Claus-Christian Schuster, piano
Claus-Christian Schuster (b. Vienna 1952) studied in Vienna, Bloomington, and at the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory with his father, Wilhelm Huebner, Hans Graf, Dieter Weber and Vera Gornostayeva. His meeting with Wilhelm Kempff in Positano has been a lasting influence on his musical development. A prize winner of numerous international competitions he appeared frequently as a soloist before founding the Vienna Schubert Trio (with Boris Kuschnir and Martin Hornstein) in 1984. In 1993, when Mr. Kuschnir was replaced by Amiram Ganz, the Trio took the name of Altenberg Trio. From 1987 through 2012, when he retired, Mr. Schuster programmed the annual concert series of his trio, which was (and continues to be) the Trio-in-Residence of the Vienna Musikverein. The recordings of the Altenberg Trio (Challenge Records) received the Schumann Prize (Zwickau 1999) and an Edison Award (Amsterdam 2000).