“Caroline Fischer, as the oldest of the soloists performing in the afternoon, tackled the first movement of Grieg’s piano concerto expertly. She subjected the technical, as well as the musical, details to a strict, very controlled grasp of musical structure. The many, virtuoso figures were executed with a vivid clarity which extended to uncompromising, thunderous double octaves. The performance itself avoided all kinds of romantic effusiveness, at nodal points of the work, tone colours were successfully brought out by realising the composer’s performing instructions in an objective way.”
Berliner Zeitung, Berlin, 21. March 2000
Recommendation from Federal President Roman Herzog
My wife first established contact with Caroline Fischer in 1998. After listening to a performance at Bellevue Palace, she was so enthusiastic about the artistic achievement of this German-Korean pianist, who was only 13 years old at the time, that she asked her to arrange the artistic side of a tea on 15 May 1988, that my wife was organising for the wives of the heads of legations who had been accredited to Germany. This was carried out in such an impressive manner that I decided to allow Caroline Fischer to assist in arranging the cultural programme surrounding my state visit to Korea and Mongolia in September 1998. She carried out this task magnificently in both countries, and it enjoyed great success with audiences. As a result of her performance in Seoul, she received an invitation to go to Korea, and in spring 1999 she gave a Mendelssohn concert with the Korean Chamber Orchestra in the largest concert hall in the Korean capital which aroused considerable public attention.
On 20 February 1999, on the occasion of the order of the Federal Republic of Germany being conferred on Hannelore Kohl, Caroline Fischer performed at Bellevue Palace for the second time, with great success. I know that Caroline Fischer has won first prize at numerous national and international piano competitions, most recently on 22 May 1999 when she took part in the federal competition “Jugend musiziert” in Cologne. In my view, she is such a promising talent that I have decided to continue supporting her in the future and – contrary to my usual practice – to place this letter of recommendation at her disposal.
The President Roman Herzog, Berlin, 19. June 1999
Outstanding pianist meets new conductor
On March 22, at 7:30 p.m., the Russian National Orchestra under the direction of Tae-Young Park and 15 year old piano genius Caroline Fischer will appear together at the Seoul Arts Center, performing Mendelssohn’s Piano Concerto No. 3 (premiere in South Korea). During the state visit of German Federal President Roman Herzog in South Korea last year, Caroline Fischer became known as a “child prodigy” on the piano, when she gave a special concert at the Shilla Hotel in Seoul. Among several awards, she took home first prize at the 1994 Steinway International Piano Competition.
The Dong-A Ilbo and The Korea Herald 22. March 1999
Rising stars in the music world: Young musical talents visit their roots
Korean German pianist Caroline Fischer – Solo Concerts: 17. and 22.March 1999/ Performance With the Korean Chamber Ensemble- 6 Times Award Recipient of the Prestigious Competition “Jugend musiziert”.
Rising stars in the music world: Young musical talents visit their roots
Korean German pianist Caroline Fischer – Solo Concerts: 17. and 22. March 1999/ Performance With the Korean Chamber Ensemble- 6 Times Award Recipient of the Prestigious Competition “Jugend musiziert”. (translation)
Two emerging artists, who were born overseas, will share the same stage in their homeland. One of them is Caroline Fischer, age 15, born and raised in Germany. Both of them have been selected by the cultural delegation with regard to their country of birth and their outstanding talents. Caroline is an important person, who attracts attention, since a trouble-free future awaits her.
Caroline Fischer’s mother is from South Korea..During a state visit of German Federal President Roman Herzog in South Korea last year, the young pianist stepped into the limelight. She gave an impressive special concert performance together with the Korean Chamber Ensemble.
Her track records of winning awards are extraordinary. She has been awarded the first prize at the German national youth competition “Jugend musizert” six times in a row since 1990.This competition was also a stepping stone for another talent, star violinist Anne Sophie Mutter.
