Elisabeth Brauss, pianist

Who or what inspired you to pursue a career in music and who or what have been the most important influences on your musical life and career?

My father.

Which performances/recordings are you most proud of?

I couldn’t say, I don’t listen to my own recordings mostly… 🙂

Which particular works/composers do you think you perform best?

It’s difficult to say – funnily enough, you sometimes don’t play the music you particularly love very well, as emotions and high expectations can inhibit you, too. It is always a matter of finding a certain lightness…

What do you do off stage that provides inspiration on stage?

I always take the greatest inspiration from art itself, principally from music and literature.

How do you make your repertoire choices from season to season?

It’s usually a mix of works that I think are important to play (especially great, lesser-known works) and music that I’ve just always wanted to play. The particular combination of the different pieces is also important to me, because music can be perceived very differently depending on the context in which they are heard.

Do you have a favourite concert venue to perform in and why?

Any venue with an open-minded audience ready for art is my favourite venue 🙂

What do you feel needs to be done to grow classical music’s audiences?

To create opportunities and spaces for true engagement with the music, on and off stage.

What is your most memorable concert experience?

It’s always a few notes, a phrase, a shared moment on stage, during which you know why you’re doing it all, at least as long as the music sounds… That can happen in every concert.

As a musician, what is your definition of success?

The achievement of being able to shape and model your own ideas.

What do you consider to be the most important ideas and concepts to impart to aspiring musicians?

Courage, joy, devotion, and a good teacher.


Pianist and Terence Judd-Hallé Award recipient Elisabeth Brauss will make her debut with the Hallé on Thursday 2 December, performing Grieg’s Piano Concerto with conductor Stephen Bell. She will also join members of the orchestra for the orchestra’s Chamber Music Series at Hallé St Peter’s on Saturday 4 December, performing works by Beethoven, Zimmermann and Brahms.

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Chamber Music Series: Beethoven Gassenhauer Trio

The pianist Elisabeth Brauss has been praised by Gramophone Magazine for “the maturity and sophistication of her thoughtful interpretations” which “would be the pride of any pianist twice her age”. Born in Hannover in 1995, Elisabeth is quickly establishing herself as one of the most exciting and versatile musicians of her generation.

As a member of the BBC New Generation Artist Scheme, Elisabeth has many solo, chamber and concerto engagements across the UK. In 2021 she made her debut at the BBC Proms, performing Mozart with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra. In a new partnership between this scheme and the Hallé Orchestra, she was recently announced as recipient of the Terence Judd-Hallé Award, given to a NGA graduate considered to be on the cusp of a major international career.

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