Photographer:Andrea | Frank Gutschmidt speaking to the audience here in CRIPA. Photographer:Andrea | Frank Gutschmidt playing live here at CRIPA on Friday evening. Photographer:Andrea | Frank Gutschmidt being honored for his lively performance here in CRIPA. Photographer:Andrea | Frank Gutschmidt bows after his performance as a guesture of thankfulness.

Goldberg Variations from J.S. Bach by the German pianist Frank Gutschmidt

The concert in CRIPA was houseful on Friday evening, it was an experience of a life time as the entire hall was echoing with applause. It was Frank Gutschmidt for the evening playing the Piano for a jam-packed crowd and says that this is a gift to Auroville’s 50th birthday.

Born in the German state of Brandenburg, at the age of eight, Frank took his first piano lessons at the local conservatory. From 1983-89 he learned piano at Hanns Eisler music school and later studied at the Hanns Eisler music college with Annerose Schmidt and Alan Marks. Since 1997, Frank worked as a free pianist in the city of Berlin and is regularly performing with the Kammerensemble Neue Musik Berlin. In the Stockhausen Courses Kürten 2001 he was awarded with a prize for the best interpretation by Stockhausen.

During an interview with Frank Gutschmidt, he talks more about his style of playing; He says, I love it when its still and quiet, the audience should not distract or disturb the event; composers have a sequence and they play the songs one after the other without giving a gap and adds that playing the piano is like ‘Gently Dancing on the Keys.’

Interacting with him on playing the piano with cross hands, “he says that it is very important for a pianist to use his hands and comparatively to playing a keyboard, piano has a unique style and it has gives you a lot of space to play and use your hands.”

Asking him about the experience about playing in CRIPA in contrast to the other events he has been performing, “he says that it was an amazing experience here, it was a still and quiet audience, I usually don’t expect such quiet and patient crowd, they have been seldom, he adds.”

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