28. Heidelberger Klavierwoche Tue, 5th January 2016, 8:00 pm Johannes Nies In Kooperation mit der Jahrhundertwende-Gesellschaft According to the Villa Musica in Rhineland-Palatinate, Johannes Nies is ”without a doubt an outstanding young pianist”. He was born in Herdorf in 1984 and took his first piano lessons at the age of ten. Thanks to his talent, he was privileged of being a private student of the legendary Karl-Heinz Kämmerling, with whom help he passed his diploma in 2007. Afterwards he studied in the solo class of the famous pianist Markus Becker. In 1998 Johannes Nies won the first prize at the competition of the German Tonkünstlerverband, followed by many other first prizes at the ”Jugend musiziert” competition, including the first prize at federal level with the highest possible score in 2002. After one of his concerts, the German newspaper FAZ wrote: ”His biggest strength is the ability to play passionately and grippingly with a lot of rhythmic drive.” Johannes Nies is goint to play pieces from Scarlatti, Beethoven, Dvorak and Prokofiev.