Since receiving an award for lifetime achievement from the Humboldt Foundation in 2010, William Kinderman has published two books while expanding his performance activities in new directions. His focus on artistic creativity is reflected in The Creative Process in Music from Mozart to Kurtág (University of Illinois Press, 2012), through its exploration of major composers from the 18th century to the present. In Wagner’s “Parsifal” (Oxford University Press, 2013) he probes issues of genesis and aesthetic meaning as well as ideological and political issues.
For Alfred Brendel, Kinderman is “a very rare bird” as result of his combined piano performance and scholarship. Edward Rothstein, in The New York Times, has praised Kinderman’s “intellectual energy and distinctive insight”; German critic Gerd Kowa has found him “a herald of Beethoven research and interpretation . . . a sovereign artist.” Kinderman’s interpretations of Beethoven’s works have widely influenced the work of others, including Moisés Kaufman’s award-winning play 33 Variations, which reached Broadway in 2009 and many other stages since.
During 2016-17, Kinderman is residing in Vienna, Austria, where he is Visiting Research Professor at the Musik und Kunst Universität and Director’s Fellow at the International Research Center for the Humanities (IFK). He is an advisor to the Wien-Museum for their expansion of the Beethoven-Haus at Heiligenstadt, and is organizing a major conference on Beethoven to take place in Vienna in March 2017. During the coming months he will be giving lecture recitals and other presentations in Vienna, Bonn, Paris, Oslo, Barcelona, Beijing, Shanghai, and other cities.
Kinderman shares his passion for music, writing, and research with his wife Katherine Syer and their two children Anna and Marie, and his older children Laura and Daniel. He enjoys playing squash in his spare time.