner. Soon, his exceptional talent was recognized and confirmed with numerous first prizes at the German youth competition Jugend Musiziert, which was followed by several distinctions such as the Ibach-Preis, special prizes by the Deutschen Stiftung Musikleben and the Jürgen-Ponto-Stiftung, or the 1st prize at the Prix amadéo de piano in Aachen in 2011. The musical atmosphere of his hometown had a crucial impact on Fabian’s development as an artist. Grown up near to the death house of Schumann and Beethoven’s birthplace, he early came in contact with the great German composers. After his first concerts at these special places, Fabian was awarded with the Beethoven Bonnensis advancement award by the Bürger für Beethoven association at the age of 14 and developed a close link to this music, which quickly became the center of his repertoire. In 2016 he became Artist in Residence at the Beethoven-Akademie in Bonn.
Fabian began his studies at the Musikhochschule Köln (Cologne University of Music) with Pierre-Laurent Aimard and Tamara Stefanovich at the age of 15 and participated in the masterclasses of Menahem Pressler, Pavel Gililov, and Leon Fleisher. Especially due to the contacts of his teacher Aimard to various important composers of the last decades, Fabian was also able to create a close relation to the music of the 20th and 21st centuries. He demonstrated this in 2013, when he became a price-winner of the Ferruccio Busoni International Piano Competition in Bolzano and, furthermore, was awarded with the special prize for the best interpretation of contemporary piano music, the international prize of the press jury, and the special prize for the best interpretation of a piece by Busoni.
Fabian has already performed in concert halls such as the Philharmonie Köln, the Tonhalle Düsseldorf, the Beethovenhalle in Bonn, and in several European countries. Besides, he was a guest at prestigious festivals such as the Musikwoche Hitzacker, the Aldeburgh Festival in England, the Musikfestspielen Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, and the Schwetzinger Festspielen, and gave concerts with the Deutschen Streicher-Philharmonie, the hr-Sinfonieorchester (Frankfurt Radio Symphony), the WDR Sinfonieorchester, and the Beethoven Orchester Bonn. In 2012, Fabian toured through Germany with the Klassische Philharmonie Bonn, performing among others at the Liederhalle Stuttgart, the Glocke Bremen, and the Herkulessaal in Munich.