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The German pianist Schaghajegh Nosrati was born in 1989 in Bochum to a family originally from Iran. After many years of working with Rainer Maria Klaas, she was accepted as a pupil of Einar Steen-Nøkleberg at the University of Music, Drama, and Media in Hanover in 2007. She completed her master’s degree under Christopher Oakden in 2015, and, in 2017, her artist diploma under Ewa Kupiec. Additional artistic inspiration has come from Robert Levin, Angela Hewitt, Murray Perahia, and Daniel Barenboim. Sir András Schiff has been her most important mentor, praising the “astonishing clarity, purity, and maturity” of her Bach playing. Schaghajegh Nosrati became known among wider circles when she won second prize at the International Bach Competition in Leipzig in 2014. Bach’s works are the focus of her repertoire, which also includes the great Viennese classicists, Schumann and Chopin, Brahms, and Rachmaninoff, as well as such rarities as Charles-Valentin Alkan. Schaghajegh Nosrati has concertized at Alte Oper in Frankfurt, the Leipzig Gewandhaus, the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels, the Zurich Tonhalle, the Berlin Philharmonie, and the 92nd Street Y Cultural Center in New York. At the beginning of 2018, she embarked on a major tour with András Schiff and the Cappella Andrea Barca, which took her to the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg, the Salzburg Mozart Festival, the Vienna Musikverein, and the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden, as well as to Luxembourg, Bratislava, Düsseldorf, and Dortmund. Her debut CD, released in 2015, was an account of Bach’s Art of the Fugue; her most recent recording is of the composer’s keyboard concertos and recently received the German Record Critics’ Award. Schaghajegh Nosrati, who will also play a concert in the Debut series at the 2018 Piano Festival in Lucerne, teaches at the University in Hanover.