Herbert Schuch was born in Temesvar (Romania) in 1979. After early piano lessons in his home town, he emigrated with his family in 1988 to Germany, where he now lives. He continued his musical studies with Kurt Hantsch and then with 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.
Since then he has worked with such orchestras as the hr Symphony Orchestra, the German Radio Philharmonic of Saarbrücken and Kaiserslautern, the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the London Mozart Players, Camerata Salzburg, the Vienna RSO, the State Philharmonic of the Rhineland Palatinate, the Orchestre National de Lyon, the Orchestre National de Lille, the MDR Symphony Orchestra, the Konzerthaus Orchestra of Berlin, the Dresden Philharmonic, the WDR Symphony Orchestra of Cologne, the Düsseldorf Symphony Orchestra and the NDR Radio Philharmonic of Hanover.
He makes regular guest appearances at festivals such as the Rheingau Music Festival, the Bad Kissingen Summer Festival, the Stuttgart Music Festival and the Piano Festival of the Ruhr. In the 2010/11 season he made debut recitals in the Vienna Konzerthaus, at the Stuttgart Music Festival, in the Düsseldorf Tonhalle and at the Cologne Philharmonie.
His interest in chamber music, stimulated by his childhood training on the violin, is something he shares with such musicians as Adrian Brendel, Mirijam Contzen, Veronika Eberle, Julia Fischer, Marie-Elisabeth Hecker, Sebastian Klinger, Alina Pogostkin and Martin Spangenberg. After standing in at short notice at the 2010 Festival, Herbert Schuch was invited to perform at the opening concert of this year’s Salzburg Festival, where he appeared with such musicians as Renaud Capuçon, Antoine Tamestit, Clemens Hagen, Magali Mosnier, Albrecht Mayer, Martin Grubinger and Sebastian Manz.
The 2011/2012 season will for the first time take the pianist to the Schubertiade in Hohenems, the Würzburg Mozart Festival, the Heidelberg Spring Festival, the Paris Louvre and the Baden-Baden Festival Hall. Herbert Schuch will be returning to the Stuttgart Liederhalle, the Herkulessaal in Munich and the Vienna Konzerthaus for piano recitals. He will make his debut in the Glocke concert hall in Bremen as soloist with the Bremen Philharmonic under the direction of Markus Poschner and will appear in the Leipzig Gewandhaus with the MDR Symphony Orchestra under Jun Märkl. The artist will be making his debut in the Essen Philharmonie with the WDR Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Kristjan Järvi.
The OehmsClassics label has now released five albums with Herbert Schuch, in which the pianist dedicates himself to his prime interests: Schumann, Ravel and Schubert recur in his concept albums – such as “Nachtstücke” (night pieces) and “Sehnsuchtswalzer” (waltzes of yearning) – along with Holliger and Lachenmann. A forthcoming CD release will feature him in Beethoven’s Third Piano Concerto coupled with the Piano Concerto by Viktor Ullmann, together with the WDR Symphony Orchestra conducted by Olari Elts.
Alongside his concert work, 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.