“Ingo Dannhorn blazes his own personal trail through the repertoire with utmost sensitivity,” writes Klaus Geitel. “Definitely merits very close attention,” as he puts it. He places Dannhorn alongside artists like Markus Groh, Lars Vogt and Jan Gottlieb Jiracek.
Ingo Dannhorn’s greatest strength lies in Classical literature, especially the music of Beethoven and Mozart, as prizes at the renowned International Beethoven Piano Competition in Vienna, the Sydney International Piano Competition, and other international piano competitions in Salzburg, Vienna, Ettlingen, and Senigallia clearly show. Yet his programs also feature chamber music, lieder and contemporary works by composers like Moritz Eggert and Luciano Berio.
Gerhard Oppitz considers him among the “most remarkable pianists of his generation: he has fabulous technical skills, and an ideal combination of intelligence and highly developed sensitivity to tonal nuance.”
Ingo Dannhorn took piano lessons from a very young age. Prof. Anton Czjzek, who studied with the legendary pedagogue Bruno Seidlhofer for many years, subsequently discovered him and immediately admitted him to his class for highly gifted young pianists at the Salzburg Mozarteum. His first public solo recital took place at the age of twelve. Dannhorn completed studies with Margarita Höhenrieder at the University of Music and Theater in Munich and graduated “with honors.” Masterclasses with Gerhard Oppitz, Noel Flores and Gitti Pirner followed. He was also deeply inspired by participation in numerous masterclasses with Bruno Leonardo Gelber, Peter Lang, Tatiana Nikolayeva, Dieter Zechlin, Jacob Latins, Elza Kolodin, Karl-Heinz Kämmerling, Aquiles Delle-Vigne, Rudolf Kehrer, and others.
Ingo Dannhorn has concertized at the most well-known music centers and concert halls, such as the Herkulessaal in Munich, the Great Hall of the Musikverein in Vienna, the Seoul Arts Center, and the Hermitage in St. Petersburg. He has collaborated with Kurt Eichhorn. Dennis Russell Davies conducted his performance at the Great Hall of the Musikverein and Kurt Masur has expressed high praise for his musical abilities. Numerous lieder recitals and chamber music concerts have added to Ingo Dannhorn's musical credits: These include his roles as lieder pianist for Francisco Araiza, Elisabeth Scholl, Kieth Engen and Jose Cura, among others, and as chamber music collaborator with Christian Altenburger and Maxim Vengerov. The broad spectrum of his activities is well documented in studio, live and CD recordings.
Along with his performing activities, Ingo Dannhorn has taught at the Universities of Music in Munich, Bremen, Augsburg, and Wiesbaden. He is currently teaching at world renowned Yonsei University/Seoul.