Prof. Klaus Börner, born in 1929 in Senftenberg/Niederlausitz, studied the piano at the School of Music in Weimar (1949 Privatmusiklehrerexamen) and at the Conservatoire de Lausanne (1952 Examen de virtuosité). Piano masterclasses with Alfred Cortot, Edwin Fischer and Wilhelm Kempff rounded off his musical education.
In 1956 he won 1st prize in the International Piano Competition in Barcelona and in 1959 was chosen to be part of the “Bundesauswahl junger Künstler des Deutschen Musikrates”. He taught the piano and teaching methodology at the Robert Schumann Conservatory in Düsseldorf and from 1969–1997 was Professor of Piano, Piano Pedagogy, and the Structure of Music in the Music Faculty at Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz. He has published the “Handbuch der Klavierliteratur zu vier Händen” (Atlantis Musikbuch-Verlag, Zürich).