was born in Innsbruck (Austria) in 1985. He studied piano with Bozidar Noev (Innsbruck), Gerhard Oppitz (Munich), and Pavel Gililov (Salzburg), and organ with Edgar Krapp (Munich). Schöch has been the recipient of many prestigious awards, including the Brigitte Fassbaender promotion prize, the Richard Wagner Society scholarship in Munich, 1st prize at the International Piano Competition "Franz Schubert" (Rousse, Bulgaria, 2007), 1st prize at the International Organ Competition "August Everding" (Munich, 2008), 2nd prize at the International Franz Schmidt Organ Competition (Kitzbühel, Austria, 2010), and the Gasteig Cultural Award (Munich, 2011). He has performed as soloist with well-known orchestras, such as the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra, Deutsches Symphonieorchester Berlin, and the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra, and has appeared at many prestigious festivals, for instance Richard Strauss Festival Garmisch, Osterfestival Tirol, Eppaner Liedsommer, and Vienna Jeunesse.
studied church music at the Bergen Music Conservatory. He then studied organ performance with Prof. Edgar Krapp at the Academy of Music in Frankfurt am Main, where he played his diploma examination in 1985, and his concert examination two years later. Askeland played his debut concert at Oslo Concert Hall in 1986. Since then he has performed throughout Europe, and in Russia, the USA, and South America. His concerts have been presented by the Norwegian National Broadcasting Company (NRK) and by several radio channels abroad.