Educated in Hanover, Berlin and London, Paul Cibis has performed on five continents and established an international presence. He has been invited to international festivals in the UK, Germany, USA, South Africa, Hong Kong, China, Taiwan, Australia and New Zealand and appeared in the electronic media around the world, including the BBC, WDR, 3Sat, ORB, HR, RTHK and CCTV.
Paul has released a few albums, including a collection of French mélodies and piano works by Berlioz, Fauré and Debussy, in collaboration with German mezzo-soprano Barbara Senator. His latest album features a collection of solo pieces by Taiwanese composer Kai-nan Huang.
A committed pedagogue, Paul has taught at Trinity College of Music in London and frequently gives master classes in Germany, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and South Korea.
Meet Paul in 21 questions
1. Some basics first: How tall are you?
2. How old are you?
27 years younger than my mother.
3. What is your favourite food?
Thai curry and Chinese dumplings.
4. What is your favourite movie?
Once Upon A Time In The West by Sergio Leone and Les Enfants Du Paradis by Marcel Carné.
5. What is your mobile phone ring tone?
A rehearsal recording of Andreas messing up the beginning of the first Chopin Etude.
6. What is your favourite classical piece of music?
It’s impossible for me to define a few, let alone just one. But among my all-time favourites I would name Schumann’s Kinderszenen, Liszt’s B-minor Sonata, Schubert’s Die Taubenpost, Brahms’ 1st and Mahler’s 2nd symphonies. There are also Mozart’s D-minor Piano Concerto, Beethoven’s 4th and 8th symphonies, Wagner’s Tristan and Isolde… Don’t get me started!
7. What is your favourite piece of pop music?
Michael Jackson’s Man In The Mirror.
8. Which famous composer of the past would you like to have met?
9. If you were not a musician, what would you be?
10. Where is home for you?
Where my laptop is.
11. Your favourite place on earth?
12. What in your life would you change if you suddenly had 10 million euros in your bank account?
Nobody would notice. I wouldn’t change.
13. What is your greatest extravagance?
14. What was your most exciting experience on stage?
Whenever there is one of those wonderful silent moments at the end of a piece. It’s mesmerising with an audience of several hundred people being so actively quiet. Only a live concert can create this kind of concentration and atmosphere.
15. And the most embarrassing moment on stage?
Naming the wrong town when talking to the audience during a Piano Battle concert tour.
16. What do you do to keep fit?
Playing billiard, chess and Piano Rundlauf.
17. What music would you like to be played at your funeral?
Methamorphosen by Richard Strauss, Autumn Leaves sung by Eva Cassidy, and some Swing standards.
18. If you could choose, in which period other than present would you like to live?
Around 1900 in Paris.
19. If you could choose, who would you like to be?
The first person on Mars.
20. Which famous person would like to meet for dinner?
21. What is your present stage of mind?
Clear and sunny, and busy with partly gusting wind.
Any last comment?
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