Caroline Fischer will perform with the Korean Chamber Ensemble on March 22, at 7:30 p.m., at the Seoul Arts Center. Felix Mendelssohn’s Piano Concerto in A minor will have its premiere in South Korea.
Seygye Times, 13. March 1999
The concert organized by the German Federal President – The day with Chopin and Rossini, not with politics and economics
Concert Organized by the German Federal President – A Night with Chopin and Rossini, not with Business or Politics
The German President, who came with his musical entourage, grabbed our attention with his concert, which he had organized to commemorate his visit. The concert, which was held on the 16th of September, lasted over an hour and Caroline Fischer was introduced in his welcome address by the Federal German President. In his speech he stressed: “The 14 year old pianist Caroline Fischer, who is going to play for us this evening, is a symbol of the long-standing friendship which exists between Korea and Germany. One day she will contribute to the Korean and German nation’s glory. Today’s topics are not politics or business, but instead we have music by Chopin and Rossini.” After his announcement, he took a seat in the front row and enjoyed the music performed by the German and Korean musicians.
Caroline Fischer took part at the German national music competition “Jugend musiziert” at age six and has won the first prize five times in a row. At the age of 9 she received her first piano lessons at the Berlin School of Arts. In 1994 she was awarded the first prize at the Berlin International Piano Competition and gave a piano concert with the Radio Symphony Orchestra of Berlin in 1993.She is currently enrolled as a junior student at “Hanns Eisler” Academy of Music. Her musical interpretation was very impressive, despite her age of fourteen years you can feel her musical depth and artistic maturity.
Auditorium, Seoul, Oktober 1998
“The German President, who came with his musical entourage, grabbed our attention with his concert, which he had organised to commemorate his visit. In his speech he stressed: “The 14 year old pianist Caroline Fischer, who is going to play for us this evening, is a symbol of the long-standing friendship which exists between Korea and Germany. One day she will contribute to the Korean and German nation’s glory.”
Auditorium, Seoul, October 1998
Mongolian Newspaper, 22. September 1998
Korean German pianist Caroline Fischer traveling with German Federal President Roman Herzog
Korean German pianist Caroline Fischer traveling with German Federal President Roman Herzog (translation)
Caroline Fischer (age 14), a Korean German pianist is the youngest person among the delegation, which accompanies German Federal President Roman Herzog in South Korea. During the concert she captivated the audience with pieces from Mendelssohn and Chopin.
She is considered a “young genius” with regard to her incredible talent for playing the piano. At age six, she participated at “Jugend musiziert”, a music competition for children and adolescents in Germany, and has won the first prize five times since 1990.
In 1994 she also won the first prize at the prestigious Steinway International Piano Competition. Caroline Fischer passed the entrance exam to the Berlin University of Arts at age nine and is currently studying at the “Hanns Eisler” Academy of Music. After her stay in South Korea she will continue traveling to Mongolia with Federal President Roman Herzog and his delegation.
The Chosun Ilbo, 17. September 1998
Brilliant performances by young musicians inside the concert hall of the music academy
“Above all the 10 year old Caroline Fischer, who has already had many years experience with competitions, her fingers dancing rapidly and with incredible lightness over the keys.”
Berliner Morgenpost, 05. 1994
Young talents on the old grand piano
“The nine year old Caroline Fischer’s Haydn performance is impressively clean-sounding”
Berliner Morgenpost, 15. November 1993
Young pianists excited the audience at the Steinway concert
“Sometimes speed seems like sorcery. For example when the seven year old Caroline Fischer performs a lightning piece from Ibert’s “Histoires” with her deft little fingers.”
Berliner Morgenpost, 13. November 1991
Stars of tomorrow showcase their talent at the Kemperplatz
“The little fingers of the six year old already attack the keys with great self-confidence and spirit. Caroline Fischer gave us performances whose sound was both beautiful and full.”
Berliner Morgenpost, 20. November 1990