Florian Uhlig is "one of the most individual and imaginative young pianists of our time" (Musical Opinion). He is renowned for his creative resourcefulness and his wide-ranging repertoire from Bach to contemporary composers, which he combines in inventive and original programmes. Constantly searching to explore the possibilities of musical expression, Uhlig is also dedicated to composition, improvisation, musicological research and projects with literature.
Born in Düsseldorf, Florian Uhlig gave his first solo recital at the age of twelve. He studied with Peter Feuchtwanger and continued his studies at the Royal College of Music and at the Royal Academy of Music in London. The pianist has won numerous international prizes, including the European Cultural Prize, conferred by the Fondation Européenne de la Culture, the Stephen Arlen Memorial Award, bestowed by the English National Opera, and the Queen Elizabeth Rose Bowl. The Munich Tageszeitung awarded him, three times consecutively, the critics’ prize for outstanding contributions to the arts.
Florian Uhlig made his orchestral debut at the Barbican in London in 1997. Since then he has performed extensively in major venues in Amsterdam, Beijing, Berlin, Brussels, Cape Town, Caracas, Cologne, Dresden, Hong Kong, Istanbul, Johannesburg, London, Luxembourg, Munich, New York, Paris, Prague, Reykjavik, Salzburg, Seoul, Venice, Vienna and Washington. Festival invitations include Beethovenfest Bonn, Hong Kong Arts Festival, Ludwigsburger Schlossfestspiele, MDR-Musiksommer, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festival, Menuhin Festival Gstaad, France Musiques Paris, Schleswig-Holstein, Schwetzinger Festspiele and Festwochen Vienna.
Florian Uhlig has appeared with orchestras such as the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Beijing Symphony Orchestra, Deutsche Radio Philharmonie, Dresden Philharmonic, Munich Symphony, Stuttgart Philharmonic, Bayrischer Rundfunk Chamber Orchestra, Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra and Vienna Chamber Orchestra.
Engagements also included performances of Krzysztof Penderecki's Piano Concerto with the Iceland Symphony Orchestra and the Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela under the baton of the composer.
In addition to his work as a soloist, Florian Uhlig is a much sought-after chamber musician and lied pianist. He was the last partner of the legendary baritone Hermann Prey and has collaborated with Mirijam Contzen, Alban Gerhardt, Dietrich Henschel, Alina Ibragimova, Hyeyoon Park, Josef Protschka, Julian Steckel and Sir Willard White, the Consortium Classicum, the Philharmonia Quartet Berlin, the Nomos and Minguet Quartets, as well as with actors Helmut Berger, Cornelia Froboess and Gudrun Landgrebe.
Florian Uhlig has recorded for EMI and Hänssler Classic (complete works for piano and orchestra by Dmitri Shostakovich and Robert Schumann; currently complete works for piano solo by Robert Schumann and Maurice Ravel). He has given masterclasses and lectures at the Royal College of Music, London, the Kwangju Art University, South Korea, the Conservatoire de Neuchâtel, Switzerland, and the Universities of Aberdeen, Bath, Cape Town, Hong Kong and Johannesburg. He has recently been appointed Professor of Piano at the Musikhochschule in Dresden.