Christoph Declara | © Elsa Okazaki


Christoph Declara


Senior Lecturer for pianoDepartment Keyboard StudiesPre-College
Christoph Declara is passionately committed to the classical piano literature. Historically informed playing and faithfulness to the works characterize his teaching - at the same time it is important to him to open up his students' own access to music. He is also an enthusiastic choral and ensemble musician: this broadens his view and shapes the vocal sound and fine sense of style in his piano work.
Christoph Declara made his debut at the age of 14 with Beethoven's Fifth Piano Concerto. Since then he has worked as a soloist and chamber musician as well as a juror and lecturer for master classes in Germany and abroad. He received his training at the Mozarteum University with Christoph Lieske and Pavel Gililov, and he worked as his assistant from 2010 to 2017 at the Mozarteum University and temporarily at the Cologne University of Music and Dance. Since his habilitation in 2016 he has been running a piano class in Salzburg. His CD releases include works by Johannes Brahms, Sofia Gubaidulina and Roland Leistner-Mayer. Declara, as the dedicatee, premiered his cycle "Seven Brave Piano Pieces". In addition to playing the piano, he was also trained to play the violin from the age of eight.  
2005 Piano Competition of the Hildegard Maschmann Foundation (Salzburg): 1st Prize 2006 Concurs Maria Canals (Barcelona): Medal 2009 International Johannes Brahms Competition (Pörtschach): 2nd Prize 2010 Culture Promotion Prize of the District of Rosenheim 2010 Master of Arts, graduation with distinction
2010 CD release "Debut" 2013 CD release "Damals" (first recording of the "Sieben braven Klavierstücke" by Roland Leistner-Mayer)