Stefan Arnold was born in 1963 in Würzburg, began his piano studies in 1982 at the Music University of Würzburg with Kirsti Hjort and won in the same year the 1st prize at the competition organized by the university. Strating with 1983 he studied with Hans Leygraf at the University of Music from Hannover, Salzburg and Berlin. He was both a scholarship holder of the German Studying Foundation (Deutsche Studienstiftung) and of the „Oscar und Vera Ritter“ foundation and granted the highest distinction for all his graduation examinations. In Austria he was awarded the prize for “Outstanding Young Artist of The Year” by the Ministry of Culture.
Arnold has won numerous international prizes like the 1st prize in Senigallia, the Special Distinction in Dublin and was a laureate of the German Music Competition in Bonn for which he was chosen by the German state to perform twice in the „Concerts of The Young Artists“ – national concert series. After he won the 1st prize in the Bösendorfer competition in 1988, Arnold was invited as a regular guest in some of the most prestigious concert halls (Tonhalle Zürich, Philharmonie Berlin, Stockholm Concert Hall, Tivoli- Concert Hall Copenhagen, Festspielhaus Salzburg, Musikverein and Konzerthaus Wien and many more) and festivals throughout the world. He also toured Japan (Suntory-Hall and Bunko Kaikan in Tokyo and Symphony-Hall in Osaka), North and South America (Palacio de las Bellas Artes in Mexico-City, Teatro Opera in Buenos Aires).
He has played alongside orchestras from Berlin, Stuttgart, Hamburg, Vienna, Salzburg, Belgium, Stockholm, Helsingborg, New York, Singapore together with conductors like Matthias Bamert, Eduardo Garcia Barrios, Okko Kamu, Arild Remmereit, Jonathan Seers, Yuri Simonov, Radoslaw Szulc, Jeffrey Tate and Kaspar Zehnder.
Stefan Arnold has made recordings on the Harmonia Mundi and Ambitus labels. Since he became an exclusive Ambitus artist, this collaboration has produced eleven recordings with works by Liszt, Brahms, Schubert, Beethoven, Mozart, Schumann, Debussy, Berg and Schoenberg, including Mozart’s Piano Concertos Nos. 12 and 14. The Bavarian Broadcasting Company is a co-producer of these CD’s.
Since 2004 Arnold was appointed professor for piano at the University of Music and Performing Arts of Vienna. 2015 he additionally got a professorship at the “Hanns Eisler” University in Berlin.