German-Iranian pianist and composer Parvis Hejazi (21) is well known as an acclaimed and highly promising young musician working in a wide range of artistic activities from solo recital and concerto programmes to chamber music performances and from composing to conducting. He holds the Gerd Bucerius Award of the Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben for being “a rising star on the piano sky”. Having played his debut recital at the Salzburg Festival at the age of only 17 years, Parvis has already performed in Germany, Austria, the Netherlands, Belgium, France, Italy, the Czech Republic, the United Kingdom, Russia and Israel, including major concert venues, such as the Laeiszhalle Hamburg, Die Glocke Bremen, Wiener Saal and Mozarteum Salzburg, Federal Chancellery in Berlin, or the Théatre André Malraux in Paris
Parvis won the first prize and special prize “Le maitre de piano” of the International Piano Competition of the Town of Gagny (Paris) in 2017 and was also awarded first prizes in various national and international competitions such as the prestigious final stage of the “Jugend musiziert” competition in Germany for organ, piano and piano duo and the Federal Composition Competition of the Jeunesses Musicales where Parvis received the highest award every consecutive year between 2012 and 2016. In 2018, his composition “In memoriam E. A. Poe” (composed in 2010) was selected as a compulsory piece for pianists to play in the reputable WESPE competition in Germany.
Concerts, recordings, interviews and TV documentaries have been broadcasted on German TV and radio channels such as ARD, NDR, HR and the Deutschlandfunk.
Accepted to the College Preparation Department at the age of nine, Parvis studied piano and composition at the Junior Department of the University of the Arts Bremen from 2012-2017. He received crucial inspiration from studying with world leading pianists such as Norma Fisher, Lilya Zilberstein, Jerome Lowenthal, Gilead Mishory, Leon McCawley, Anatol Ugorski, Igor Levit, Konrad Elser, Markus Groh, Vanessa Latarche, Antoine Bouvy and Lars Vogt. Moreover, Parvis has worked with orchestras such as the Wratislavia Chamber Orchestra, the University of the Arts Symphony Orchestra Bremen and the Bremen Youth Orchestra. For the next season, a project with the American ballet dancer Michael Carman is planned.
Parvis is currently studying with Norma Fisher at the Royal College of Music in London holding scholarships from the prestigious Evangelisches Studienwerk (Villigst) and the Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben. Furthermore, he is supported by the donors Karin and Uwe Hollweg and the Gisela and Erich Andreas Foundation.
Parvis is a Fellow of the Evangelisches Studienwerk (Villigst), adjudicating selection rounds for scholarship candidates and an honorary member of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Philosophie (German Society of Philosophy), being the youngest person to hold an honorary membership of the Society. Parvis is a Member of Talent Unlimited UK.