Prof. Rolf Plagge received his first piano lessons at the age of six, studying with Peter-Jürgen Hofer and, after graduating from high school, with Vitaly Margulis in Freiburg. His studies took him to the conservatories in Vienna, New York and Hanover.
He has won prizes at many international competitions, such as the Moscow Tchaikovsky Competition in 1990. In addition to his activities as a soloist with German and international orchestras, he has been successful worldwide since 1988 as the piano duo “Queen Elisabeth” with his piano partner Prof. Wolfgang Manz. Plagge has been a professor at Salzburg’s Mozarteum University since 1991. The teaching of traditional German pianistic and pedagogical culture is particularly close to his heart, primarily on the basis of Beethoven’s piano works. In addition, he deals with lesser-known repertoire, such as the piano works of Karol Szymanowski and his immensely demanding pianistic challenges.