Markus Koropp

Michael Polyzoides

Markus Koropp (*2000), born in Bonn, began playing the piano and violin at the age of three. He wrote his first compositions when he was ten years old. He completed his school career in 2018 in the gifted and talented section of Christophorus-Gymnasium Königswinter and with a nomination for the German National Academic Foundation. In 2014, the city of Cologne accepted him into the scholarship programme of the “Study Preparatory Training” at the Rheinische Musikschule. From 2012 to 2019, he was honoured annually with national and sponsorship prizes and scholarships at the “Bundeswettbewerb Jugend komponiert” and also won numerous awards at “Jugend musiziert”. He was awarded the 10th Martin Hornstein Interpretation Prize at the „Internationale Musiktage Bad Leonfelden/Rohrbach“, which he has attended every year since 2015. He also won a 2nd prize at the “Rocky Mountain Music Competition 2021” and 3rd prize at the “Gustav Mahler Piano Prize Competition”.

He has also been accepted into scholarship programmes in the field of science, such as the “Juniorakademie NRW” and the “Deutsche Schülerakademie”. As part of his competition successes, he was invited to the “Day of Talents” in Berlin several times by the German Ministry of Education and Research. He also attended the Mozarteum Summer Academy in Salzburg in 2018. He has received lessons for composition with teachers such as Philipp Vandré, Martin Christoph Redel, Gerhard Müller Hornbach, Karin Hausmann, Milica Djordjević, Detlev Glanert, Orm Finnendahl, Dieter Mack, Thomas Taxus Beck, Klaus-Hinrich Stahmer, Minas Borboudakis, Gerhard Nierhaus, Franck Bedrossian, Jérôme Combier, Brian Ferneyhough, Clemens Nachtmann and Matthias Schlothfeld, and as a pianist and chamber musician he has taken part in courses with Katherina Polyzoides-Sourvali, Georg Hamann, Daniel Raabe, Margherita Marseglia, Nikolaos Zafranas, Li-Fang Su and Janna Polyzoides. He also rehearsed Helmut Lachenmann’s piano piece “Serynade” together with the composer at a masterclass. Markus Koropp has performed in the field of contemporary music at festivals such as “Wien modern 2023” and “Zett Emm” (2012 to 2022). In addition to Austria and Germany, his activities as a composer and musician have taken him to Italy, Luxembourg, Greece and China. His works have already been broadcast on WDR and hr and in 2019 he appeared on ORF’s “Klassik-Treffpunkt”.

He has also been the pianist of the piano trio “ARTrio” (Nitai Emanuel Music (violin), Felix Obendorf (cello)) since 2022, with whom tours to Slovenia (Mednarodni Festival Imago Sloveniae), Poland (Międzynarodowy Festiwal Muzyki Odnalezionej) and Italy (Rome, Milan) are already planned for 2024. Markus Koropp has been studying piano with Aima Maria Labra-Makk and composition with Clemens Gadenstätter at the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz since 2019.