The inexhaustible fantasy in an amazing symbiosis of technical perfection and highly sensitive sound production, alongside his sharp understanding of the possibilities of playing the piano and its physical, spiritual and mental aspects, have made Falko Steinbach a worldwide recognized soloist, composer and piano pedagogue. He performs and teaches many international festivals in America, Asia and Europe. Born in Aachen, raised in Leverkusen, he gave his first public recital at age twelve and won his first piano competition at seventeen. He completed his solo performance studies with a doctorate after graduating with distinction. He also has a degree in theory and composition. In addition, he studied at the Guild Hall School for Music and Drama in London on a DAAD scholarship. Steinbach participated in many international master courses and currently offers them himself since 1999. After having taught at the University of Cologne from 1989-1999, he became a professor for piano performance and head of the piano area at the University of New Mexico (USA). His assignment includes extensive performing - and teaching activities. Many of his students won prices at regional, national and international competitions. His repertory includes a wide spectrum from Bach to contemporary music, which is his special interest. As a composer, Falko Steinbach has created an extensive Oeuvre for church music, chamber music and piano music. An extraordinary number of reviews and articles reflect great respect and recognition for his unusual artistic and pedagogic achievements. His humanitarian interest is also represented in several benefit CDs. (Prof. Dr. Günther Noll; trans: Falko Steinbach and Emily Lah).