Florian Birsak

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Florian Birsak plays the harpsichord, fortepiano and the clavichord. His repertoire stretches from Elisabethan England's virginal music to Schumann's piano chamber music, with occasional excursions into the harpsichord literature of the 20th century. He has performed in solo concerts, recitals and chamber music in many European countries and in the USA. He was born in 1972 and started playing the harpsichord when he was seven. He gathered valuable artistic experience with musicians such as E. Kirkby, E.v. Magnus, J. Kobow, A. Lubimov, L. Brunmayer or M. Stadler. He was awarded prizes at the international competition for fortepiano in Bruges (Flanders Festival, 1995) and at the (Mozart Competition) in Salzburg (Austria, 1999). He received the August Everding Preis following the Competition for music promotion of the Munich Concert Society.
He is a popular continuoplayer and performs frequently with various baroque ensembles and chamber orchestras. In this capacity, he was a member of Bell' Arte Salzburg for many years and played with ensembles, such as the Camerata Salzburg, the Chamber Orchestra of Europe or the Concentus Musicus Wien (Vienna) under N. Harnoncourt, R. Norrington, Fr. Welser-Möst, S. Kuijken or G. Antonini.
His constant studies of primary sources as well as contemporary publications in relationship to musical practice serve as an essential source of inspiration to him. He is a keen student of contemporary sound aesthetics; he furthermore constantly questions his own musical style and its realisation. He works as a harpsichordist and a teacher of the figured bass andhistorical performance practice at the Salzburg Mozarteum as well as at the Vienna Conservatoire.
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