born in 1974 in München, Bayern, Germany
Joseph Breinl (born 1974 in Munich, Germany) is a pianist and accompanist. His father, Gerhard Breinl, is a violist in the Bavarian State Orchestra.
Awarded a scholarship by the Studienstiftung, Joseph Breinl studied solo piano and song accompaniment in Munich with Karl-Hermann Mrongovius and Gitti Pirner. The younger Breinl continued his studies at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam working on solo piano and song accompaniment with Willelm Brons and Rudolf Jansen. During his studies he attended master classes held by mezzo-soprano Sarah Walker and pianists Roger Vignoles, Paul Badura-Skoda, and Graham Johnson.
After his master class Johnson invited Breinl to come to London to work with him more intensively. Johnson also awarded Breinl the scholarship of the Klavierfestival Ruhr 2002 and became his teacher and mentor.
Breinl's international career includes performances at prestigious festivals and venues in Europe, North America, and Asia. He has appeared at the Munich Opera Festival, the aforementioned Klavierfestival, the Schubertiade in Schwarzenberg, Austria, and at the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival.
In Europe, he has performed at National Theatre Munich, the Concertgebouw, Wigmore Hall, the Mozarteum, the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, Konzerthaus, Vienna, the Stockholm Concert Hall, the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden, and the Palais des Beaux Arts in Brussels.
In the United States, Breinl appeared at New York's Carnegie Hall in 2006 and at Washington, D.C.'s Kennedy Center and other U.S. venues in 2007. After his Kennedy Center performance with mezzo-soprano Christianne Stotijn, the Washington Post's music critic wrote, "Pianist Joseph Breinl -- alert, responsive and good-humored -- was a full partner in the evening's success."
His trips to Japan include appearances at Suntory Hall in Tokyo and Symphony Hall in Osaka.
Breinl works regularly with Stotijn and baritone Mattijs van de Woerd and has also accompanied mezzo-soprano Michelle Breedt and baritone Udo Reinemann. In 2006, Stotijn and Breinl recorded the "Dreams and Fantasy Figures" CD of songs by Franz Schubert, Alban Berg, and Hugo Wolf. Breinl and Stotijin performed several recitals in the U.S. and Canada in February 2009.
In June 2004, Breinl became the accompanist for German mezzo-soprano and Kammersängerin Waltraud Meier. A CD featuring Meier and Breinl performing Schubert and Richard Strauss songs was released in late 2007. Breinl accompanied Meier in numerous recitals in 2007-08 in Japan, Germany, France, Austria, and Spain. The two artists appeared in a Liederabend at Nationaltheatre in July 2009, during the Munich Opera Festival.
Since 2010 Breinl has been professor of song accompaniment at the university of music and performing arts in Graz, Austria.
- Farao Classics
- Vocal Arts Society
- Askonas Holt
- Christianne Stotijn Mezzo Soprano Official Website
- Farao Classics
- University of music and performing arts Graz
- Borletti-Buitoni Trust -- includes video about recording "Dreams and Fantasy Figures" CD