Peter Sadlo has been hailed by critics as one of the greatest percussionists of the century.
He began to learn to play when only 5 and started to study at the age of twelve. His exceptional talent has always been recognised by his teachers. The most eminent of these was Siegfried Fink, in whose master classes in W・zburg Sadlo obtained his diploma. But his playing of the timpani is particularly marked by the influence of Sergiu Celibidache.
Sadlo won many of the chief percussion prizes while a student, including the prestigious first prizes at the Geneva Competition and ARD Competition in Munich. He has been far more successful than anyone else in his field. He has received many accolades, but his versatile talent is most clearly proved by the number and variety of the engagements he has been asked to take on.
He was the solo percussionist of the Munich Philharmonic and a teacher and also directs professional chamber groups. Hardly surprising, he is a popular guest performer at music festivals and with various distinguished orchestras. His musical flair is unerring and his dexterity on all kinds of instruments quite dazzling. These have earned him great acclaim from the general public and the critics, and he is now in great demand throughout the world.
Peter Sadlo has an exclusive contract with Koch Schwann. For this CD Percussion in Concert he has been awarded the Echo Prize 1998. Deutsche Grammophon released the Bartok Sonata for two pianos and percussion with Martha Argerich, Nelson Freire and Edgar Guggeis.