The pianist was born in 1959 in the southwest of Germany and studied mathematics for a few semesters in addition to music after his Abitur. The piano studies with Prof. Vitalij Margulis at the HfM in Freiburg/Br. became so important and time-consuming for him that Wolfgang Glemser trained as a pianist and, after his diploma examination in Freiburg, successfully completed both postgraduate courses at the Hochschule für Musik in Trossingen with Prof. Lvov up to concert maturity. During this time, the pianist also won several competition prizes in Italy and began to perform regularly. In the meantime he has played in many European countries, in South Africa, China and in Central America. His wide-ranging repertoire focuses on composers such as Scarlatti, Haydn, Beethoven, Chopin, Liszt and the great Russians. His first CD recordings are dedicated to delightful rarities such as piano sonatas by Baldassare Galuppi and the piano works of Sir Charles Hallé. Another CD is dedicated to works by Brahms (including Hungarian Dances). Important concerts in recent years have included two visits to Mexico, Liszt programmes at the Altenburg in Weimar and at the Liszt Museum in Budapest, as well as performances at the Athenaeum in Barcelona, the University of Tübingen and the Berlin State Library. In 2004, 2005 and in autumn 2007 he was in China for concerts and master classes at various universities. Radio productions and concert recordings in several countries, most recently in January 2008 at the RBB.
The University of Konstanz awarded the pianist the Silver Medal of Merit in 1994. He is an active member of the German Choral Society and the Liszt Society Weimar. As a teacher, Wolfgang Glemser worked for three years at the conservatory in Innsbruck and then returned to his home country in 1996 to take up a professorship at the BTU. In 2003, among others, concerts at the Pianists' Festivals in Tübingen, South Brandenburg, Bayreuth, Havelland. In February 2003 very successful performances of the too rarely played concerto by Alexander Scriabin. In autumn 2004 piano recitals in Leipzig, Berlin, Budapest, Poland, among others; in February 2005 and autumn 2007 concerts and masterclasses in Spain (Girona and Barcelona). Since late autumn 2005 guest professor at the Normal University Luoyang in China. In September 2009 two acclaimed performances of Tchaikovsky's First Piano Concerto in Bangkok, in October founding concert of the New Cottbus Piano Trio.
The headline of a review by the Tiroler Tageszeitung (II/1998):„With poetic virtuosity“.
Südkurier (I/2003):„Glemser‘s varied, and cultured touch at the piano provided the audience with an experience of Liszt‘s own pianistically glistening view of the five Schubert songs, exceeding the beauty of the song original itself.“
Leonberger Zeitung (III/2007):„One of the recital‘s highlights was undoubtedly ‚Gaspard de la Nuit‘ by Maurice Ravel … . The varied dynamics and immense reach of the interpretation were carried forward into the final movement, in which one hears of the demonic dwarf ‚Scarbo‘, and his orgiastic deeds. Alexander Scriabin‘s Nocturne for the left hand further allowed Wolfgang Glemser to display outstanding touch and technical ability.“
Thüringer Allgemeine Zeitung after a Liszt Matinée in Weimar (III/2001):„It may be a result of Glemser‘s superior interpretational sensitivity that his Busoni-gowned Liszt comes across as more brilliant, more infectious, more efficacious, more magnetising, and ultimately more substantial than the original itself.“
El Norte, Mexico, after a performance of Tchaikovsky‘s Second Piano Concerto (XII/1997):„There can be no doubt that Glemser possesses complete mastery over the keyboard, …“
American Record Guide in reference to the pianist‘s Galuppi recordings (I/2000): „ ... a performer of significant ability. … filled with technical wizardry, sentient emotion and attention to the most minute details.“
Prof. Wolfgang Glemser also teaches in the KA programme (artistic training).