Markus Becker fotografiert von Kevin Gruetzner

For him, interpretation and invention belong together: In Markus Becker's entertaining recitals, spontaneous prelude, guided association and meticulously composed music are combined with a delight in witty quotation. Since early childhood, the pianist from Hanover has always cultivated jazz improvisation in addition to traditional repertoire. In 2019, the album "Freistil" gathered poetic concentrates of immediately catchy beauty. As casual as they were stylistically confident in their tone, they eluded all the clichés of piano jazz. "Re: Beethoven" is the name of Becker's current program, in which highlights such as the "Appassionata" but also the late bagatelles and selected songs will play a role. On top of that, notated music can be heard in Heidelberg: perhaps Joseph Haydn and Robert Schumann – but of course Max Reger, who was born 150 years ago and whose piano works Becker knows better than anyone else...

The concert is part of the focus point "Transcultural and Intercultural Programme".

Concert with intermission
Duration approx. 2 hours

Markus Becker


Joesph Haydn
Sonate e-Moll Hob. XVI:34

Robert Schumann
Humoreske op. 20 (Auszüge)

Max Reger
Sonatine D-Dur op. 89,2

Ludwig van Beethoven
Sonate f-Moll op. 57 „Appassionata“ (Taschenversion)

and further pieces, improvisation and arrangements