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Herbert Schuch


Herbert Schuch was born in Temesvar, Romania, in 1979. After starting with piano lessons at an early age in his home town, he emigrated with his family to Germany in 1988, where he still resides. He continued his musical studies with Kurt Hantsch and Prof. Karl-Heinz Kämmerling at the Mozarteum Salzburg. In the recent past, Herbert Schuch has been particularly influenced by his encounters and work with Alfred Brendel. He attracted international attention when he won three important piano competitions – the Casagrande Competition, the London International Piano Competition, and the International Beethoven Piano Competition in Vienna – within the space of a single year.

Alongside his performing duties, Herbert Schuch has been active for some time in the Rhapsody in School organisation, founded by Lars Vogt, which is committed to bringing classical music to schools.

Herbert Schuch is recognised as one of the most interesting musicians of his generation by virtue of his sophisticated programmes and recordings. In 2013, he received the ECHO Klassik award for his recording of Viktor Ullmann's Piano Concerto and Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 3, together with the WDR Symphony Orchestra conducted by Olari Elts. In 2012, he was already awarded with an ECHO Klassik in the category 'Chamber Music Recording Of The Year' for his CD featuring quintets for piano and winds by Beethoven and Mozart. 2014 saw the release of his highly acclaimed solo CD Invocation, a thematic exploration of the sound of bells, with works by Bach, Liszt, Messiaen, Murail and Ravel. Festivals and venues where he performed this recital include the Salzburger Festspiele, Musikfest Stuttgart, the Frauenkirche Dresden and the Philharmonie Berlin.

His piano duo CD Go East!, with Gülru Ensari, featuring works by Brahms, Hindemith, Stravinsky and Özkan Manav, was released in early 2017.