Oehring Helmut

Helmut Oehring was born in 1961 in Berlin. After a training as a building construction worker hewas employed in various professions in the 1980s, but during that time already occupied himselfintensively with modern European composed music. An autodidact guitarist and composer,and following consultations with André Asriel, Helmut Zapf, Georg Katzer and FriedrichGoldmann, he became a master student of Georg Katzer between 1992 and 1994 at the BerlinAcademy of Arts; in 2005, he was elected member of the Academy. In 1994/95, Oehring wasguest of the Villa Massimo in Rome, and he obtained numerous prices since, including theHanns Eisler Prize from the Deutschlandsender Kultur, the Italian Orpheus Chamber OperaPrize and the Schneider Schott Music Prize. He also was awarded the Hindemith Prize as wellas the Arnold Schoenberg Prize for the entirety of his creation which comprises more than 160works up to now: solo works, chamber music, orchestral works, operas and music theaterworks, incidental music, film music, song cycles and others.
Oehring’s compostions andproductions were mostly created in close exchange with different artists, ensembles andinstitutions – with composer Iris ter Schiphorst (co-compositions 1996–2001, see p23ff), withstage directors like Ruth Berghaus, Ulrike Ottinger, Daniele Abbado, Claus Guth and MaximDessau, chroreographers like Joachim Schlömer, conductors like Ingo Metzmacher, LotharZagrosek, Martyn Brabbins and Roland Kluttig, orchestras like the SWR Symphony OrchestraBaden-Baden and Freiburg, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the DeutschesSymphonie-Orchester Berlin or the Staatsorchester Stuttgart, and with nearly all contemporarymusic ensembles of renown. His works are programmed by concert halls and stages throughoutEurope, Asia and Northern America. Recently, Oehring has also worked as a conductor andstage director of his own works. In the 2008/09 season, he is composer in residence with theBrandenburgisches Staatsorchester Frankfurt.

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