Christopher Hinterhuber

Biography

Born: 1973; Klangenfurt  
Christopher Hinterhuber has successfully etched out a career as a specialist in the byways of the keyboard repertory. One finds works by Hummel and the piano concertos of Ferdinand Ries in his discography, along with other lesser known fare. And when the name of, say, Schubert appears on his recordings, it is in the genre of his four-hand compositions, not the sonatas or impromptus. Not that Hinterhuber eschews the staples of keyboard literature Read more in the concert hall: as both a recitalist and soloist he plays a vast array of works by Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven, Schubert (yes, the sonatas), Mussorgsky, Rachmaninov, Schoenberg, Ravel, Prokofiev, Messiaen, and many others. Having made his official debut with the orchestra only in 1999, however, it is easy to understand why he has yet to record anything approaching warhorse status. He has generally garnered critical acclaim for both his live performances and recordings, and it is likely his star will continue to rise. Hinterhuber has recorded exclusively for the Naxos label.

Hinterhuber was born in Klagenfurt, Austria, in 1973. His first advanced studies were at Vienna's University for Music and Performing Arts, where his piano teachers included Rudolf Kehrer, Axel Papenberg, Avo Kouyoumdjian, and Heinz Medjimorec. He took further keyboard instruction in Imola, Italy, at the Accademia Pianistica under Lazar Berman, Louis Lortie, and Alexander Longquich. But his list of teachers/mentors does not stop there: Hinterhuber later took master classes from Dmitri Bashkirov, Oleg Maisenberg, and Murray Perahia. Hinterhuber launched his international career in the 1990s, and for his orchestral debut in March 1999 he performed the Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No. 2 at the Musikverein in Vienna, with Yakov Kreizberg conducting.

Hinterhuber placed high in (or won) a spate of competitions around the turn of the century, including the Leipzig-based J.S. Bach Competition, the Concours Geza Anda in Zurich (2000), and the International Beethoven Competition in Vienna (2001). For the popular French/Austrian film La pianiste, he ghost-played works by Schubert, Rachmaninov, and Schoenberg. The film received the Grand Prix at the 2001 Cannes Film Festival.

In 2003 Naxos released Hinterhuber's first recording, a disc of four-hand music by Schubert, with pianist Rico Gulda. Among Hinterhuber's recordings is a 2007 disc of Hummel works for piano and orchestra, which includes the Fantasy for Piano and Orchestra, Op. 116, "Oberons Zauberhorn." Read less
Hummel: Oberon's Magic Horn, Etc / Grodd, Hinterhuber, Et Al
Release Date: 11/20/2007   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8557845   Number of Discs: 1
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Ries: Piano Concertos Vol 1 / Hinterhuber, Et Al
Release Date: 11/15/2005   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8557638   Number of Discs: 1
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C. P. E. Bach: Sonatas And Rondos / Hinterhuber
Release Date: 01/17/2006   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8557450   Number of Discs: 1
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Ries: Piano Concertos Vol 2 / Hinterhuber, Grodd, Gavle Symphony
Release Date: 09/25/2007   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8557844   Number of Discs: 1
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Zemlinsky: Cello Sonata, Trio/ Müller, Ottensamer, Hinterhuber
Release Date: 04/29/2008   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8570540   Number of Discs: 1
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Biography

Born: 1973; Klangenfurt  
Christopher Hinterhuber has successfully etched out a career as a specialist in the byways of the keyboard repertory. One finds works by Hummel and the piano concertos of Ferdinand Ries in his discography, along with other lesser known fare. And when the name of, say, Schubert appears on his recordings, it is in the genre of his four-hand compositions, not the sonatas or impromptus. Not that Hinterhuber eschews the staples of keyboard literature Read more
WORKS ALBUMS
TITLE/COMPOSER
LABEL
I. Sinfonia
II. Allemande
III. Courante
IV. Sarabande
V. Rondeaux
VI. Capriccio
I. Moderato
II. Allegretto
No. 1. Danse russe (Russian Dance)
No. 2. Chez Petrouchka (Petrushka's Cell)
No. 3. La semaine grasse (The Shrove-tide Fair)
I. Allegro amabile e grazioso
II. Romanza
III. Rondo
I. Allegro
II. Largo con molto espressione
III. Finale: Vivace
Introduction: Cantabile
Thema: Quasi allegretto
Variation 1
Variation 2
Variation 3
Variation 4
Variation 5
Variation 6
Variation 7: Finale - Rondo
I. Allegro
II. Adagio
III. Andantino grazioso
IV. Allegro
I. Allegro ma non troppo
II. Andante
III. Allegro
I. Andante
II. Menuetto
III. Rondo: Allegretto
No. 1. Humoreske
No. 2. Lied
No. 3. Tarantell
I. Mit Leidenschaft
II. Andante
III. Allegretto
I. Allegro ma non troppo
II. Andante
III. Allegro
I. Allegro assai
II. Poco adagio
III. Allegro
I. Allegro di molto
II. Andante
III. Allegretto
I. Allegro con moto
II. Larghetto con moto
III. Rondo: Allegro molto
I. Allegro con spirito
II. Larghetto quasi andante
III. Rondo: Allegro vivace