From 2008 to 2010 he undertook a worldwide cycle of all 32 Beethoven solo piano sonatas, a tour de force which brought him recognition internationally as a musician of the first order.
In 2012 Fellner took a one-year sabbatical to dedicate himself to the study of new repertoire and to deepen his knowledge of composition, literature, and film. At the personal invitation of Maestro Bernard Haitink, he briefly interrupted his time-off in the spring of 2012 to perform Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 22 in E-Flat Major, K. 482 with the Boston Symphony at Symphony Hall. Haitink had first collaborated with Fellner after choosing him to replace an ailing Maurizio Pollini as guest soloist with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in 2010 for performances in Amsterdam and Brussels.
He resumed his concert life in January 2013 with solo programmes focusing on the repertoire of four composers: Bach, Haydn, Mozart, and Schumann. In spring 2013 Fellner returned to North America to perform solo recitals at Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Hall in New York and in San Francisco. He appeared as guest soloist with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Kent Nagano. He enjoyed European solo engagements in Brussels, Paris, Manchester, Vienna’s Konzerthaus, and London’s Wigmore Hall. He performed as guest soloist with the Residentie Orkest and David Afkham in The Hague and Amsterdam in Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3 in C Minor, and as soloist in Mozart’s Piano Concerto in C Minor, K. 491 with the Vienna Chamber Orchestra conducted by Sir Neville Marriner. He has also played Beethoven’s Third Concerto with Le Concert Olympique under the direction of Jan Caeyers. Other orchestral engagements have included concerts with the SWR Sinfonieorchester, Camerata Salzburg, the Musikkollegium Winterthur, and the Orchestre National de France. An avid chamber musician, Till Fellner has toured with the Belcea Quartet performing at the Schubertiade Schwarzenberg, the Cheltenham Festival, at the Birmingham Town Hall in Birmingham, and at London’s Wigmore Hall. His festival engagements include solo recitals at the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival, the Rheingau Musik Festival, the Schubertiade Schwarzenberg, and the Carinthian Summer Festival. In the autumn of 2013 he took up a position teaching at the Hochschule der Künste in Zurich.
Recent engagements include concerts with violinist Lisa Batiashvili and cellist Adrian Brendel at the Salzburg Festival and the Schubertiade Schwarzenberg. He toured North America, with recitals and orchestral appearances in Washington, Montreal, Seattle, Vancouver, Indianapolis, and Cleveland, including as soloist with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra under Manfred Honeck. Fellner joined forces with Mark Padmore in the three great Schubert song cycles in Japan, and performed as soloist with the Orchestre de Paris under Herbert Blomstedt.
Other recent guest soloist engagements included the Montreal Symphony Orchestra with Kent Nagano, the Orquestra Nacional do Porto, Radio Symphony Orchestra Berlin, NDR Radio Philharmonic, Orchestre National Bordeaux Aquitaine, Vienna Virtuosi at the Musikverein Vienna, and the Orchestre National de Lyon. In previous seasons Till Fellner has performed with the Orchestre National de France with Kurt Masur, the Philharmonia under Sir Charles Mackerras, and the Munich Philharmonic with Lothar Zagrosek at the podium. Fellner’s acclaimed discography includes his celebrated 2004 release of Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I on ECM as well as a subsequent recording of the Bach Two and Three-Part Inventions.
Despite the relatively short span of Till Fellner’s international career, the list of his collaborators reads like a “Who’s Who” of classical music; he has appeared as guest soloist with many of the world’s foremost orchestras and has worked with such conductors as Claudio Abbado, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Herbert Blomstedt, Christoph von Dohnányi, Bernard Haitink, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Manfred Honeck, Sir Charles Mackerras, Kurt Masur, Kent Nagano, Leonard Slatkin, and Lothar Zagrosek, among many others. Till Fellner first came to world attention in 1993 by winning First Prize at the important Clara Haskil International Piano Competition at Vevey, Switzerland. He was a student of Helene Sedo-Stadler before going on to study privately with Alfred Brendel, Meira Farkas, Oleg Maisenberg, and Claus-Christian Schuster.
In the 2013-2014 season, Mr. Fellner, as Artist-in-Residence at the Bamberg Symphony, will appear numerous times with this ensemble. Other highlights include concerts with the Munich Philharmonic under Kent Nagano, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra under Manfred Honeck, and the NHK Symphony Orchestra under Sir Neville Marriner. He will also appear in concert in Malaysia, Japan, and the U.S.