Christian Dierstein has established himself among the most interesting performers in the contemporary 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 Nicolas 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” from 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’Autome Paris, IRCAM Paris, Rome, Salzburg Festival, Schleswig Holstein Festival, Suntory Hall Tokyo, Wien Modern, Wittener Tage für neue Kammermusik, Zürich Festival für neue Musik and many others.
He has recorded for several labels including Kairos, col legno, Stradivarius, Winter & Winter, neon and his recordings have been the recipients of numerous awards.
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 and 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, Genf, Madrid, Moskau, New York, Oslo, Peking, Valencia, Tiflis and others. Since 2008 he is one of the percussion tutor of the Darmstädter summer courses, since 2011 he is working as percussion tutor of the Impuls academy in Graz, since 2014 he is a regular guest teacher in Madrid and 2017 tutor of the Lucerne academy.
As of May 2020