Helmut Oehring


Helmut Oehring, born 1961 in East-Berlin, is a self-taught guitarist and composer. Between 1992 and 1994 he was a master-class student of Georg Katzer at the AdK Berlin. In 1994/95 he was a fellowship holder at the Villa Massimo in Rome. He won the Hindemith Prize in 1997 and the Arnold-Schönberg Prize for his complete works in 2008. In 2011 his autobiography Mit anderen Augen. Vom Kind gehörloser Eltern zum Komponisten (Through different eyes. From being the child of deaf parents to becoming a composer) was published and turned into a radio play by SWR in 2015. He is a member of the Academy of the Arts Berlin and the Saxon Academy of Arts. In 2015 he received the German Music Author’s Prize in the category music theatre.

His recent works include vocAngel. Vokalise eines untröstlichen Engels for soprano, electric guitar and orchestra (which premiered in April 2016 at the Tonhalle, Düsseldorf, feat. Marisol Montalvo, Daniel Göritz and the Düsseldorf Symphonic Orchestra), Songs of Comfort and Despair (which premiered in April 2016 at the Opera Copenhagen, feat. Lore Lixenberg and Trio ZOOM) and the monodrama AGOTA? Die Analphabetin with Dagmar Manzel, Marena Whitcher, Nico van Wersch, Lukas Rutzen and the Ensemble Modern (which premiered in May 2016 at the Hessische Staatstheater, Wiesbaden; musical direction: Peter Rundel; sound design: Torsten Ottersberg; direction:  Ingo Kerkhof).


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