"A Protagonist [...] who certainly belongs to the most interesting phenomenons among the top international pianists of our time." (Süddeutsche Zeitung, 11.10.16)
Herbert Schuch is recognized as one of the most interesting musicians of his generation by virtue of his sophisticated programs 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.
At the beginning of 2017 his Piano Duo CD with Gülru Ensari featuring works by Brahms, Hindemith, Stravinsky and Özkan Manav was released.
Herbert Schuch has worked with orchestras such as the London Philharmonic Orchestra, NHK Symphony Orchestra, Camerata Salzburg, Residentie Orkest Den Haag, Bamberger Symphoniker, Dresden Philharmonie, and the radio symphony orchestras of HR,MDR, WDR, NDR Hannover, and DR (Danmarks Radio). He is a regular guest at festivals such as Kissinger Sommer, Rheingau Musik Festival, Klavier-Festival Ruhr, and Salzburger Festspiele. He collaborated with conductors Pierre Boulez, Andrey Boreyko, Douglas Boyd, Lawrence Foster, Eivind Gullberg Jensen, Jakub Hrusa, Jun Märkl, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Jonathan Nott, Markus Poschner, Michael Sanderling and Alexander Vedernikov.
Last season (15/16) saw Herbert Schuch performing as a soloist with the Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra under the baton of Valery Gergiev in the Münchner Gasteig, the DSO Berlin in the Berlin Philharmonie, the Camerata Salzburg, the Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana and on an European tour with the Bundesjugendorchester. He also gave his debuts at Washington's Kennedy Center and at the Salzburger Osterfestspiele.
This season (16/17) he will be performing with the Münchner Philharmoniker, the Dresdner Philharmoniker, City of Birmingham Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Orchestra Rai Torino, as well as in recitals in Berlin, Cologne, Salzburg, Brussels and Milan, and at festivals including the MiTo Festival in Italy, Kissinger Sommer and the Kasseler Musiktage.
As a child, Herbert Schuch played violin for ten years and has been an enthusiastic chamber musician ever since: in the summer of 2017 he will tour as part of a trio with Julia Fischer and Daniel Müller-Schott.
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 in 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” organization founded by Lars Vogt, which is committed to bringing classical music into schools.