JUSTUS FRANTZ Pianist and Conductor – A Life in Music
Justus Frantz is a name that one associates with outstanding orchestras and an absolute commitment to music. Professor Justus Frantz has been an internationally successful pianist and conductor for more than thirty years. He has served classical music countless times: by constantly discovering and nurturing young music talents. Therefore foreign tours of the Philharmonia of the Nations Auditions (Vorpiele) in many countries take a firm place in his schedule – for young musicians worldwide, it’s an excellent chance at the beginning of a musical career. He invited the violinist Midori, Maxim Vengerov, Vadim Repin and pianist Evgeny Kissin as young talents for the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, and paved the way for them as a great career. In St. Petersburg he chose the unknown Anna Netrebko to sing in his production of The Marriage of Figaro, Susanna. He discovered the young violinist and composer Martin Panteleev and brought his compositions for the first time on stage.
A young talent is discovered
His extraordinary musical career began in 1967 when Justus Frantz won the ARD international music competition. The study in the master classes of Prof. Wilhelm Kempff contributed to his high-level training. When 23 years old, he was one of the youngest ever to receive a scholarship to the German National Academic Foundation.