Univ.-Prof. Jan Jiracek von Arnim
Born into a family of musicians, pianist Jan Jiracek von Arnim was described by BBC Music Magazine as one of the leading pianists of his generation. A top prize winner at the Busoni Competition (Italy) and Maria Canals Competition (Spain), Jan Jiracek von Arnim was one of the winners of the Tenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition (USA). He regularly performs in musical centres such as the Musikverein Vienna, Philharmonie Berlin, Carnegie Hall New York, and others.
He was appointed professor for piano at our university in 2001, and his students are prizewinners of major international piano competitions, e.g. in 2018 at the “Maria Canals Barcelona” and “Dublin International”, as well as the “Gradus ad Parnassum” in Austria and “Neue Sterne” in Germany.
He gives master classes on a regular basis in North America, Asia and Europe, most recently for the PTNA Prizewinners and Junior Grade Talents at the Toho Gakuen College in Tokyo, Japan, the Wilhelm Kempff Foundation in Positano, Italy, as well as the Paderewski International Piano Concerto Academy in Bydgoszcz, Poland. Mr. Jiracek von Arnim is frequently invited as a judge at international piano competitions, e.g. the "Hamamatsu International Piano Competition" in Japan, the “Busoni International Piano Competition” in Italy, and the "Tchaikovsky International Piano Competition for young musicians". Since 2011, he is the Artistic Director and Chairman of the “International Beethoven Piano Competition Vienna”.