Gerrit Glaner – moderation

© Gerrit Glaner

Gerrit Glaner describes music as his "vitamin M". Accordingly, his professional life has always been musically oriented. As Head of the Concert & Artist Department at  Steinway & Sons, he sustainably expanded the company's artistic activities through international collaborations and networks for over two decades until his retirement. He was Steinway's representative at international concerts, conferences and competitions. He always paid particular attention to the promotion and appreciation of the younger generation. In this context, he conceived the "Steinway Prizewinner Concerts Network", which arranges concerts at international concert venues for prizewinners of piano competitions and is now present in eighteen countries.

During the pandemic, he has made significant contributions to the digital connection between pianists and audiences through projects such as "Steinway's Lunch Concerts" or, together with the Concorso Busoni, the "Glocal Piano Project" which has played a pioneering role in the digital implementation of piano competitions on the Internet.

Previously, he made film documentaries and live productions for music television. At EMI Classics and Universal Music, he produced recordings and special editions and cooperated with the media industry. From 1987 to 1990, he set up the master classes at the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival.

During his time as a musicology student, he was an author of program notes for the NDR Symphony Orchestra (now the Elbphilharmonie Orchestra). He greatly values his former job as a bartender at the legendary Hamburg jazz club "Birdland", which brought him many encounters with jazz luminaries.

Gerrit Glaner is in contact with artists of all genres. His experience flows into panel discussions and press articles as well as on juries of music competitions, culture committees and a lectureship.

He sings – see above: "vitamin M" – in the Symphonischer Chor Hamburg and is a clarinettist in the orchestra The Management Symphony.

Event with Gerrit Glaner and Paul Lewis am Sat 3.8

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