|He also participated in Beethoven
courses given by Wilhelm Kempff and Claudio Arrau. Bernd Goetzke was
awarded prizes in several international competitions (Paris, Milan,
Epinal, Athens, Brussels, amongst others).
Already at the age of 25 he was appointed Lecturer at the Hannover
University of Music and Drama and became professor in 1982. Today
Bernd Goetzke is one of Germany's most sought-after teachers and
He teaches a class of young pianists from all over the world, and
many of them have become prize winners in international competitions.
He is Head of the Concert Soloist Programme in Hanover and in addition
he holds numerous Master Classes in Germany and worldwide. He is
also involved in the training of soloists and the development of
young talents outside of the University environment: as jury member
of many international competitions (Moscow, Munich, Bolzano, Orlians,
Oslo, London, St. Petersburg, Kharkov, Salt Lake City, Shenzhen,
Shanghai and many others), for example, or as Artistic Advisor of
the festival Braunschweig Classix Festival and as Chair of a society
supporting young artists. Since the year 2000 he is Director of
a newly-founded Institute for highly-gifted children. This Institute,
conceived by him, is attached to the Hannover University of Music
and Drama and the only one of its kind in Germany.
In his concert repertoire the names Bach, Beethoven, Schumann and
Debussy appear frequently, but also works of the twentieth century,
reflecting his fascination with the stylistic richness and diversity
of the period between Late Romanticism and Avantgarde.
In the realm of chamber music or concerto repertoire respectively
one could mention Messiaen's Quartet for the End of Time, Schoenberg's
Pierrot Lunaire, Bartok Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion, the
German premiere of Bartok's Piano Quintet, the two Rhapsodies by
Gershwin or Skryabin's Prometheus.
Bernd Goetzke has also published several articles on subject-related
matters (Freedom in Interpretation, Pedal Technique, Bach's Melodic
Characteristics, Articulation and Phrasing in Classical Music etc.)