Born in Vienna, Robert Lehrbaumer started his
career at the age of 9 when he made his appearance as a pianist in Austria, Germany and Switzerland. Since then, concert tours have brought him, later also as a conductor and as an organist, to almost all European countries and capitals, to North, Central and South America, to the Near East, South-East Asia, Korea, and Japan, in famous locations from Viennas Musikverein and Konzerthaus to New York's Carnegie-Hall and Tokyo's Suntory Hall and Casals Hall.
Robert Lehrbaumer began to
study piano at the age of six. From 8 to 13 he was a member of the Mozart Boys Choir. Two years later, he entered the Vienna University of Music and Dramatic Art to study piano with Gertrud Schwarzbauer and Hermann Schwertmann (a student of the Liszt-student Emil von Sauer, which makes Robert Lehrbaumer being a follower of Franz Liszt, Carl Czerny, Ludwig Beethoven and Joseph Haydn) and Heinz Medjimorec, organ with Rudolf Scholz, conducting with Otmar Suitner and composing with Thomas Christian David.
Prizes in numerous competitions, especially Geneva 1985, and scholarships by Bösendorfer and the Alban Berg Stiftung distinguished the young interpreter.
When he was 11, he had his first appearance as a soloist with
orchestras and has since performed concerts - either as a soloist or as a conductor or both - with the Vienna Philharmonic, the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, the Vienna Radio Symphonic Orchestra, the Bruckner Orchestra/Linz the Mozarteum Orchestra/Salzburg, the Camerata Salzburg, the Vienna Chamber Orchestra, Ensemble "die reihe" and with many foreign orchestras - when appearing as a soloist - also under the baton of
conductors such as Claudio Abbado, Yehudi Menuhin, Sandor Végh, André Previn, Leopold Hager ...
Musical partnerships with Wolfgang Schneiderhan, Anton Dermota, Walter Berry, Angelika Kirchschlager, Martha Argerich, Bo Skovhus, Friedrich Gulda, Rudolf Schock, Philippe Entremont and others.
Robert Lehrbaumer pursued his careers as an organist and as a pianist and as a conductor simultaneously. His special
piano-organ-recitals, also with orchestras, are very popular events for which he gets rave reviews.
He has participated in numerous
festivals such as the Vienna Festival, Salzburg Festival, Brucknerfest/Linz, Carinthian Summer/Ossiach, Bregenz Spring, Luzern Music Festival, the Nuremberg Organ-Week, Slovakia Spring-Festival, Schubert-Festival/Washington D.C., Festival Cervantino/ Mexico, Martha Argerich Festival Japan.
At the age of 25, he played a solo-recital in the cycle
"Master-Soloists" in the Vienna Konzerthaus, together with Abbado, Sinopoli, Previn, Caballe, Brendel.
Lehrbaumer is specialized in performing the
repertoire of Schubert and the Viennese "Klassik" as well as works of the late Romantic period. He is also interpreter of contemporary (often Jazz-influenced) music, several dedicated to him (Christoph Cech, Gottfried von Einem, Paul Kont, Ernst Ludwig Leitner, Roberto Pintos, Thomas Daniel Schlee, Robert Schollum, Shih u.a.).
In addition, Robert Lehrbaumer has made
recordings for radio and TV stations, LP and CD (Sony, RCA-Ariola/Red Seal, Amadeo, ORF, Belvedere, KKM, Preiser Records); he has starred in films and videos.
He teaches at international
master courses in Austria and abroad and has been teaching at the University of Music in Vienna and at Universities in USA and Mexico and Asia. He teaches regularly at one of Vienna's Conservatories - his students are prize-winners of international competitions. He is also member and president of international competitions' juries.
conducting orchestras, Robert Lehrbaumer often is performing both as conductor and pianist/organist in works of Haendel, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin, Liszt, Gershwin, Poulenc.
Robert Lehrbaumer has been awarded the honorary title
"Professor" by the Austrian Federal President in December 2014.