Christian Altenburger studied violin in his home town at the Vienna University of Music and at the Juilliard School in New York under Dorothy DeLay. He made his solo début at the Musikverein in Vienna at the age of 19. This was soon followed by visits as a soloist with top international orchestras, including the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic Orchestra and the London Symphony Orchestra.
Chamber music has become an important part of Altenburger’s artistic work in addition to his soloist assignments. His chamber music partners include Patrick Demenga, Heinz Holliger, Nobuko Imai, Reinhard Latzko, Elisabeth Leonskaja, Michel Lethiec, Arto Noras, Melvyn Tan and Lars Anders Tomter.
From 2003 to 2019, Christian Altenburger served as Artistic Director of the Schwäbische Frühling Music Festival, whose architecturally impressive concert venues in southern Germany provide the ideal ambience for chamber music and symphony orchestra concerts.