Markus Prause is a native of and has studied in Vienna. He graduated from the Conservatory for Music and Dramatic Arts in Vienna, under the guidance of Dir. Horst Leichtfried. He continued his musical training in master classes and private lessons with important artists, such as A.Harasiewicz (Poland), J.Dichler (Wien), S.Maltsev (Petersburg) and W.Fleischmann (Vienna).During his studies he was awarded several 1st , 2nd and 3rd prizes in national and international competitions.
Markus Prause has been appointed as a professor of piano performance at The Music and Arts University of the City of Vienna. His students are actively concertizing and some have won awards in international piano competitions. Markus Prause is frequently invited to hold master classes throughout Europe and to participate as juror in international piano competitions.
In 2005 Prof. Prause and his wife, pianist Chen Chin-Lin, founded the Music Forum Vienna West, where he serves as artistic director. The mission of the forum is to support and further the artistic and musical development of highly talented children. The Forum also provides a platform for concerts at an international level for the local public.
Markus Prause performs regularly as a piano soloist and chamber musician in Europe, South America and East Asia. He has performed at many renowned music festivals including the Vienna International Festival, IGNM-Festival, 20th Century Festival Prague, Spring-Festival Korea, Bach-Festival Salzburg, Chopin-Festival Gaming, and Festival Contemporary Music Lower Austria, to name a few.
Since his debut in 1985, Professor Prause has performed innumerable special recitals, orchestral concerts and piano duos, in addition to giving master classes.
Debut Recital at Konzerthaus Vienna, performing entire Toccatas by J. S. Bach on the occasion of the 300th anniversary of Bach’s birth (1985)
Special Recital at the Vienna Musikverein /Brahmssaal, performing famous piano sonatas (1989)
Concert Tour of Germany (2002)
Concert Tour throughout Argentina including a recital at the famous opera house “Teatro Colon”, Buenos Aires (2005)
Concert Tour of Bulgaria performing primarily as a piano duet with pianist Chen Chin-Lin, his wife (2006)
Concert Tour of Europe commemorating 300th anniversary of W.A.Mozart‘s birth (2006)
Concert Tour of Venezuela and the Caribbean including an orchestral concert at the “Teatro Teresa Carreno” in Caracas with the National Philharmonic Orchestra (2010)
Special Recitals on the occasion of the anniversary of J. Haydn’s death and F. Chopin’s birth in Sarajevo, Bratislava, Budapest and Vienna (2010)
Piano Duo concerts in Azerbaijan with his wife Chen Chin-Lin (2012)
Special Recitals at the Konzerthaus Vienna dedicated to J. S. Bach and F. Chopin (2012)
Concerts and Master Classes at concert halls and conservatories in Bulgaria, Italy and Poland (2012-2017)
Solo Piano Recital and Master Class at the Shandong University, China (2017)
Soloist in Orchestral concerts performing the two piano concertos by F. Chopin in Taipei / Taiwan (2017-2019)