Her talent, originality, and determination have brought Transylvanian born pianist Adriana Paler from a small mountain village to the world capital of music, Vienna. Her fascinating stage presence, raw passion, artistic depth, and brilliant sound brought her 27 competition prizes and dazzle audiences and critics worldwide. Adriana’s interpretation of Mozart got the 1st Viennese Classic Award at isa Baden, she played Kurtag for Kurtag in Budapest at his 90th birthday and excelled with Liszt and Mussorgsky in Puigcerda Festival (2018). She played in Romania, Austria, Hungary, Germany, Italy, France, England, Cuba, Spain, Croatia, Switzerland, Portugal, and Luxembourg.
The “brilliantly gifted” Austrian pianist is set to achieve new heights during the 2020-2021 season, which features live streams, recitals, concerts, and two recording projects with works of Khachaturian, Price, Ravel, Piazzolla.
Adriana obtained her master's degree in podium piano in 2007. She continued her postgraduate studies with Prof. Flores between 2007-2009. The distinguished pianist and teacher Noel Flores guided her in his piano class and honored her with his friendship until the end of his life in 2012.
She took part in courses taught by Alexis Weissenberg (Weimar, Engelberg), Pawel Gililow (Krems) and Gabriel Tacchino (Luxembourg); and is being led by Elisabeta Leonskaja since 2014.
She enrolls in doctoral courses at the University of Music in Vienna, in musicology and musical aesthetics, with Dr. Gerold Gruber as professor. Between 2015-2018 she specialized in music pedagogy at the same university, in Prof. Inci Häusler-Altinok's class.
She has received numerous scholarships, such as those from the Dr. Robert und Lina Thyll-Dürr Swiss Foundation, the Tokyo Foundation and the Austrian Ministry of Education and Culture.
She has performed recitals and concerts in Romania, Austria (including Konzerthaus Vienna), Hungary (where she performed Kurtag for Kurtag, at his anniversary concert in Budapest, in May 2016), Germany, Italy, France, England, Cuba, Switzerland, Croatia, Portugal, Luxembourg. Her music was recorded in different live concerts, for example at the final concert of the training courses in Engelberg, Switzerland; in the ORF (radio studios) in Vienna, as a first prize winner for the interpretation of the classical Viennese repertoire (August 2005); in Mannheim (2008) or in the Romanian Athenaeum (November 2015).
In 2010, with the help of the German foundation PE Förderkreis in Mannheim, she fulfilled her dream of playing on a Steinway & Sons concert piano chosen by two personalities who deeply marked her love for music: Mihaela Ursuleasa and Noel Flores.
Pedagogic and academic activity
Beginning with 2020, Adriana Paler leads a class for highly gifted children and preparation class at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna.
Since September 2015, Adriana has been teaching piano at the Wagram Music School and High School. Her students won prizes at various competitions in Austria.
She is an active presence in the administration of the Vienna University of Music, receiving various positions in the Austrian Student Association, the Study Commission, and the University Senate. She was also the main organizer of the "SYLFF Network for music and arts Vienna" association, under the tutelage of the Tokyo Foundation.
Between October and December 2008, Adriana Paler gave piano and music theory courses at the Faculty of Music in Brasov, under the tutelage of the Austrian Research Society in Vienna, as a fellow of the European scientific cooperation program MOEL Plus. Supported by the same program follows a research internship in collaboration with the National University of Music in Bucharest during April-July 2011.
Society, charity, environment legacy
Adriana is persistently involved in organizing charity concerts and projects that bring music closer to the people who need it: in hospitals, nursing homes, children's homes, and neighborhoods for immigrants.
Since 2014 she is the president of the association "Verein für Musik und Kunst Wien - Vienna for Network, Science and Music and Arts Vienna", an organization that promotes educational concerts for young audiences in Austria and abroad, focusing on social integration and cultural development.
She also acts as a financial advisor at YouGreen.org, an Austrian non-profit student initiative, which actively promotes climate action and improvement.