Michael van Krücker
Whether Grieg, Mendelssohn or Chopin - the musical conversation radiated a zest that nobody could resist."
Numerous successes in international music competitions as well as important scholarships have
supported his concert activities and have taken him through many countries in Europe, to Asia,
South America and the United States in recent years.
Numerous guest performances at major festivals (Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, Heidelberger Frühling (Germany), Festival de la Roque d'Anthéron (France), Pomeriggi Musicali (Italy), Julius Röntgen Festival Den Haag (Netherlands)) as well as his performances with famous orchestras (Gürzenich Orchestra/Cologne Philharmonic, the Cologne Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra) have helped him to achieve an international reputation.
His concerts and recordings as a soloist and chamber musician as part of the Cologne Piano Duo all meet with enthusiastic receptions from audience and press alike.
The artists were also honoured in the "American Record Guide" by one of the world's greatest authorities on piano music, Harold C. Schonberg, who praised
"their excellently interpreted program" and "the great enthusiasm with which they played".
Critics unanimously praise his "faultless jeu perlé" (Berliner Morgenpost), his "extremely refined performance" (Rotterdams Dagblatt) and his "poetic music, rich in nuances" (Basler Zeitung) when he played solo.
A very important part of his artistic activities is also performing music on period instruments.
For the label NCA he has recorded several CDs on French pianofortes of the romantic era that have been considered by the critics with the highest praise.
"International Records" wrote about his Moscheles recording: "This is a wonderful CD."
He appeared at the "Festliche Tage Alter Musik Knechtsteden", the "Friedenauer Kammerkonzerte", the "Kulturfeste im Land Brandenburg" and played together with Chorus Musicus Köln, the Rheinische Kantorei, Rene Berman (viola da gamba) and the singers Barbara Schlick, Christiane Oelze and Klaus Mertens on period instruments.
Michael van Krücker also has a preference for the connection of words/texts and music.
Together with actors like Christoph Bantzer, Hans-Jürgen Schatz, Peter Matic, Peter Fricke and Chris Pichler he shows his special affinity for it in readings and recordings, he even recorded a CD with Will Quadflieg.
He has been member of a jury in national and international music competitions, gives master classes in Germany and abroad as well as lectures.
In addition, he frequently participates in radio and television broadcasts and has recorded numerous CDs for RCA Red Seal, Sony/BMG, Koch Schwann, Berlin Classics, NCA and NM Classics. Among them are many world premiere recordings.
Michael van Krücker has recorded piano music of Alexander Dreyschock (1818-1869), Friedrich Kalkbrenner (1785-1849) and, for the first time recorded on CD, the complete works of Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900) which he presented to a wider audience in the University of Oxford on the occasion of the 17th International Conference of the Friedrich Nietzsche Society. During the 2013 Bayreuth Festival Michael van Krücker performed a Nietzsche recitation evening.
He has primarily focused on making the forgotten repertoire of the classical and romantic eras accessible again to a wider audience.
Another field of activity is the editing of piano works. For the publishers Friedrich Hofmeister (Leipzig), he has edited a number of musical works by W.A. Mozart (1756-1791), F. Nietzsche (1844-1900), Jan Brandts-Buys (1868-1933) and Julius Röntgen (1855-1932).
His own piano composition "Memories" has been issued by the same publishers.
Michael van Krücker received his first piano lessons from Prof. Ferdinand Bruckmann. After that, he studied music at the conservatories of Düsseldorf and Rotterdam.
He received further valuable artistic impulses and suggestions, among other renowned pianists, from Bruno Canino (chamber music), Irina Zaritskaya and Daniel Wayenberg, a student of Marguerite Long.