German pianist Jens Barnieck has performed in major concert halls and festivals, including the Ravello Festival, Italy, the Kurt Weill Fest at the Konzerthaus Berlin and the Musikfestspiele Saar, the Heidelberg Piano Week, the Darmstädter Ferienkurse für Neue Musik, Darmstadt, the Bamberg Festival for New Music, and the European Festival Week in Passau, Germany; at Steinway Hall and Cooper Union's Grand Hall in New York City; the 2 Days and 2 Nights of New Music in Odessa, Ukraine; the festival Roaring Hooves in Mongolia; Performing Tangier, Morocco; the North American New Music Festival, Buffalo, at the Almeida Theatre, London, Imagine, Memphis, Tennessee, Ecole Normale Supérieur, Paris, the Bratislava Music Festival and a Festival for Contemporary Chinese Music, Buffalo, which has been broadcast worldwide by "The Voice Of America".
As vocal accompanist, he has appeared with singers such as British soprano Sarah Leonard, American baritone Kurt Ollmann or with the German mezzo-soprano Julia Oesch, with whom he founded the "Duo Songways" that won the prize for Lied at the second international competition "Debut in Merano", Italy. With trombonist Florian Juncker, he founded the "Duo Rayon", performing contemporary American and European music.
Jens Barnieck was artistic director of a Paul Hindemith Centennial Celebration Festival at the University Buffalo and four times artistic director of a biannual festival "ARTlantische Tage", sponsored by the Atlantic Academy Rhineland-Palatinate in Kaiserslautern, Germany. Over the last years, Jens has also published articles on composers such as Ruth Crawford Seeger, Charles Ives, Mayako Kubo, Misato Mochizuki, Karmella Tsepkolenko and Tui St. George Tucker. He has premiered and given first performances by composers including John Luther Adams, Vykintas Baltakas, Carl Christian Bettendorf, Gloria Coates, Kevin Volans and others. In multimedia performances, he worked with in other fields, notably photographer Stefan Maria Rother, performance artist Birgit Ramsauer, sculptor Leah Jacobson, cultural historian and guitarist Frank Mehring or with writer and photographer Wheeler Sparks.
Recordings with Jens Barnieck include television recordings for channel 2, NBC (National Broadcasting Corporation, USA), Südwest-RP, Germany, the national television company of the Republic of Slovakia, RAI, Italy, for Deutsche Welle, Cologne. 3 SAT and ARTE. Radio broadcasts include WNED-FM, Buffalo in their series "Opus Classics Live", for SWR Baden-Baden and for the Bayerische Rundfunk.
Jens Barnieck studied at the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik in Detmold and at the State University of New York at Buffalo with the late Yvar Mikhashoff, where he received a Masters degree in Musical Performance cum laude. The Cultural Ministry of the German government and the Federal State of Hessen selected him for scholarships at the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris, France and the German Study Center in Venice, Italy. In October 2010, he was artist-in-residence at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts.
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