Christine Schornsheim attended C.P.E. Bach Musical High School in Berlin from 1969 until 1976 followed by her piano studies at Hanns Eisler Musical Academy in Berlin up to the year of 1982.
A solo-repetitor at Hans-Otto-Theater in Potsdam till 1983, Christine Schornsheim took additional lessons in harpsichord play and Basso Continuo from Walter Heinz Bernstein in Leipzig.
Working as a freelance harpsichord player since 1985, she improved through master courses with Gustav Leonhardt, Ton Koopman and Johann Sonnleitner.
Christine Schornsheim performed with numerous world-renowned conductors, among which Sir Georg Solti, Seiji Ozawa, Claudio Abbado, Leopold Hager, Peter Schreier, Markus Creed, Georg Christoph Biller, Hellmuth Rilling, Andreas Spering, Hermann Max as well as Christoph Poppen can be named.
The number of appearances with her performing both solo harpsichord and pianoforte increased by the year of 1985, whereof her performances at Schleswig-Holstein-Festival, the European Musical Festival in Stuttgart, the Organ Meeting in Vienna, the Organ-Meeting in Nuremberg, the Berlin Bach-Meeting, the Ansbach Bach-Meeting, the Ancient-Music-Festival in Berlin, Regensburg, and Herne, Brühl Castle-Concerts as well as further international Bach-Meetings shall be mentioned.
Moreover, her career has led her abroad as well, i.e. performances in numerous European nations as well as in Israel, Japan and the US. Quite frequently, she appears at the best-known national cultural centers.
In 1994, she made her successful debut in pianoforte lied accompaniment with Peter Schreier in 1994. Among her performing partners are renowned musicians such as Andreas Staier in the course of concerts with two harpsichords, as well as Christoph Huntgeburth, Ulla Bundies, and Mary Utiger. Since autumn 2003, she is member of “Münchner Cammer-Music” and plays very often with the Italian ensemble “Zefiro”.
Since 1992, Christine Schornsheim has been a member of the jury at international harpsichord competitions.
From 1988 till 1992, Christine Schornsheim had a teaching assignment at the Musical and Theatrical Academy in Leipzig. In November 1992, she was appointed to the professorship for harpsichord and pianoforte at the same institution, wherein she contributed to successfully promote the ancient music institute. In October 2002, she was appointed to the professorship for harpsichord at Musical and Theatrical Academy in Munich and hence ended her teaching assignment in Leipzig.
There are numerous appreciated recordings with Christine Schornsheim. Among these are Goldberg-Variations as well as rare harpsichord works by J.S. Bach, several Piano Concertos by W.A. Mozart. Furthermore, she performed works by L. van Beethoven for piano and flute with baroque flauto traverso player Christoph Huntgeburth in a first time record production. Moreover, there are several other recordings with her distinguished performing Basso Continuo both harpsichord and organ as well as chamber music works. In 1999, she was awarded the ECHO Award for classical music in acknowledgement of her recording three harpsichord concertos by C.P.E. Bach, W.FR. Bach and J.Chr. Bach (published by Capriccio). In spring, 2005 ihe whole recording of all piano works of Joseph Haydn appeared in five different historical keyboard instruments with Capriccio. This recording was distinguished with the price of the German record criticism, the Diaposon d’Or and the ECHO / Classical Period Prize.
Thereafter, great success was also reached by the recording (Harmonia Mundi France) of the works of W.A. Mozart performed with Andreas Staier on the Stein vis-á-vis-Fortepiano, year 1777, which gained the Diapason d’Or in 2007. Same success with a CD of fortepiano works by P.A.F. Boëly, on two original Erard pianos. (Phoenix Edition). In 2009, Capriccio publishes all the concerts by F. Joseph Haydn, together with the Neuen Düsseldorfer Hofmusik . Another recording was made with the young Japanese violin player Mayumi Hirasaki, performing the works of Johann Sebastian Bach in romantc version (GENUIN). Afterwards, Capriccio again, has published a box with the whole Wohltemperierte Klavier by Johann Sebastian Bach (Vol.I+II). This recording was made on the original Ruckers harpsichord of the Colmar Museum.