Lucian Plessner has taught himself to play the classical guitar and gave his first solo recital at he age of 15. He then studied in the guitar class of Prof. Sasaki and received additional instructions in the violin class of Igor Ozim and the Amadeus Quartet at the Musikhochschule Cologne, Germay.
After his university studies he lived five years in Córdoba, Andalusia where he earned international attention, when a Spanish concert agency arranged a countrywide concert tour of guitar recitals for him - a remarkable tribute for a foreign virtuoso. Alexis Weissenberg recommended him to Alicia de Larrocha, with whom he worked on his entire Spanish concert repertoire.
At the age of 18 Lucian Plessner was invited by living legend of Argentinian folklore Eduardo Falú to join him on a concert tour in Europe where he received ‘the best insight into Argentinian music possible’. 20 years later he honored this extraordinary experience recording the maestro’s arrangements (CD Folklore Virtuoso, acoustic music, Germany).
He has performed from San Francisco to Moscow, and has played in prestigious concert halls like the Musikhalle Hamburg, and the Konzerthaus Vienna. From 1996 on he has been invited to Moscow six times to events such as the "Ernst Lubitsch Retrospective" at the Film Museum, where he accompanied the silent film "Carmen" live, or the Festival "Moscow Autumn" performing exclusively contemporary music. In St. Petersburg he gave the first solo recital ever in the famous Smolny Cathedral.
Lucian Plessner, encouraged and authorized by the great master himself, created a sensation with his arrangements of music by Leonard Bernstein, featuring pieces from West Side Story, MASS, Candide and others for solo guitar (CD Bernstein on Guitar, cpo/DeutschlandRadio).
In 1994 he performed this repertoire for Lord Yehudi Menuhin in person at his birthday celebration. In the same year he appeared in international festivals such as the "Kfar Blum Chamber music Festival, Israel", and the "Settimani Musicali di Stresa e del Lago Maggiore" where he shared the platform with renowned artists like Vladimir Ashkenazy, Shlomo Mintz and Mstislav Rostropovich.
With his unconventional concert programs Lucian Plessner represents highly original interpretations to the music world:
All Bach Recital the entire lute work by Johann Sebastian Bach in one night.
With actor Klaus Maria Brandauer (American Academy Award for Mephisto) he performed a series of Literature-Music-Dialog recitals such as:
"Platero and I" an Andalusian elegy for narrator and guitar
"Ein Atheist von Gottes Ganden" (An Atheist of God’s Mercy) from the memoirs of Luis Buñuel
"Halifax and Biwifax" an unconventional Christmas program (Klaus Maria Brandauer starred in European productions like the Istvan Szabo trilogy Mephisto, Oberst Redl, Hanussen, US: 007 Never Say Never, Out of Africa, The Russia House and many others)
Inkaflute and Bach Tour Germany fall 2004.
Arrangements of Argentinian music and Bach for guitar, sikus, quena and charango with virtuoso Raúl Olarte from Buenos Aires
Lichtkonzert mit Bach
The Lute work by Johann Sebastian Bach with a light chorography designed by Tom Brigham, New York (winner of the American Academy Award) premiered at Historische Stadthalle Wuppertal, Germany on May 9th 2006
In October 2006 Lucian Plessner gave a recital at the Harvard University festival Boston To Broadway dedicated to Leonard Bernstein, and at the German Consulate General in New York City.
He gave a master class on light and image design in combination with music in performance at SVA, School for Visual Arts, New York.
With It Must Be So Lucian Plessner created a new concert format – recital and narration – featuring the life and work of Leonard Bernstein. This program was premiered by the America House, Cologne on Leonard Bernstein’s 90th birthday 2008.
In January 2009 he premiered the Fantasy for Guitar and Chamber Orchestra and Band, composed for him by Martin Doepke, Cologne.
In 2010 Boosey&Hawkes published Lucian Plessner and Andreas Kowalewitz’ arrangement of Leonard Bernstein’s Suite from West Side Story for guitar and small orchestra
March 31st 2011 Argentinian musical reading with singer and actress Katja Ebstein featuring music by Gabriel Pérez composed for Lucian Plessner
On April 3 2011 WDR National Broadcast Cologne, Germany produced his Leonard Bernstein program It Must Be So (Radio City Hall, live recording)
March 2012 Ramdom House, Germany published The Wandering Tower, writings by Sergei Prokofiev, discovered, translated and edited by Lucian Plessner.
In addition Prokofiev’s heirs granted permission to Mr. Plessner to transcribe and perform the music by Sergei Prokofiev. Lucian Plessner has performed his recital-narration program featuring the writings and music of the composer at numerous occasions, among them the German broadcast festival SWR Literaturnacht, Mainz in 2011, the LitCologne in 2012 and the Beethovenfest Bonn in 2013.
October 2014, recitals in Argentina - Buenos Aires and Moisés Ville at the 125th anniversary celebration, supported by the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs
2015 Leonard Bernstein commemoration recitals in Hong Kong Nov. 4 and 6
2016 second premiere of Stephen Dodgson Guitar Concerto no.2 with Philharmonisches Orchester Plauen-Zwickau, Germany, Nov 3 and 4