Philipp Thönes is equally successful as a pianist and composer. He has won prizes at the International Novák Piano Competition in the Czech Republic and the German National Youth Music Competition.
He is a prizewinner of the International Novák Piano Competition in the Czech Republic and the German National Youth Music Competition. He was awarded 1st prize at the International Global online Great Composers Competition for his performance of Joseph Haydn's Piano Concerto in D major. In 2021, as a PIANONews-records selection artist, he recorded his first CD with works by Bach, Couperin, Schumann and his own works. He performs regularly at the Putbus Theater, the Residenzschloss Mirow and the Kultursalon Preußenpark in Berlin.
As a composer, he conducted a public discourse with Kit Armstrong in the International Pianists' Forum series with Alfred Brendel with his piece What Is Over There? This was followed by a discussion concert with Kit Armstrong on the organ chorale preludes by J. S. Bach and their transcription for the modern piano.
In 2021, Philip Thönes founded the duo Vox et Clavis with clarinettist Ruben Mirzoian to promote rarely performed works, primarily by Jewish composers, from the 20th century. The duo won first prize at the Verfemte Musik interpretation competition in Schwerin as well as the special Exilarte prize, which took them to a special concert at the Vienna Konzerthaus.
Born in Rostock, Philipp Thönes was supported by the Young Academy Rostock and has been studying piano in Professor Bernd Zack's class at the Rostock University of Music and Drama since October 2020. He is a scholarship holder of the "Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes"
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