Prof. Christian A. Pohl
Christian A. Pohl completed his piano studies at the Hochschule für Musik Freiburg with Felix Gottlieb, a student of Alexander Goldenweiser and Emil Gilels. During his youth he was taught by Markus Stange, a student of Jürgen Uhde, and attended master classes with Vitaly Margulis and Seymour Bernstein.
He performs both as a soloist and in chamber music. His chamber music partners have included Felix Gottlieb, Christoph Henkel and Daishin Kashimoto, as well as members of the Staatskapelle Dresden and the Vienna Philharmonic.
Christian A. Pohl taught at the conservatories in Freiburg and Stuttgart before being appointed professor of piano and piano methodology at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater "Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy" Leipzig in 2009 at the age of 34. Until then, his publications on piano methodology were published by Schott/Mainz, Breitkopf & Härtel/Wiesbaden and HudsonRiverPress/New York. As a juror, he regularly participates in national and international music competitions, including the Dvorak, Schumann and Bach competitions. He has been director of the International Mendelssohn Academy Leipzig since 2012 and president of the International Piano Academy Murrhardt since 2021.
Concerts, master classes and seminars take him not only to numerous German cities but also to Spain, France, the Czech Republic, Egypt, China, Japan and Switzerland. In recent years, he has accepted invitations to Munich, Stuttgart, Karlsruhe, Frankfurt, Hanover, Zwickau, Chemnitz, Bern, Vienna, Madrid, Bilbao, Zaragoza, Jerusalem, Tokyo, Osaka, Beijing, Shanghai and Wuhan, among others, to such renowned institutions as the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna, the Mozarteum Salzburg, the Jerusalem Music Academy or the Central Conservatory Beijing.
His students regularly win prizes at national and international piano competitions, most recently the silver medal at the International Piano Competition in Epinal and the gold medal at the International Piano Competition Istanbul. He is a commissioner for the instrumentarium, was a member of the admissions committee and the senate, and headed the piano/conducting department at the Leipzig University of Music and Theatre for six years. In 2014 he was nominated for the Saxon Teaching Award, and since 2017 he has been an author at the publishing house Edition Peters.
In spring 2022, after 20 years of development, his 400-page book "Klaviermethodik" (Edition Peters) was published. Since January 2023, the Digital Piano Methodology has been online, an advanced training programme in piano methodology developed by Christian A. Pohl that is unique worldwide.