Herbert Schuch – Piano


Fri, 27. Mar. 2020 - 8:00 pm,
Jesus-Christus-Kirche, Berlin Dahlem
Piano Recital

Franz Schubert: Leoš Janáček

Schubert: Moments musicaux op. 94 (D 780): No. 1 (Moderato) & 2 (Andantino)
Janáček: On an Overgrown Path No. 1 (Our Evenings) & 2 (A Blown-Away Leaf)
Schubert: No. 3 (Allegretto moderato)
Janáček: No. 3 (Come With Us!) & 4 (The Madonna of Frydek)
Schubert: No. 4 (Moderato)
Janáček: No. 5 (They Chatted like Swallows)
Schubert: No. 5 (Allegro vivace) & nr.6 Allegretto
Janáček: No. 6 (Words Fail!)


Beethoven: Sonata Op. 106 („Hammerklaviersonate“)


1. What is your idea of perfect happiness? My one-month-old daughter is lying next to me and sleeping at the moment. That comes very close to perfect happiness.

2. If you could travel with time, where or when would you go? I’d love to go to Vienna of the 1780s and then experience the next 50 years there….

3. What is your definition of love? Seeing another as they are. Not wanting to change them. Always being curious about the other person. Not being afraid of intensity.

4. What were the biggest challenges for you? Knowing where you want to go with life and art. There are so many forks, and every path is different. Recognizing that you have to find your own way.

5. Name a poet, author, painter and composer whom you particularly like. Heine, Sebald, Rembrandt, Bach.

6. If you were to die and come back as a person or thing, what would it be? Maybe as a caterpillar? Then you would have the option of developing into a butterfly, and the opportunity to see the world from two different perspectives….

7. Which composer or artist of the past would you like to invite for dinner? Beethoven.

8. What is your most valuable possession? I think my sheet music with all my inscriptions are very important to me – they carry my whole past with them.

9. Which piece has changed your life? Brahms’s first symphony, when I first heard it at the age of 13.

10. In your opinion, what is the lowest depth of misery? Honestly, I’ve never thought about that. I hope misery doesn’t come, and if it comes, you just have to get through it….

11. Who are your heroes in real life? My wife. My grandmother-in-law, who has been serving, cooking for and sewing clothes for her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren for 60 years. Single mothers. Mothers of twins.
My piano-hero: still Alfred Brendel.

12. What is your motto? Open your eyes and get to it.


The pianist Herbert Schuch has gained a reputation as being among the most interesting musicians of his generation with his strikingly conceived concert programmes and CD recordings. In 2013, he received the ECHO Klassik award for his recording of the piano concerto by Viktor Ullmann and Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3 with the WDR Sinfonieorchester conducted by Olari Elts. In 2014, he issued the fascinating solo CD “invocation” with works by Bach, Liszt, Messiaen, Murail and Ravel, which engages with the sound of bells. He could be heard with this programme in piano recitals at the Salzburg Festival and the Stuttgart Musikfest, and in the Frauenkirche in Dresden and the Philharmonie in Berlin, among other venues. A piano-duet CD with Gülru Ensari, featuring works by Brahms, Hindemith, Stravinsky and Özkan Manav, was issued in early 2017.

Herbert Schuch has worked with a number of renowned orchestras, including the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, the NHK Symphony Orchestra, Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra under Valery Gergiev, the Residentie Orkest Den Haag, the RAI National Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana, the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra, the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, the Bamberg Symphony, the Dresden Philharmonic and the radio orchestras of hr, MDR, WDR, NDR Hannover and Danish Radio as well as the Camerata Salzburg and the Festival Strings Lucerne.
He appears regularly as guest at important venues and festivals such as the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, the Philharmonie Cologne, the Salzburg Festival, the Festival Radio France Occitanie, the Ruhr Piano Festival, the Rheingau Music Festival, the Kissinger Sommer and the Schumann Festival Düsseldorf. Among the conductors with whom he has enjoyed successful associations are 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.

Highlights of the 2018/19 season are a South American tour with the Dresden Philharmonic (Sanderling), performances and recordings of all Beethoven’s piano concertos in the Grosses Festspielhaus in Salzburg with the Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg, and concerts with the Orchestre National de Belgique (Shelley), the Philharmonic State Orchestra Hamburg (Nagano), the WDR Sinfonieorchester (Saraste), the Deutsche Radio Philharmonie (Venzago), the State Philharmonic of Rhineland-Palatinate and in the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, the Konzerthaus Berlin and at the Schumannfest Düsseldorf.

Herbert Schuch was born in Timișoara, Romania, in 1979. He had his first piano lessons in his native city, before his family moved to Germany in 1988, where he has lived since. He continued his musical studies with Kurt Hantsch and then with Prof. Karl-Heinz Kämmerling at the Mozarteum in Salzburg. Recently, Herbert Schuch has been especially influenced by his encounters and work with Alfred Brendel. He created an international stir when he won three major competitions in just one year: the Casagrande Competition, the London International Piano Competition and the International Beethoven Competition in Vienna.

Herbert Schuch, who as a child himself played violin for 10 years, shares his passion for chamber music on the stage with musicians such as Nicolas Altstaedt, Julia Fischer, Maximilian Hornung, Sebastian Manz and Daniel Müller-Schott.

In addition to his performance activities, Herbert Schuch is also involved in the organization “Rhapsody in School,” founded by Lars Vogt, which promotes classical music education in schools.