Percussionist Christian Dierstein is an internationally renowned New Music specialist, who performs frequently at international festivals and important concert halls. Over the course of his career he has premiered numerous recordings for radio and on CD. Christian Dierstein was appointed professor for percussion at the Hochschule für Musik in Basel in 2001. He has lectured at the Darmstadt International Summer Courses for New Music and has held master classes from Buenos Aires to Beijing. The percussionist, who has been awarded multiple prizes, has played in ensemble recherche since 1988. He founded the trio accanto with soloists Yukiko Sugawara and Marcus Weiss in 1994. In addition to New Music, Christian Dierstein has focused on non-European music and free improvisation.