Michael Hein | Concert Pianist

biography

Michael Hein was born in Halle, Germany and in 1982 began studying piano and chamber music with Professor Ulrich Urban at the Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy Academy of Music and Theater in Leipzig. Engagements as pianist and vocal accompanist in Dresden followed, including those in the Sächsischen Staatsoper, Carl Maria von Weber Academy of Music, Dresden and the Dresden Philharmonic. One of the initial defining impacts on his career occurred in 2000 when he was first invited to perform in Japan. Since then, Michael Hein has been a guest performer in Japan nearly every year. Another formative influence on his artistic development was his acquaintance with the great Austrian pianist Jörg Demus, who became Michael Hein’s teacher and mentor in 2002. Highlights from Hein’s professional concert career include a concert for the Japanese imperial family in Tokyo in 2001, the piano concert recitals of Beethoven with the Bach Academy, Tokorozawa under the direction of Seiji Makino and those of the Ludwig Chamber Orchestra, Tokyo under the direction of Joji Waschimi from 2006-2008. In 2012, together with the baritone Tetsuro Kitamura, Michael Hein recorded a CD with songs from the Japanese composer T. Aragaki (released by King Records). His array of concert tours has also brought him to Hungary, Austria, France and the USA.