The young pianist Kathrin Isabelle Klein (born in 1991) drew the public’s attention to her success at the 11th International Piano Competition of Orleans 2014 where she won not only the 3rd Prize, but also the André Chevillion-Yvonne Bonnaud Interpretation Prize and the Special Prize André Jolivet. She had already had the opportunity in November 2013 to express her strong taste for 20th and 21st century music at the Bertold Hummel Competition in Würzburg where she won the 1st Prize. Previously, Kathrin Isabelle Klein has won many competitions in Germany, as in 2009 and 2011 where she won the 1st prize at the national level of the contest “Jugend musiziert” both as solo pianist and as accompanist. In 2011 she received a Special Prize for the interpretation of some of the “Twenty-Eyes on the Child Jesus” by Olivier Messiaen. She won a scholarship at the Köthen Bach Competition for Young Pianists in 2009 and won the 1st prize of the Helmut Vogel Competition in Mannheim the following year. She was a Fellow of the Richard Wagner Foundation in 2007.
In addition to her solo and chamber music activities, Kathrin Isabelle Klein is passionate about orchestral practice. Her second instrument, the violin, allowed her to be a member of the Rhineland-Palatinate State Youth Orchestra from 2004 to 2009. From 2008 to 2011 she was a pianist in the youth orchestra of Germany under the leadership of leaders like Kirill Petrenko and Mario Vengazo. In 2014, she has been pianist of the Young German Philharmonic (Junge Deutsche Philharmonie, JDPh.).
Kathrin Isabelle Klein received her first piano lessons at the age of four from Elisabeth Jost in Idar-Oberstein before entering André Terebesi’s class at the Peter Cornelius Conservatory in Mainz (PCK-Mainz). In 2011, after her baccalaureate, she began her studies at the Graduate School of Music of Freiburg im Breisgau. Pi-hsien Chen. In 2012/2013, she studied in the class of Prof. Markus Bellheim at the Würzburg School of Music. She has also completed her training with Matthias Kirschnereit, Ian Fountain and Ensemble Modern (Frankfurt-on-Main). In 2012, a concert tour of chamber and solo concerts took her to Japan.