Born in Oldenburg/Germany. Studied with the Feuermann
pupil Heinrich Schüchner in Hamburg and with Zara Nelsova in New York.
Further artistic inspiration from Gaspar Cassado, Pablo
Casals, Sir Yehudi Menuhin and Rudolf Serkin.
After winning the highest national competition, winner of
the ARD competition Munich (1967), UNESCO competition Paris (1970) and Maurice
Loeb New York (1968).
Career start with Brahms Double Concerto and Yehudi
Since then concert performances with many leading
orchestras of Europe under well-known conductors including A.Dorati, M. Rossi, H. Schmidt-Isserstedt, St.
Skrowaczewski, P. Dervaux, Sir Charles Groves and others.
Guest performances at important festivals in Spoleto,
Naples, Marlboro, Berlin, Bonn and Schleswig-Holstein.
1981-91 Member of Stuttgart Pianotrio
1992-97 Member of Trio Paideia (Clarinet, Cello and Piano)
1993-2001 Artistic director of the oldest german
chamber-music Festival "Sommerliche Musiktage Hitzacker".
1971 appointed as the youngest german Professor for
Violoncello at the Musikhochschule Saarbrücken (succeeding Maurice Gendron).
1987 change to the biggest german Musikhochschule in
Cologne, from 2002 till 2009 deputy directorof that school.
His students concertize as soloists, chamber-music
players, first desk orchestra members all over the world. Some teach as
professors and won international prizes (like G. Rivinius, first prize
Tschaikovsky Competition Moscow).
Jury member in international competitions like
Tschaikovsky/Moscow, Munich, Geneva, Leipzig, Paris, Scheveningen etc.
Claus Kanngiesser enjoys a rich musical life as soloist,
chamber-music player, teacher, director, juror and advisor.
Department of Music,Taipei National University of The Arts