© Lynn Theisen
Sensational and sensitive. Unconventional and emotional. Exciting and sentimental. Bright and worth listening to. Courageous and magical. Admirable and down-to-earth. Blunt and surprising.
Elected "ECHO Rising Star" for the 2015/2016 season, Luxembourg pianist Cathy Krier has enjoyed great success in the most prestigious concert halls in Europe. Her programmes, combining classical and modern periods and featuring works by Rameau, Schubert, Ravel and Berg, as well as a piece specially written for her by the German composer Wolfgang Rihm, were highly praised.
Cathy's passion for music always drives her to go beyond conventions. She loves to work on special projects and pushes her boundaries to go beyond herself and arouse her curiosity and that of her audience. This includes well-thaught solo programmes as well as collaborations with choreographers such as Elisabeth Schilling (Hear Eyes Move with the piano etudes of György Ligeti), musical journeys for younger audiences (Clara! - A compositional journey with music by Clara Schumann and Catherine Kontz, directed by Tobias Ribitzki), music theatre (Funeral Blues - the missing cabaret, directed by Olivier Fredj), projects with her chamber music partners Laurence Koch (violin) and Nils Kohler (clarinet) and an annual cycle for Yoga at the Phil at the Philharmonie Luxembourg.
Cathy Krier has given successful concerts at the Bozar in Brussels, the Barbican Centre in London, the Philharmonie 2 in Paris, the Sage Gateshead, the Philharmonie Luxembourg, the Laeiszhalle in Hamburg, the Konzerthaus Dortmund, the Palau de la musica in Barcelona, at the Calouste Gulbenkian Fondation in Lisbon, at the Palace of Arts (Müpa) in Budapest, Konserthus Stockholm, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Cologne Philharmonie, Casa da musica in Porto, Musikverein Vienna, Town Hall in Birmingham, Festspielhaus Baden-Baden as well as at the Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. Radio and television appearances - most recently on Daniel Hope's musical journey EUROPE@HOME on arte - frame Cathy's busy artistic schedule.
Her CDs - Rameau. Ligeti, Piano - 20th Century and Masques - all released on the Cavi-Music label, have received excellent reviews from the press. A new CD of György Ligeti's piano etudes was released in August 2021.
Born in Luxembourg, Cathy Krier began her piano studies at the Luxembourg Conservatory at the age of five. At the age of 14, she was admitted to Pavel Gililov's virtuosity class at the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln. She received further musical impulses from Dominique Merlet, Robert Levin, Homero Francesch and Andrea Lucchesini, with whom she continued her studies at the Scuola di Musica di Fiesole. At the age of 15, she recorded Ludwig van Beethoven's Piano Concerto N° 4 with the Latvian Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra under the baton of Carlo Jans.
For the opening of the Philharmonie Luxembourg in 2005, Cathy Krier played four hands together with the pianist Cyprien Katsaris. In 2007, she was also involved in the opening of "Luxembourg and Greater Region - European Capital of Culture".
Since 2018, Cathy Krier has held a professorship in piano at the Conservatory of the City of Luxembourg, where she also lives with her family.