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The pianist Andreas Eggertsberger was considered a prodigy in his early years, gave his first concert at the age of 12 and completed piano studies at the Bruckner Conservatory in Linz at the age of just 15. Further studies, an international career and many awards followed, before Eggertsberger finally received the diagnosis of "focal dystonia" after a long search for causes of his diminishing left-hand play in 2012. Focal dystonia is the same neurological disease that was probably for the first time documented with Robert Schumann. The long-term therapy required a complete re-learning of the piano, meticulous exercises to bring rehearsed movement back under control. Five years later, Andreas Eggertsberger sees himself healed and returns to the concert podium. For his debut CD with Gramola under the meaningful title "Dystonia", the pianist from Linz, Austria, recorded the Kreisleriana, Op.16 by Robert Schumann and the Sonata in A major, D. 959 by Franz Schubert.
Andreas Eggertsberger was born in Linz, Austria in 1980. In 1995, he became the youngest graduate in the school's history to receive a concert diploma with distinction. Further studies brought him to the class of the legendary pedagogue Karl-Heinz Kämmerling at the Mozarteum in Salzburg and to the University of Music and Performing Arts, Vienna, where he completed his studies with Oleg Maisenberg. In addition, he refined his piano playing with Thomas Hecht, the former assistant of Leon Fleisher, at the YST Conservatory in Singapore. Starting in the autumn of 2010, Eggertsberger resumed his studies at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, in the class of the renowned American pianist Arthur Greene.
Eggertsberger has won prizes at many national and international competitions, including the Ettlingen International Piano Competition in 1992, a Yamaha Scholarship in 1993, and becoming semifinalist at the Louisiana International Piano Competition. He received the Taras Gabora Prize at the International Music Festival in Casalmaggiore, Italy, for his interpretation of Beethoven's «Hammerklavier» Sonata, Op. 106. Eggertsberger has performed as soloist in concerts in Europe and Asia, as well as in various chamber music groups. In 2015 he made his debut with the Mainzer Virtuosen in Mainz, Germany. He has performed in concert halls including the Vienna Konzerthaus, the Brucknerhaus Linz, the Beethovenhaus Bonn, Queen Victoria Hall and Esplanade in Singapore. Eggertsberger was a regular guest artist at the Salzkammergut Festival in Gmunden, Austria.