Chris Cartner was still a teenager when he was appointed Organ Scholar at Rochester Cathedral in the UK. He went on to graduate in classical piano performance at Trinity College of Music in London, before training under the expert guidance of concert pianist Professor Matthijs Verschoor at the Conservatorium Van Amsterdam in The Netherlands.
After a period as repetiteur with British Youth Opera, Chris became a much sought after musician on the London circuit, embarking on a huge array of different musical projects. Since then he has worked as a solo pianist, accompanist, chamber musician and musical director in various parts of the world, and completed several hundred recital programmes in London and Amsterdam.
He lived in Australia between 2009 and 2016, and played an active part in the arts industry in Sydney, working with most of the nation’s major arts organisations, including Opera Australia, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Sydney Philharmonia and Sydney Chamber Choir, and alongside conductors such as Brett Weymark, David Robertson, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Charles Dutoit and others.
In 2016 he completed a two-year tenure as Assistant Chorus Master and Principal Pianist with Sydney Philharmonia.
Chris Cartner lives and works in Berlin as a freelance pianist, repetiteur, chamber musician and opera coach.