“She is unusually musical and sensitive – qualities that are rather rare in our musical times.” Sir Andràs Schiff
Born into a family of musicians in Salzburg, Cornelia Herrmann studied with Imre Rohmann in Salzburg, Noel Flores in Vienna and Ferenc Rados in Budapest, and drew further inspiration from Alexander Lonquich, Murray Perahia, András Schiff and Alfred Brendel. Cornelia Herrmann was the youngest finalist and winner of the International Bach Competition in Leipzig and gained a special award at the International Mozart Competition in Salzburg. In 2002 she gave her debut at the Salzburg Festival.
Further engagements have taken Cornelia Herrmann to venues including the Zurich Tonhalle, Victoria Hall in Geneva, KKL Lucerne, Liederhalle Stuttgart, Gewandhaus Leipzig, City Hall Heidelberg, and large concert halls of Salzburg, Linz, Barcelona, Madrid, Tel Aviv, Istanbul, São Paulo, Mexico City, Tokyo, and Vienna. She has been invited to Music Festivals such as Open Chamber Music Prussia Cove, Loisiarte, Styriarte, Attergauer Kultursommer, Grafenegg, MDR Musiksommer, Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Schwäbischer Frühling, Schloss Cappenberg, Pacific Music Festival.
Cornelia Herrmann has performed with the Linz Bruckner Orchestra, Camerata Salzburg, Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg, Israel Chamber Orchestra, New Japan Philharmonic Orchestra, NHK Symphony Orchestra, Pacific Music Festival Orchestra, Tokyo Metropolitan Orchestra, Vienna Chamber Orchestra and Vienna Chamber Philharmonic, under distinguished conductors such as Christian Arming, James Judd, Manfred Honeck, Michiyoshi Inoue, Fabio Luisi, Sir Neville Marriner, Sir Roger Norrington, Ola Rudner, Stefan Sanderling, Hubert Soudant, Pinchas Steinberg and Marcello Viotti.
Cornelia Herrmann is also a sought after chamber musician. Her partners are Christian Altenburger, Franz Bartolomey, Mirijam Contzen, Patrick Demenga, Christoph Genz, Michel Lethiec, Quirine Viersen, Marko Ylönen, and the Gewandhaus Quartet Leipzig.
Recently Cornelia Herrmann has appeared in the City Hall Hong Kong, at the Ladies’ Morning Musical Club Montreal, Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts in Chicago, International Music Festival Johannesburg, Thüringer Bachwochen, Suzhou Arts Centre, Beijing National Library Arts Center, and the Vienna MuTh.
For the Japanese-Austrian label Camerata, Cornelia Herrmann is recording the piano works of Johann Sebastian Bach. The French Suites, the Partitas and the album “Italian Concerto” have been received with great praise by the media. The series will continue with the Well-Tempered Clavier, Part 1, to be released in 2019. In addition, she has recorded works by Schumann and Brahms.
In 2014 Cornelia Herrmann initiated her own festival “Musiktage Hundsmarktmühle” at Lake Fuschl near Salzburg. The festival focuses on chamber music with performances taking place in an old mill from the 16th century.