His international career began in the 1990s. Until then, his history was unconventional: born in Westphalia, he left Germany at the age of nine to settle in Namibia with his family.
As much as he was fascinated by the culture of southern Africa, he soon understood that his dream to be a pianist could only be realized in Germany.
Returning home at the age of 14 on his own, he started to study under Professor Kretschmar-Fischer at the Detmold musical academy. Additional artistic impulses he took from his intensive cooperation with Murray Perahia, Claudio Arrau and others.
Matthias Kirschnereit - who lives in Hamburg with his family - passes on his artistic ideals and the experience from his international concert activities to future generations as Professor of Music in Rostock. In his spare time, his interests are painting, soccer and Italian cuisine.