Ingolf Wunder achieved worldwide recognition at the 2010 International Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw, winning Second Prize and several special awards including Best Prize for Concerto, Best Prize for Polonaise Fantasy and the audience award.
Born on 8 September 1985 in Klagenfurt (Austria), Ingolf Wunder had his first music lessons at the age of four, on the violin. He had reached a high level of proficiency when, around 14 years of age his talent for the piano was discovered by a teacher who urged him to dedicate himself to the keyboard instrument. Ingolf Wunder gave up violin after ten years of playing, left Klagenfurt Music Conservatory and began intensive piano studies at the Linz Music University under prof. Horst Matthaeus, the same who had advised Wunder to change the intrument. Half a year later Ingolf Wunder participated in his first youth piano competition (VII Concorso Internazionale di Musica, in Cortemillia, Italy) winning 1st Prize. In the next few months he won 1st Prizes at the XVI European Music Competition in Torino (Italy), 63. Steinway Piano Competition in Hamburg (Germany) and a few more.
About one year after he had devoted himself to the piano, he made his successful debut at the Schubertsaal of the Vienna Konzerthaus, playing Liszt’s Mephisto Waltz and one of Debussy’s Preludes in a renowned youth cycle. In 2001 he was awarded the Liszt Prize at the 36. International Franz Liszt Competition in Budapest (Hungary). In 2003 he performed Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 3 at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in Paris with the Orchestre National under Emanuel Krivine. He continued his piano studies at the Music University in Vienna. In 2008, after a brief period of doubts and thoughts of giving up the piano, he started a collaboration with Adam Harasiewicz, a Polish pianist and the winner of the 1955 International Chopin Piano Competition. A year later Wunder decided to participate in a piano competition for the very last time.
Since his success in the 2010 Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw, Ingolf Wunder has been touring and enriching his musical world on many levels. In January 2011 he signed an exclusive recording contract with Deutsche Grammophon. To widen his horizon he decided to undertake additionally conducting studies, which he continued externally until the end of 2012 between his piano performances. He remains in a contact with his mentor, Adam Harasiewicz and other authorities of the piano scene for artistic advise.
He has been performing in Europe, Asia and America, including Musikverein Vienna, Konzerthaus Berlin, Stuttgart Liederhalle, Hamburg Laiszhalle, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Wigmore Hall and Cadogan Hall in London, Sala Verdi in Milan, Teatro Manzoni in Bologna, Tonhalle Zurich, Auditorium Lyon, Théâtre du Palais Royal in Paris, Warsaw Philhamonic, Cracow Philharmonic, Rudolfinum in Prague, Mariinsky Theater in St. Petersburg, Suntory Hall in Tokyo, Teatro Municipal in Santiago di Chile, National Concert Hall in Taipei etc.
He has performed with Vienna Symphonics, London Chamber Orchestra, Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra, Warsaw Philharmonics, NHK Symphony Orchestra, Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra New Russia and many others.
Privately he is an admirer of Romanticism and Impressionism in fine art as well as wine culture and cuisine.