Till Engel was born in Basel in 1951. The "Lexikon des Klaviers" (Laaber Verlag, 2006) describes him as a "proponent of a piano aesthetic that places special emphasis on the intellectual penetration of the work against the backdrop of a fine-tuned tonality".
Engel studied in Hanover under professors Berhardt Ebert (piano), Heinrich Sutermeister (composition), Wilhelm Kempff and Alfred Brendel. He was awarded a number of prizes, including the Silver Medal at the prestigious Concours de Genève. His career as a concert pianist has taken him all over Europe, the Middle East, North America and, in 2006, to China for the first time.
Till Engel has been a professor at the Folkwang University of the Arts in Essen since 1975 and regularly teaches master classes all over the world. He is also a popular jury member at national and international competitions. Moreover, he has recorded a number of CDs, in particular during broadcasted concerts. His large, versatile repertoire includes contemporary music and focuses on works by Franz Schubert.