The Belgian pianist Florian Noack is not only a multiple prize winner at international competitions, including Rachmaninov International Competition, the Interna-tional Robert Schumann Competition and the Piano Competition in Cologne, but also a recipient of the prestigious CD awards such as German EchoKlassik as „Newcomer of the Year“, the French Diapason d’Or and the International Classical Music Award (ICMA). Furthermore, he also won the “Grandpiano” Prize from the Belgian Vocational Foundation, and has received grants and scholarships from Spes, the Fondation Banque Populaire and from the Mozart Gesellschaft Dortmund.
As soloist he has performed with orchestras including the WDR Rundfunkorchester, the Philharmonie Südwestfalen, the Budapest Strings, the Charlemagne Chamber Orchestra, the Symphonic Orchestra of Aquitaine and the Philharmonisches Orchester Zwickau. The pianist regularly is invited to play recitals in, among others, the Philharmonie in Cologne (Germany), the Palais des Beaux Arts in Brussels (Belgium), the Konzerthaus in Detmold (Germany), the Beijing Concert Hall, the Oriental Art Center in Shanghai, the Xinghai Concert Hall in Guangzhou (China), and the Comédie des Champs-Elysées in Paris (France). Additionally, he appears frequently as a guest of international festivals in China, South Korea, the United States, France, Germany and Belgium. In France, for instance, Florian Noack is performing at the Chopin Festival, the Festival of Annecy, Piano en Valois, l’Esprit du Piano, and Pianissimes. Upcoming concerts include the pianist’s debuts at the Miami International Piano Festival and in Japan.
Florian Noack distinguishes himself by his passion for rare works from the romantic and post-romantic repertoire, and for his concert programs which often include composers such as Lyapunov, Alkan, Medtner and Dohnanyi. He has also authored transcriptions based on orchestral works by Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov and Rimsky-Korsakov, and which have been attracting the attention of musicians such as Boris Berezovsky and Cyprien Katsaris.
The young musician has recently started recording the complete works for solo piano by Sergei Lyapunov for the German label Ars Produktion. For Vol. II of this series he is awarded the prestigious Diapason d’Or in 2016 and the International Classical Music Award in 2017. For his recording of his own transcriptions and paraphrases for the same label he received an ECHO Klassik in 2015 as well.
Florian Noack was born in 1990 in Brussels. He began playing the piano at the age of 4, and aged 12, entered the Queen Elisabeth Musical Chapel in the program for Exceptional Young Talent, where he studied under Yuka Izutsu. He pursued his studies at the Musikhochschule in Cologne with the Russian pianist and composer, Vassily Lobanov, and at the Musikhochschule Basel with Claudio Martinez-Mehner.
Bach / F. Noack: Concerto for 4 harpsichords in a minor BWV 1065
Schubert : Waltz D.145
Borodin / F. Noack: Polowetz Dances
Schumann: Beethoven etudes
Rimsky-Korsakov / F. Noack: Scheherazade
Brahms / F. Noack: German folk songs WoO33 (Excerpts)
– 30. All mein Gedanken
31. Dort in den Weiden steht ein Haus
14. Wie komme ich den zur Tür herein? –
Poulenc: Pastourelle, Bourée au pavillon d’Auvergne, Valse
Grieg: Slatter Op.72 (Norwegian Peasant Dances) (Excerpts)
– No.14 : The Goblin’s wedding procession at Vossevangen. Gangar
No.6 : Myllarguten’s Gangar
No.4 : Halling from the Gnome’s Hill –
Borodine / F. Noack: Polowtz Dances from „Prince Igor“
Rachmaninov: Variations on a theme by Chopin Op.22