Gerrit Zitterbart

Gerrit Zitterbart (born in Göttingen in 1952) was trained in Hanover, Salzburg, Freiburg and Bonn by Erika Haase, Karl Engel, Lajos Rovatkay, Hans Leygraf, Carl Seemann and Stefan Askenase.

At the beginning of his career, he succeeded in international competitions in Switzerland, Belgium, France, Italy and Germany. Gerrit Zitterbart has made a name for himself as a soloist and chamber musician (including 41 years in the Abegg Trio). He has given more than 3,500 concerts in over 50 countries throughout his career.

His repertoire is extensively documented on over 75 LPs and CDs – with modern and historical grand pianos alike. Over the past 20 years, the pianist has also performed on historical pianos, finding innovative approaches to solo recitals, chamber music, lied and piano concerts with orchestra.

From 1981 to 2022, Gerrit Zitterbart taught a piano class at the Hanover University of Music, Drama and Media. He has been a professor since 1983. Gerrit Zitterbart taught young talents from Germany, Denmark, Poland, Romania, Bulgaria, Lithuania, Russia, Georgia, Israel, Japan, Korea, China, Canada and the USA. Students from the Hanover University and masterclasses were successful in distinguished international competitions in Paris, Moscow, Geneva, Grosseto, Rome, Granada, Valencia, Dortmund, Berlin, Bonn and Tel Aviv, among others.

In 2012, Gerrit Zitterbart founded the “Clavier-Salon” in Göttingen, where various historical instruments from Vienna, London, Paris and Berlin are available to him to offer a wide range of concerts.

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Master class piano

Historical keyboard instruments can be somewhat intimidating to young pianists. In his masterclass, Prof. Gerrit Zitterbart will demonstrate that getting to know the original instruments can be enjoyable and even inspiring. By allowing participants to experiment on keyboards from the extensive colletion of the University of Music, Drama and Media Hannover, Prof. Zitterbart will help students uncover their idiosyncratic secrets and apply their discoveries to the modern piano in concert performances.