Clemens Rave studied in Detmold, Freiburg and London with Gregor Weichert, Vitaly Margulis and Peter Feuchtwanger, benefitting from further creative input from Conrad Hansen and Sergiu Celibidache.
Rave’s favourite repertoire – alongside solo and chamber music – is contemporary music. He has premiered numerous works in collaboration with composers such as Helmut Lachenmann, Edisson Denisov, Jo Kondo and Luca Lombardi.
Clemens Rave has played at many renowned European and US music festivals including The International Festival Istanbul, Tanglewood Festival Boston, the MDR Music Festival Dresden, the Music Festival of Bremen, the Beethoven Festival in Bonn, plus many more and has already worked prominent conductors such as Daniel Harding, Thomas Hengelbrock, Kent Nagano, Jukka Pekka Saraste, Heinz Hollinger and Josep Pons,
In addition to numerous recordings with WDR, NDR, Deutschland Funk and Radio Bremen, Clemens Rave has also recorded several CDs of solo and chamber music works, including ›Das Klavierwerk Jehan Alain‹ (complete recording, musicom), Clemens Rave: A Portrait (musicom) and Folk-Inspired Works for Piano Duo by Percy Grainger with Caroline Weichert (Naxos).
Clemens Rave is Professor at the Music College Munster, part of the Westphalian Wilhelms University.