Born 1959 in the provincial town of Westerstede, Northwest Germany, Plagge received his first piano lessons at home. By 1969 he was studying at the Bremen Conservatory with Prof. Peter-Jürgen Hofer. When Hofer moved to the Musikhochschule Hamburg in 1975, Plagge followed him immediately. During this important period of altogether 9 years in the class of Hofer Plagge won the 1st prize of Hamburg’s Steinway Competition five times consecutively from 1973 to 1977 as well as several prizes at the Germany national Music Competition “Jugend musiziert”.
In July 1990 Rolf Plagge became the first all-German pianist ever to become prizewinner at the prestigious Moscow Tchaikovsky Piano Competition. Before this highlight he had already been awarded numerous prizes in several national and international competitions in Senigallia, Seregno, Bolzano, Vienna, Bratislava, Salt Lake City, Montevideo, Bonn. In 1987 he won the 3rd prize in the “Reine Elisabeth” Competition in Brussels and has been since then a frequent performer in Benelux countries.
Plagge is regularly performing on concert tours all over the world, as soloist and with national and international orchestras, including the Baltic Philharmonic, Filharmonia Narodowa Warschau, Orchestre National de France; Polish Chamber Philharmonic, Salt Lake City Symphony Orchestra, Israel Sinfonietta, Orchstre National de Belgique and many others.
Since 1991 Plagge is teaching as professor at the University of Music Mozarteum in Salzburg, for Solo curricula students and pedagogic students. As jury chairman for the piano commission in all pedagogy programs at the Mozarteum, Plagge also is regularly invited for masterclasses, lecture-recitals and competition juries in Europe, America, Japan, South Korea and Australia.


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