One could not challenge the ongoing resurrection of the Greats. Rachmaninoff, Beethoven, Schumann, Mendelssohn to name a few, continue to fulfil our hearts, our minds. Women composers...they are somewhat forgotten.
Notable for her mystical beauty, intensity and richness of material, Australian composer and pianist, Emili Rackemann, carries her ancestors expertise, naming Frederic Rackemann and brother, Ludwig of Bremen, Germany, who were highly renowned for their exquisite performances in the United States and Germany during the mid nineteenth century. In 1839, pianist Ludwig Rackemann was one of the first German pianists to tour America, causing a sensation performing works by Beethoven, Chopin and Liszt. In 1842, Ludwig's brother Frederic, was captivating European audiences, playing triple concertos with Mendelssohn and Clara Schumann. Critic Henry Watson observed Frederic's "great power and stretch of finger", declaring the 21-year-old eclipsed all other New York pianists, including his brother.
Almost one hundred and sixty year later, the Rackemann name is ready to revolutionize piano performance, bringing classical into its present, reformed and refreshed.
Born and raised in remote Central Australia, Emili Rackemann may be contradictory to what defines a classical composer, however creatively her mind continues to challenge the predicability of piano performance, through creating dramatic realities and fictional stories, showcasing a unique and unforgettable image with her appreciation of fashion.
Surrounded by the extreme conditions of rural life throughout her child and young adulthood, 'music was an emotional saviour,' she says. At four years, Rackemann began piano lessons. At age eleven, she composed her first composition for piano and violin, and by age thirteen, she won her first competition for piano composition.
One may question Rackemann's credentials. With little ambition to embrace study beyond tertiary education, Rackemann was determined to break free and harness individuality. 'I wanted to be on my own, without interruption, without influence. Society ultimately does not serve the creative mind. Instead, one becomes an interpretation rather than an individual' she says.
With five album releases and soon to release her new classical album, Queens English, Rackemann is a true master of piano composition.