Matthias Kirschnereit was born in Westphalia, Germany, but grew up in Namibia. He studied with Renate Kretschmar-Fischer and was strongly influenced as an artist by his long-standing associations with Claudio Arrau, Bruno Leonardo Gelber, Oleg Maisenberg, and Murray Perahia. He is one of the leading German pianists of his generation. His recording of Mozart's complete piano concertos with the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra for the Mozart Year in 2006 was enthusiastically received worldwide. The headline in the Neue Zürcher Zeitung read "Matthias Kirschnereit Is the Discovery of the Mozart Year." Engagements throughout the world have led to collaborations with renowned orchestras and conductors. Matthias Kirschnereit also enjoys performing chamber music. a welcome source of enrichment and inspiration for him, with such partners as violinist Christian Tetzlaff, the Artemis and Szymanowski Quartets, and the Trio Mirabeau. Since 1997 Matthias Kirschnereit has been a professor at the University of Music and Theatre in Rostock. He lives in Hamburg and devotes his leisure time to painting, architecture, Italian cooking, and soccer. Future Engagements A recording of Mendelssohn's complete piano works and the world premiere of the composer's reconstructed E minor Piano Concerto are planned in the near future. Matthias Kirschnereit will also appear as soloist during a tour with the Austro-Hungarian Haydn Philharmonic under Christopher Hogwood, performing Mendelssohn's Piano Concerto No. 1.