Udo Falkner grew up in his hometown Kempen in the Lower Rhine region of North Rhine-Westfalia.
He studied the piano with Max Martin Stein in Düsseldorf and Ludwig Hoffmann in Munich,
additionally attending the courses of Alexis Weissenberg and Karlheinz Stockhausen.
Music prize from the city of Düsseldorf and Schmolz Bickenbach Prize.
His extensive concert activities then took him as far as Japan, where he won great acclaim
for his interpretation of Olivier Messiaen’s Vingt regards sur l’enfant Jésus at the FM Hall in Tokyo.
He made radio recordings and appeared at renowned events like the Rhenish Music Festival,
the Hitzacker Summer Music Days, das neue werk of NDR Hamburg, the International Piano
Forum antasten in Heilbronn, the International Messiaen Festival in Düsseldorf, the Corvey
Music Festival, the Encontre Internacional de Compositors Festival on Mallorca, Musik der Zeit
of WDR Cologne and Inselfestival Hombroich, openingfestival Trier.
The special qualities of his interpretations, his uncompromising programmes and his devoted,
adventurous and authentic artistry are highly esteemed by celebrated composers, musicians
and connoisseurs of contemporary music.
Udo Falkner’s exceptional repertoire includes the traditional, classical music
and many works by major composers of the 20th century and the present,
like: Andre, Baur, Banasik, G. Becker, Blarr, Blomenkamp, Boulez,
Denhoff, Gahn, Graham, Juelich, Henze, Hosokawa, K. Huber, N. A. Huber,
Ichiyanagi, Kelemen, Koch-Raphael, Kröll, Lachenmann, Laufer, Ligeti,
Messiaen, Nono, Pintscher, Reimann, Rihm, Schönberg, Schnebel, Shim,
Stäbler, Stockhausen, Takemitsu, Trojahn, Webern, Widmann, Zarius,
Zender, B. A. Zimmermann (Selection).
”From artists and recipients may, instead of a passive accept of the ruling states, a critical attitude to the current popular culture with their banal vulgar slogans and appeals, happenings and idol figures are expected.“ Hans Küng