Michael Krist was born in Linz, Austria, and received his first piano lessons at the age of seven. Three years later he became a student of Friedrich Wührer, under whom he also completed his university education in Munich. In addition, he attended the master classes of Erik Then-Bergh and Ludwig Hoffmann. In 1968 Mr. Krist received the Promotion Award of the Federal Selection "Konzerte Junger Künstler" (Concerts of Young Artists) in Hamburg, Germany. This award entailed performances in several solo recitals and with orchestra troughout Germany. Mr. Krist also won first prizes in three international competitions: in 1970 the Viotti Competition in Vercelli (Italy), and in 1972 the Casella Competition in Naples (Italy), as well as the Competition of the "Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde" in Vienna, Austria.

Thereafter Mr. Krist appeared as soloist and with chamber ensembles in numerous centers of music in Europe, the U.S., Japan and Korea. He performed with such renowned orchestras as the Munich Philharmonics and the Berlin Symphonics. As interpreter of chamber music, he entertained close ties with Hermann Prey, with whom he performed in numerous lieder recitals in Europe, the USA and Asia, as well as for record and TV productions.

Since 1972 Michael Krist has also been teaching at several music colleges, in the 70s mainly in Munich, Hannover and Berlin, since 1980 also at our Institute. Master-classes in Austria and abroad round off his teaching activities.