Born in 1965. Christian Dierstein studied under Bernhard Wulff at the Freiburg Musikhochschule and under Gaston Sylvestre in Paris. He is the winner of numerous competitions and received scholarships from the Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes and the Akademie Schloß Solitude, Stuttgart.
He is the percussionist of the ensemble recherche since 1988. Together with Marcus Weiss and Nic Hodges he forms the trio accanto. In addition to his performances of new music, he has focused on non-European music and free improvisation.
In the season 2010/11 he was one of the “Rising Stars” from the European Concert Hall Organisation. His solo appearance with various orchestras takes him around the world.He has recorded for several labels including Kairos, col legno, Stradivarius, Winter & Winter, neon and his recordings have been the recipients of numerous awards.
Christian Dierstein works together regularly with several of the greatest living composers, figures such as Hans Abrahamsen, Beat Furrer, Hugues Dufourt, Helmut Lachenmann, Rebecca Saunders, Salvatore Sciarrino.
Since 2001 he is Professor for percussion and new chamber music at the Hochschule für Musik in Basel, Switzerland. He gave masterclasses in Buenos Aires, Berlin, Chicago, Los Angeles, Geneva, Madrid, Moskau, New York, Oslo, Peking, Valencia, Tiflis and others. Since 2011 he is the percussion tutor of the Impuls academy in Graz, since 2014 regular guest teacher in Madrid and 2017 tutor of the Luzern academy.
In 2018 he wrote a book about the techniques of playing percussion with a main focus on mallets, Implements and applications (edition Bärenreiter)
Since 2008 he is one of the percussion tutors of the Darmstadt Summer Course.