Volker Zwetzschke

born in 1973 in Recklinghausen (Germany), started to learn the piano when he was a small child. He was later given private piano lessons by Rainer Maria Klaas and Joanna Jakubovska. The Belgian composer Jacqueline Fontyn inspired him to make music his profession. 
In 1999 he completed his studies in the piano class of Professor Michael Keller at the Academy of Music, Detmold (Münster Department), obtaining his degree as Graduated Piano Teacher (Staatliches Klavierlehrerdiplom). He then took up postgraduate studies in artistic proficiency (Aufbaustudium der Künstlerischen Reife) before changing university in 2001, joining the class of Professor Einar Steen-Nøkleberg in Hannover. There he graduated in 2003 with the best possible note of 1,0.  
In addition to this, he refined his performance in the framework of master classes with Tibor Szasz (Freiburg), Volker Banfield (Hamburg), Einar Steen-Nøkleberg (Hannover), Bernd Glemser (Würzburg), Hans Leygraf (Salzburg) and Mikhail M. Alexandrov (Moscow). 
Furthermore, he is initiator and art director of the chamber concert series taking place at the water castle ‘Wasserburg Lüttinghof’ in Gelsenkirchen/Germany, which started in 1996. From 2001-03 Volker Zwetzschke has also been director of the artistic management of the ‘European Classic Festival Ruhr’. 
Between 1992 and 1997 he additionally undertook studies in philosophy with Professor Dr. Albert Stüttgen at the University of Münster.