Christoph Berner

Since Christoph Berner was awarded prizes for the best interpretation of Mozart and Schumann at the Géza-Anda-Competition 2003, he is regarded as one of the leading pianists of his generation. Born in Vienna, he studied at the University of Music and Dramatic Art of his native town with Imola Joo, Hans Graf and Hans Petermandl. From 1993-95 he studied with Maria Tipo in Fiesole (Italy).

In Austria, the young pianist regularly plays in all major concert halls including the Vienna Musikverein and the Vienna Konzerthaus. His concert tours have taken him to most European countries, as well as Morrocco, Japan, Mexico and to the USA, where he gave a very successful concert at Carnegie Hall in New York.

Christoph Berner has played as a soloist with prestigious orchestras such as: the Orchestre National du Toulouse, the Moscow Tchaikowski Orchestra, Bremen and Dresden Philharmonic, Orquesta de Valencia, Bergen Philharmonic and Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, the Northern Sinfonia, Mahler Chamber Orchestra and the Vienna Chamber Orchestra with conductors Neeme Järvi, Michel Plasson, Vladimir Fedosejev, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Andrew Litton, Thomas Zehetmair, Walter Weller and Dennis Russell-Davies.

One of Berner´s biggest strengths and passions is chamber music: Apart from his cooperation with German tenor Werner Güra his chamber music partners include Heinrich Schiff, Christian Altenburger and Ernst Kovacic. Christoph Berner´s first solo CD, released in autumn 1999, is exclusively dedicated to the piano works of Robert Schumann, a second one with Mozart´s last piano works was released in 2005. His recordings with Werner Güra for harmonia mundi  include CD Schöne Wiege meiner Leiden with lieder of Clara & Robert Schumann and Johannes Brahms, Schubert´s Schwanengesang and Winterreise, Mozart Lieder and solo piano pieces as well as Brahms Liebesliederwalzer (together with Marlis Petersen, Stella Doufexis and Konrad Jarnot), all of which have been awarded the “Diapason d´or”.