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Dierstein, Christian (Percussion)

Born in 1965, Christian Dierstein has established himself among the most interesting performers in the contempory music of our time. He studied under Bernhard Wulff at the Freiburg Musikhochschule and under Gaston Sylvestre in Paris. He is the winner of numerous competitions and received scholarships from the Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes and the Akademie Schloß Solitude in Stuttgart. He is the percussionist of the ensemble recherche since 1988. Together with Marcus Weiss and Nic Hodges he forms the Trio Accanto. In addition to his performances of new music, he has focused on non-European music and free improvisation.


He has given solo concerts throughout Europe. In the season 2010/11 he was one of the "Rising Stars" of the European Concert Hall Organisation. Important appearances include: Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Athens, Berliner Festspiele, Brussel Festival, Donaueschinger Musiktage, Huddersfield Festival, Lucerne Festival, Monday evening concerts Los Angeles, Rachmaninov Hall Moskau, Festival d'Automne Paris, Ircam Paris, Rome, Salzburg Festival, Schleswig Holstein Musikfestival, Suntory Hall Tokyo, Wien Modern, Wittener Tage für neue Kammermusik, Zürich Festival für neue Musik and others. He has recorded for several labels including Kairos, col legno, Stradivarius, Winter & Winter, Neos and many of these CDs have been awarded prices.


Christian Dierstein works together regulary with several of the greatest living composers, figures such as Hans Abrahamsen, Beat Furrer, Hugues Dufourt, Helmut Lachenmann, Rebecca Saunders, Salvatore Sciarrino. Since 2001 he is Professor for percussion and new chamber music at the Hochschule für Musik in Basel, Switzerland. He gave masterclasses in Buenos Aires, Berlin, Chicago, Los Angeles, Geneva, Madrid, Moskau, New York, Oslo, Peking, Valencia, Tiflis and Graz.

Since 2008 he is one of the percussion tutors of the Darmstadt Summer Course.

Photo: Thomas Hammelmann
Website Christian Dierstein

Born in 1965, Christian Dierstein has established himself among the most interesting performers in the contempory music of our time. He studied under Bernhard Wulff at the Freiburg Musikhochschule and under Gaston Sylvestre in Paris. He is the winner of numerous competitions and received scholarships from the Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes and the Akademie Schloß Solitude in Stuttgart. He is the percussionist of the ensemble recherche since 1988. Together with Marcus Weiss and Nic Hodges he forms the Trio Accanto. In addition to his performances of new music, he has focused on non-European music and free improvisation.

Christian Dierstein (left) teaching in Darmstadt 2010, Photo: Anja Trautmann
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