- Instrument: Piano
“… in his confident hands Beethoven’s Op. 101 was spacious and persuasive, with great delicacy in the shading and phrasing. To Liszt’s Sonetto 104 he brought flawless virtuosity… his future looks bright.”
Niklas Oldemeier’s concert repertoire embraces a wide range of genres, from baroque to contemporary, including Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier, Partitas, and Fantasies, followed by Beethoven Sonatas, leading further to Stravinsky’s Trois Mouvements de Petrouchka and Webern’s Variations Op. 27, as well as works by British composers Graham Fitkin and Luke Bedford.
As a chamber musician, Niklas has performed a similarly diverse repertoire. He has been active in several ensembles, and accompanied singers, collaborating with students from the RCM, RNCM, King’s College London, and the RAM, where he has regularly performed works by young composers. A gifted and sensitive young musician, Niklas Oldemeier is keen to attract new audiences to classical music and introduce new contemporary idioms to listeners.
Among his recent achievements, Niklas lists the 2014 invitation to join the Emerging Artist Programme at the London Sinfonietta Academy, directed by the conductor Pierre Andre Valade. This offered the opportunity for budding performers and conductors to train with the world’s foremost contemporary music ensemble, and concluded with the ‘Musicians of Tomorrow’ concert at the Platform Theatre. The programme also generated the prospect of additional performances. At the Royal Academy of Music, Niklas has also been an active performer of twentieth- and twentyfirst-century music, being asked to play by composers and the composition department for showcase concerts within the Royal Academy of Music and at venues such as The Forge in Camden.
Driven by his inquisitive mind, Niklas also has a natural ability to apply original interpretative ideas to baroque, Viennese and romantic repertoire. Hence, other recent highlights such as the 2015 Deena Shypitka Piano Award, the Worshipful Company of Musicians’ Harriet Cohen Bach Prize, and a performance of Mozart’s Concerto in D minor, which earned high critical praise from Radio 3’s Rob Cowan.
Born in Leeds in 1993, Niklas Oldemeier started to play the piano at the age of five. He initially took lessons with Andrew Padmore in his native city, and later with Peter Lawson at Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester. In 2011 he was accepted to study at the Royal Academy of Music in London, where he enjoyed the guidance of Daniel-Ben Pienaar for the first two years. Niklas has, since 2013, continued to study piano with Sulamita Aronovsky whilst being now enrolled on the Master of Arts course at the Royal Academy of Music.
Niklas Oldemeier represents the highest echelon of young British pianists, and his performances are always met with an enthusiastic response.