Music is the language of longing, and affects people and cultures like no other medium.
This powerful language of beauty is given to Elias Opferkuch. His virtuosity honors the musical worlds of great composers – such as those of Domenico Scarlatti, Johann Sebastian Bach, Ludwig van Beethoven, Franz Liszt, Sergei Rachmaninov or P. I. Tchaikovsky.
And for him, music gets its life from the natural expression of his own feelings. This respectful, emotional connection is likely the reason for the closeness, lightness, and infectious joy of playing with which Elias Opferkuch fascinates his listeners.
Born in Aalen where he also grew up, Elias Opferkuch was so fascinated at the age of five by the black and white keys that he himself advocated to be allowed to receive music lessons.
His first public appearances and awards were not long in following.
For example, he stepped up onto the victor’s podium at the Matthes piano playing competition in Stuttgart in 2005.
With childlike equanimity, responsibly supported by his family, he consistently put one foot in front of the other with the necessary alacrity.
Several early regional, state, and federal prizes at the “Jugend musiziert” youth competition in the categories of piano solo, piano accompaniment, chamber music, and marimba solo confirmed the promising path he had begun to follow in his early years.
Together with his chamber music trio “tripicari”, he won the special prize of the Hindemith Foundation as a distinction for the “best interpretation of a work of classical modernism” at the competition for new music in Freiburg, and was then asked into the recording studio of the Südwestrundfunk radio station in Stuttgart.
At the age of eleven, Elias Opferkuch marked his celebrated debut as concert pianist with the Young Philharmonic of Eastern Württemberg performing the “Miniature Concerto” for piano and orchestra by Alec Rowley.
Even German Chancellor Angela Merkel was noticeably delighted by the soloist’s fresh spirit and stage presence. His first concert tour took him by way of the Chancellor’s Office in Berlin to Hungary, followed by a second tour in 2012 to Italy – bringing with him the Piano Concerto no. 1 in B flat Minor by P. I. Tchaikovsky.
In 2015 he won acclaim with this work in concert with the Bergisch Symphonic at the “Marler Debut” and at “Jugend brilliert” in Remscheid and Solingen.
His piano lessons from Professor Fedele Antonicelli, Marisa Somma and Professor Volker Stenzl proved to be of great artistic and personal profit to Elias Opferkuch.
He was fostered by Professor Thomas Duis as a young student at the Hochschule für Musik Saar music academy in Saarland.
In addition, he attended master courses with Professor Sontraud Speidel, Prof. Konrad Elser, Robert Levin, Elisso Virsaladze, Fernando Viani, Prof. Adrian Oetiker and Benedetto Lupo.
At present, he is studying under Professor Konrad Elser in Lübeck, Germany.
In 2013 he won first prize at three international competitions in Italy: “Giovani Musicisti – Città di Treviso” in Treviso; “Notes in Harmony” in Bettona; and “Euterpe Music Competition” in Corato.
Thereafter, he masterfully won the international competition “Barlassina International Young Talents Competition” with Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto no. 1.
He secured additional first prizes in 2014 at the Bitburg piano competition and the 51st German “Jugend musiziert” competition.
The “Trois mouvements de Pétrouchka” by Igor Stravinsky are among the most difficult and most virtuoso works in all of piano literature, yet Elias Opferkuch’s performance was able to convince the jury of the WESPE competition in the category of “best interpretation of a work of classical modernism” in 2014, as well, and was distinguished with the special award of the Harald Genzmer Foundation.
Furthermore, a special prize awarded at the German competition by the “Freunde junger Musiker München e.V.” young musicians’ friends association in Munich underscores the musical quality of Elias Opferkuch.
In 2016, he won first prize at the “Premio Sergio Cafaro” piano competition in Magliano Sabina, Italy.
Elias Opferkuch has been awarded a scholarship by the Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben German musical foundation.
Apart from playing piano, Elias Opferkuch also demonstrates his versatility through his animated performances and technical brilliance on the marimba. With his ensemble “AKZENT”, he has caused a musical sensation in collaboration with other musicians at concerts.
In 2010 he won first prize at the international “Marimba Festival” competition in Nuremberg.
He also won first prize at the German competition “Jugend musiziert” in the “mallets” category and a special prize from the “Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben” music foundation in 2013.
In the “best interpretation of a contemporary work” category at the following WESPE competition, he was awarded the “Isolde von Müller Special Prize” for his performance of “Niflheim” by Csaba Zoltàn Marjan.
He is being taught by Franz Bach.
During two trips to India, the fate of the poor people there deeply moved him. He showed his character by acting since then as musical ambassador for the “Neurochirurgische Hilfe Indien e.V.” surgical aid society for India.
At the age of sixteen, he played a benefit concert at the invitation of the Goethe Institute in Pune, India.
Elias Opferkuch is fascinated and seizes his dreams.
Farsightedness and commitment have already opened many doors and are certain to hold a fascinating future in store for him and his listeners, one we can look forward to with great expectation.