Möller, Frederike

Born in 1983, she is a German pianist and musicologist, specialising in contemporary music, including modern classics and performance art. She studied piano, musicology, philosophy, and international art management in Düsseldorf, Cologne, Munich and Warsaw. She completed her piano studies with Georg Friedrich Schenck and Barbara Szczepańska in 2009, graduating with distinction. She has also attended masterclasses of Marino Formenti, Pavel Gililov, Nicolas Hodges, Siegfried Mauser, and Ian Pace. She then became a lecturer at the Robert Schumann High School of Music in Düsseldorf. In 2017, she completed her PhD at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Munich with a thesis on the motifs of insanity in Wolfgang Rihm’s opera works. She has given numerous first performances of works dedicated to her: solo works as well as concertos for piano and orchestra, and is frequently recorded by broadcasting corporations. She has appeared in concert in Belgium, Austria, Italy, Poland, Russia, South Korea, Japan, Kyrgyzstan, and Kuwait. Since 2011 she has been a member of notabu.ensemble neue musik, performing both as a soloist and a chamber musician at the Tonhalle Düsseldorf. She has given lectures in musicology notably at Tokyo’s Geidai University and Salzburg Mozarteum. A renowned Schumann interpreter, she is a frequent guest at the Schumann houses in Leipzig, Bonn, and Zwickau as well as at the Schumann festivals in Düsseldorf and Bonn. In addition, she has performed Schumann’s complete sketches at lecture–concerts in cooperation with the new Schumann edition of his complete works. 

Frederike Möllers love of the toy piano inspires her own compositions. In October 2018, she will be hosting the International Toy Piano Festival in Düsseldorf, gathering interpreters as well as poets and visual artists. 

Recently, she has been awarded the Förderpreis Musik of Düsseldorf for her extraordinary dedication to contemporary music and her charismatic, radiant presence on stage, which enables her to take her audience on an extraordinary emotional and captivating journey.