Iwan König

Iwan König is the director of the international music festival Musikalischer Sommer in Ostfriesland. Born into a musical family, he moved to Taiwan and Japan at the age of five due to the activities of his parents, who were professional musicians.

König is a prize winner of the International Piano Competition in Bré, Lugano (Switzerland), the First International Chopin Piano Competition in Darmstadt, and the Artur Schnabel Piano Competition in Berlin. He has appeared worldwide, both as a soloist and a chamber musician. He joined forces with prestigious artists such as Vladimir Ashkenazy, Gidon Kremer, Thomas Zehetmair, Sebastian Manz, Jan Vogler, Zara Nelsova, Tine Thing Helseth, among others. He has been a member of various chamber music ensembles, including Ensemble Wien 2001, Klangforum Wien, Janus Trio, Goldberg Ensemble. His long-time duo partners were his father, his sister Franziska König and Herwig Tachezi, former solo-cellist of the Concentus Musicus Wien. With the latter, he recorded the complete Beethoven works for piano and cello for the Gramola label. From 2004 until 2007, Iwan König was a guest professor at the Mokwon University in Daejeon, South Korea.

König started to play the piano at age 7. His first teacher was his father, Prof. Wolfram König, a renowned violin educator, and at that time, professor at the College of Chinese Culture in Taipei. He continued his studies with Prof. Karl-Heinz Kämmerling in Hannover and Prof. Klaus Hellwig in Berlin. At the age of 17, he started studying privately with the renowned Byron Janis in NYC – an experience he still considers one of the most inspiring of his life. Iwan König graduated from the University of Arts in Berlin in 1993.