After his piano studies at the Conservatoire National Régional in Strasbourg, Dirk Börner concentrated on Baroque music. He studied cembalo with Andreas Staier and Jesper Christensen at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis (Basel) and finalised his studies with his diploma in advanced solo performance.
His many concerts took him through Europa, North and South America. Dirk Börner has performed regularly with leading Early Music ensembles, such as Stylus Phantasticus, The Rare Fruits Council, and Aux Pieds du Roy. He participated in numerous notable recordings. There are also many radio recordings with Radio de la Suisse Romande, Radio classique (Paris), France Musique, the BBC, ORF, the Bavarian as well as with the Norddeutschen Rundfunk.
In 2007 together with Michael Form, Dirk Börner led a research project (“la plasticité du rythme”), which was financed by the Swiss National funds which examined the interaction of dance and music in French Baroque music.
In 2010 to 2012 Dirk Börner took a course in the subject, improvisation with Rudolf Lutz, at Schola Cantorum (Basel). Since then he has been a member of the research group Basel Improvisation. Dirk Börner teaches cembalo, basso continuo, chamber music and historical performance practice at the University of Arts, Bern and teaches basso continuo and improvisation at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse in Lyon
Since summer 2014 teaches historical improvisation at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis.