Guests from Overseas to the Faculty of Music 01: Christine Schornsheim


About Professor Christine Schornsheim

  • Prof. Schornsheim is a professor of fortepiano at the University of Music and Performing Arts (Munich Hochschule für Musik) in Munich, Germany.
  • She was invited to teach at TUA between April 7 – 14, 2017

While teaching at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Munich, Prof. Schornsheim have appeared at major music festivals across Europe as a player of cembalo (harpsichord) and fortepiano, which include an accompaniment on the fortepiano for Peter Schreier in 1994. Prof. Schornsheim has also served as a jury member at numerous competitions since 1992. She became a member of the Münchner Cammer-Music ensemble in 2003.

Awarded recordings as a soloist and a basso continuo player

  • The Echo Klassik award for the recording of three cembalo concertos by C. P. E. Bach, W. Fr. Bach and J. Chr. Bach released on the Capriccio record label (1999)
  • Several prestigious awards including the awards of Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik, Echo Klassik, and the Diapason d’or for the recording of the complete piano works of Haydn performed on the five historical keyboard instruments, released by the Capriccio/WDR (2005)
  • Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik, Echo Klassik, and the Diapason d’or for the recording of W. A. Mozart works with Andreas Staier on a 1777 Andreas Stein instrument that combines cembalo and fortepiano, released on the Harmonia Mundi France record label (2007)

Special lessons offered as a visiting professor of Geidai (TUA)

As the first guest to the Faculty of Music in the academic year of 2017, Prof. Schornsheim taught at TUA from April 7 to April 14, 2017. During her stay, she conducted some master classes for students of the Early Music course in the Department of Instrument Music.

Solo lessons of cembalo and fortepiano were also offered to undergraduate and graduate students as well as students in the Practical Music Course.
In addition, in the morning of April 14, an ensemble lesson was offered for graduate students of baroque vocal and baroque violin as part of the Special Studies on the Early Music I class.

Each student received two solo lessons that exactly corresponded to his or her needs. Following is the comment of a graduate student in cembalo, who felt changes in her performance after attending the solo lessons.

“Prof. Schornsheim told me that I should always remember the original sound of each German word. She said ‘the sound of Blume, which means flower in German, is always soft and mild. In contrast, Krieg, or war, sounds so strong and dirty, doesn’t it?’ I was completely amazed to realize how different the sounds were; the difference of each sound, the difference of the stressed and non-stressed syllables, and the difference of the depth that each vowel has. The difference was more distinctive that I thought it would be. These findings gave my performance a certain depth. She said with a smile ‘Understanding of the differences will make your performance more convincing.’”

The first day of the master classes was Prof. Schornsheim’s birthday.

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