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Pianist Claus-Christian Schuster was born in Vienna in 1952. He studied in Vienna, Bloomington/USA, and at the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory, with his father, with Wilhelm Huebner, Hans Graf, Dieter Weber and Vera Gornostayeva. His encounter with Wilhelm Kempff in Positano, Italy, left an indelible impression upon him. He won awards at several international piano and chamber music competitions, performing as a soloist until 1984. That same year he founded the Vienna Schubert Trio, a regular guest at the most important music centers and renowned chamber music festivals

( Musikverein/Vienna] – with their own cycle since 1988; Salzburg Festival, [ Teatro alla Scala/Milan], La Fenice/Venice; [ Concertgebouw Amsterdam, etc.). After the Vienna Schubert Trio ceased to exist in 1993, he founded the Altenberg Trio Wien together with Amiram Ganz and Martin Hornstein (replaced by Alexander Gebert in 2004), thus continuing and even intensifying his international chamber music activities.

Between 1976 and 1986 Claus-Christian Schuster taught at the Vienna Musikhochschule. In addition to performing widely, he is, together with his colleagues, at this point running a series of seminars for chamber music majors at the Conservatory Vienna as well as master classes in Europe an the U.S.