Bernd Glemser was born in Dürbheim, Germany, in 1962. He studied piano in his youth, often traveling on skis through heavy snow to take lessons. Glemser became a student of the Russian pianist Vitaly Margulis
at the Musikhochschule in Freiburg. From his early student years he began qualifying for competitions, including some of the most prestigious, like the Busoni
, and the ARD.
Gaining his professorship in 1989 at the Saarbrücken College of Music as a pianist still in his twenties, Glemser managed to maintain an active concert career in Europe. 1992 was a pivotal year for him: Glemser was awarded the Andor Foldes Prize and also signed a recording contract with Naxos
, his first CDs not appearing, however, until 1994.
Glemser would go on to receive critical acclaim and various awards for most of his recordings, particularly for his series of Rachmaninov
concertos (1998-2000) and Prokofiev
piano sonatas (1994-2003).
At a November 2000 concert serving as part of the 100th anniversary celebrations for the Philadelphia Orchestra
, Glemser appeared with the feted ensemble under conductor Wolfgang Sawallisch
in an acclaimed performance of the Rachmaninov
Third Piano Concerto. In 2003 Glemser was given the Federal Cross of Merit by the German government. Among Glemser's later recordings is the 2009 Oehms
CD of preludes and fugues by J.S. Bach