Martin Tchiba
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Pianist Martin Tchiba was born in 1982 in Budapest and has been living in Germany since 1985. In his early years his artistic prowess quickly attracted attention. His ability to combine "complete dedication, passion and keen intelligence" (Rhein-Neckar-Zeitung, Heidelberg) on a high artistic level in his playing prepared the way towards a successful international concert career.


He has performed at a great number of international venues and festivals (including Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Tokyo Opera City Recital Hall, Budapest Autumn Festival, Spoleto Festival and many others). He has played the world premieres of numerous new compositions (including works by Moritz Eggert, Johannes Kreidler, György Kurtág, Sarah Nemtsov, Alwynne Pritchard, László Sáry, Kunsu Shim and Gerhard Stäbler). Recently, his social-media piano concerts "WIReless" at Tonhalle Düsseldorf and "Netzwellen" at Saarländischer Rundfunk have attracted attention. His individual "programme compositions" in which he combines contemporary music with the classical and romantic repertoire have gained much recognition, too. His CD recordings were positively reviewed in the international press. Tchiba has made numerous live and studio recordings and broadcasts for radio and television (including WDR Cologne, SWR, SR, Bayerischer Rundfunk, Deutschlandradio Kultur, the Hungarian and Dutch broadcasting services and many others). The Dutch Television made recordings at the "Bimhuis" in Amsterdam. "RBB Kulturradio" (Berlin) and "SR 2 KulturRadio" aired detailed portraits of the artist.


His CDs, released for the Naxos, Telos, Hungaroton, Challenge Classics and Spektral labels, received many positive reviews in international music magazines (BBC Music Magazine, Gramophone, Diapason, Le Monde de la Musique, Fono Forum, Rondo, Ritmo, Musik & Theater Zürich, Het Parool Amsterdam, Die Zeit, Neue Musikzeitung, Neue Zeitschrift für Musik, American Record Guide and others). His recording of the "Fantasie" Op. 116 No. 4 by Johannes Brahms got listened to more than 15 million times on Spotify. In 2019 his new CD with the complete piano music of the composer Johannes Kreidler was released (in cooperation with SWR Baden-Baden).


Following several years of piano studies with Karl-Heinz Kämmerling in Hannover and outstanding successes in competitions for young musicians, Martin Tchiba studied at the Musikhochschule in Saarbrücken with Thomas Duis and at the Musikakademie in Basel with Jean-Jacques Dünki. Tchiba was given various scholarships and awards, including scholarships from the Friedrich Ebert Foundation and from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), the "Kulturförderpreis" of the Federal State Capital Saarbrücken as well as promotions from the Kunststiftung NRW. The International Holland Music Sessions promoted him as an "International Young Top Talent". In 2018 he was awarded the "Förderpreis für Musik" of the Federal State Capital Düsseldorf.


Martin Tchiba studied composition with Michael Denhoff in Bonn. His compositions have been performed by renowned ensembles, for instance at the International Gaudeamus Music Week in Amsterdam and at the "aDevantgarde" Festival in Munich. He was the artistic leader of a project launched by "Bipolar - German-Hungarian Culture Projects" and the German National Cultural Foundation on the subject of innovative music instruction.