Ursula von Lerber


Finnish pianist Ursula von Lerber performs as a soloist and as a chamber musician throughout Europe: she has performed, notably, in Helsinki with the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Tapiola Sinfonietta, and the Sinfonia Finlandia; in France, at festivals such as Musicora, Ile de France, and Normandie Impressionnisme, and also in concerts at the Cité de la Musique and the Auditorium des Invalides in Paris, Salle Cortot, the Thêatre des Arts in Rouen, the Musée de Beaux Arts in Lille and the Auditorium at Giverny. She has also performed in Switzerland, Germany, Belgium, England, Ireland, Italy, Iceland and South Korea and has been recorded for broadcast on French and Finnish Radio.

Ursula von Lerber studied at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki obtaining a Concert Diploma with distinction and a Master of Arts under the direction of Liisa Pohjola.  She continued her pianistic studies with Konstantin Bogino in Paris while studying Chamber Music at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Paris (cycle de perfectionnement)  under the direction of Michel Strauss.  She completed her studies with György Sebök at the Indiana University in Bloomington, US, obtaining a Diploma.

In 1992, she was a laureate of the Maj Lind Piano Competition in Helsinki and in 1999  she was awarded the Kuhmo prize in the Kuhmo International Trio Competition in Finland with Nathanaëlle Marie and Katarzina Ewald.

In 1996, she recorded two trios by Georges Migot for the label Musidisc with Nathanaelle Marie (violon) and Clara Strauss (cello). The recording received critical acclaim from such magazines as Le Monde de la Musique, Diapason, and Répertoire des disques compacts.

In 2010 she recorded a double CD of impressionist solo and chamber music together with the Rouen Opera orchestra soloists for the Skarbo label in France (including amongst others, Ravel’s trio and Fauré’s 1st sonata for violin and piano).

In 2011 the Finnish broadcast chose the CD “Schumann, Beethoven, Takemitsu” by Ulla Soinne (viola) and Ursula von Lerber (piano) as one of the most interesting CD’s of  the year 2011.

In 2009, she formed a piano duo with Christian Erbslöh. They have performed in New York, Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, in France, notably at the György Cziffra Foundation at Senlis, at the auditorium of the “Musée d’Orsay” in Paris, at the Rouen Opera hall, in South Korea as well as in Finland.  In 2010 the french film maker Frank Saint-Cast filmed them performing the Rite of Spring for the french television. They have also collaborated with mime artist Guerassim Dichliev, a former assistant of Marcel Marceau, on different artistic projects.
Duo von Lerber- Erbslöh has recorded a Stravinsky CD (The Rite of Spring, Dumbarton Oaks, Tango..) for the Stravinsky-Foundation (Geneva) at the Studio Ansermet (RTS, Geneva, Switzerland) in 2012.

This recording was well received and presented by the « Classica » review in France,  « Rondo-Classic » review in Finland as well as by the Finnish National Radio (YLE1, new recordings) and Belgian National Musiq3 Radio station.

Ursula von Lerber holds a State Diploma and Certificate of Aptitude in Piano Teaching and has a permanent position at Rouen Conservatoire as a piano Professor.