Helmut Deutsch is one of the most sought-after and successful song accompanists in the world. Born in Vienna, he studied at the conservatory, music academy and university in his hometown, received the City of Vienna Composition Prize and became a professor at the age of 24. Even during his student days, his main interest was focused on song, but he also worked as a chamber musician for several decades in all imaginable formations with many world-class instrumentalists. His international career as a song accompanist began with the soprano Irmgard Seefried, but the most important singer of his younger years was Hermann Prey, whose permanent partner he was for twelve years in several hundred concerts. He subsequently worked with many of the most important lieder singers and played in all the important music centers in the world.
Currently, the singers Jonas Kaufmann, Diana Damrau, Michael Volle and the young Swiss tenor Mauro Peter are among his priority partners. Helmut Deutsch's work is documented on more than a hundred recordings. Some of them also reflect what he sees as one of his central concerns: the revival of unjustly forgotten composers of the past. Another task that has become more and more close to our hearts over the years is the training and promotion of young talent. After his years in Vienna, his teaching activities continued primarily at the University of Music and Theater in Munich, where he was professor of song design for 28 years; In addition, to this day he gives a constantly growing number of master courses in Europe and the Far East and remains connected to universities through visiting professorships. His students included Juliane Banse, Jonas Kaufmann, Dietrich Henschel, Christian Gerhaher and Wolfram Rieger, among many others.