The German pianist, Wolf Harden, is the son of a piano teacher and a musicologist. He studied at the Detmold Music Academy.
Wolf Harden made his Berlin debut to critical acclaim in 1982. He can be regarded as one of the most versatile pianists of his generation. His interest in chamber music led him, in 1980, to found, with two friends the Trio Fontenay, an ensemble that has won various awards and with which he has toured to all the worlds major music centres. Harden devotes himself not only to chamber music but also, with the same success, to the solo piano repertoire. His concert tours have taken him to South America and India as well as to countries throughout Europe, and his special affinity. He has collaborated with singers, including Juliane Banse, Wolfgang Holzmair and Theo Adam, and with many instrumentalists, among them Kolja Blacher, Michael Goldstein, Kim Kashkashian and Giora Feidman.
Wolf Harden's unusual repertoire is attested by numerous recordings. For Naxos/Marco Polo he has recorded Pfitzner's Piano Concerto, the first to do so, and the piano music of Ferruccio Busoni. He has also recorded piano music by Ernö Dohnányi, and a sonata by Franz Lehár.