BiographyChristian Altenburger studied at the Music University of his hometown Vienna and Dorothy DeLay at the Juilliard School New York.
With 19 years he made his debut as a soloist in the Wiener Musikverein. Shortly followed engagements with international top orchestras such as the Berliner Philharmoniker, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam, the Staatskapelle Dresden, the London Symphony Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, the NHK Orchestra Tokyo, the Vienna Philharmonic and the Vienna Symphony Orchestra under conductors like Claudio Abbado, Christoph von Dohnányi, Bernard Haitink, James Levine, Lorin Maazel, Zubin Mehta, Václáv Neumann, Dennis Russell Davies, Wolfgang Sawallisch, and Franz Welser-Möst.
In addition to his solo career, chamber music has become a special focus of his artistic work. Christian Altenburger not only loves to perform with colleagues and friends like Silke Avenhaus, Patrick Demenga, Ralf Gothoni, Heinz Holliger, Kim Kashkashian, Michel Lethiec, Arto Noras, Christoph Schiller, Melvyn Tan, Lars Anders Tomter, but is also involved in the planning profiled programs. From 1999 - 2005 he acted together with the actress Julia Stemberger as artistic director of the Festival Mondseetage.
Since 2003, he has been responsible for the artistic direction of the Schwäbischer Frühling Chamber Music Festival, and since 2006 he has been Artistic Director of the Loisiarte Festival, where he also defined the program concept.
Recordings for the labels Classic Amadeo, CPO, Guild, Japan Victor, Oehm's Classics, ORF, Pro Arte and Sony document the artist's diverse repertoire. After many years as a professor at the University of Music Hannover, Christian Altenburger 2001 was appointed professor at the University of Music Vienna.
Christian Altenburger studied at the University of Music in his hometown of Vienna and with Dorothy DeLay at the Juilliard School in New York.
At 19, he made his debut as a soloist at the Vienna Musikverein. The Philharmonic Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, the London Symphony Orchestra, the Amsterdam Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra and the Vienna Symphony Orchestra under Claudio Abbado, Dennis Russel Davies, Christoph by Dohnányi, Bernard Haitink, James Levine, Lorin Maazel, Zubin Mehta, Václáv Neumann, Sir Roger Norrington, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Franz Welser-Möst and others.
In addition to his appearances as a soloist, chamber music has become an important aspect of his artistic work. His chamber music partners include; Bruno Canino, Patrick Demenga, Heinz Holliger, Nobuko Imai, Kim Kashkashian, Reinhard Latzko, Michele Lethiec, Melvyn Tan, Lars Anders Tomter and Lars Vogt.
Since 2003, Christian Altenburger has been Artistic Director of the Swabian Spring Music Festival whose architecturally attractive concert venues in Southern Germany offer an ideal ambiance for chamber music as well as Symphony Orchestra concerts.
In 2006 Altenburger became Artistic Director of the Loisiarte Festival in Langenlois, Austria. The festival takes place in the extraordinary surroundings of the Loisium designed by architect Steven Holl. Altenburger's strong advocacy for the performance of contemporary music has been published by Theodor Berger, Bert Breit, Gottfried von Einem, Wilhelm Killmayer, Thomas Larcher, Witold Lutoslawski, Werner Pirchner and Kurt Schwertsik.
For many years, Christian Altenburger held a professorship at the Hannover University of Music. In 2001, he was appointed a professor at the Vienna University of Music.