Marie-Luise Bodendorff was born in Augsburg (Germany) in 1983.
She had her first piano lessons at the age of five and due to her exceptional talent she was admitted to the Hochschule für Musik in Karlsruhe at the age of 10. She later became a full-time student of Prof. Olga Rissin-Morenova.
Aged six, Marie-Luise Bodendorff started giving concerts. Her first public appearance was with The South-West Chamber Orchester Pforzheim in 1989.
Other events include performing with Kurpfälzisches Kammerorchester Mannheim, New Philharmonic Westphalia, Folkwang Kammerorchester Essen, The Bacau Philharmonic and The Kharkov Philharmonic. She has played numerous solo and chamber music recitals throughout Germany and abroad, and also made recordings for ARD and Bayrischen Rundfunk. She made a notable appearance on “We can do everything except speak High German”, a TV-spot that was broadcast to all of Germany.
From 2002 until 2007, Marie-Luise Bodendorff studied with Russian piano authority Vladimir Krainev at the Hannover University of Music, Drama and Media.
The ERASMUS exchange programme enabled her to study at Paris Conservatoire, where she took lessons with the famous French pianist Brigitte Engerer in 2008.
From 2007 to 2013, Marie-Luise Bodendorff attended Postgraduate Studies with Prof. Christopher Oakden in Hannover and finished these successfully.
The soloist class at Royal Danish Academy of Music (RDAM) with Prof. Niklas Sivelöv, proved to be an important milestone on her artistic journey.
In June 2014, Marie-Luise Bodendorff received her soloist diploma and gave her debut recital in Tivoli Concert Hall. She had already given a virtuoso solo recital in 2013 and performed Rachmaninoff´s Third Piano Concerto at the same venue one year earlier with the RDAM Orchestra.
In 2013, Marie-Luise Bodendorff was invited to play for the Danish Royal Family at Chateau de Caix. Here she started a collaboration with the “Nordic String Quartet” that later became known all over Denmark as the “Nordic Piano Quintet”. Concerts at Copenhagen Summer Festival, Bornholm Chamber Music Festival, Ofelia Live and other events followed.
The piano quintet has received coaching by Prof. Tim Frederiksen, Lars Anders Tomter and Alexander Zapolski.
Marie-Luise Bodendorff currently resides in Copenhagen, Denmark. From September 2016 she is a part time teacher in piano at the Royal Danish Academy of Music.
Her portfolio of international piano competition prizes and other awards include:
Competition for young pianists, Rome, Italy, 1992
Lions International Youth Competition, 1993
Culture Prize from ” Baden-Württemberg”, 1998
Bundeswettbewerb “Jugend musiziert”, 1999
Puigcerda Competition, Spain, 2001
International Piano Competition ” Stiftung Karic ”, 2001
GEDOK Competition, Detmold, 2002
International Seiler Competition, 2005
International Piano Competiton, Rhodos, Greece 2006
Scholarship from the “Deutscher Musikwettbewerb”, 2011
The Van Hauen Prize, 2013
Second Prize at the XI Concorso Pianistico Internazionale “Lia Tortora”, Italy 2015
First Prize “Assoluto” at the Concorso Internationale “Musica Insieme”, Italy 2017
Second Prize at the Concorso Internationale “Premio Vittoria Caffa Righetti”, Italy 2017
First Prize at the 3rd International Feurich Competition, Vienna (2018)
First Prize at the 6th International Piano Competition, Ischia, Italy (2018)
First Prize in the Solo Piano category and First Prize in the Soloist with orchestra category
at the 30th International Music Competition “Citta di Moncalieri”, Italy (2018)
Grand Prix at the International “Future Stars” Piano Competition, and two special prizes
for the best interpretations of Liszt and Rachmaninov (2018)