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Hartmut Höll's performances are instantly distinctive for their feeling and sensitivity for sounds, as well as the ability to think beyond sounds to create atmosphere, the experiences and feelings within the sound landscape itself. Höll knows the value of chamber music collaboration and of maintaining long-term partnerships.
For nearly four decades, Hartmut Höll has worked closely with Mitsuko Shirai on the lieder repertory. Their recitals, broadcasts, and CDs have set new standards in lied interpretation. From 1982 to 1992, Höll was also the regular performance partner of the legendary baritone Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, acclaimed in recitals at the Salzburg and Edinburgh Festivals, as well as in Florence, Munich, Berlin, and New York's Carnegie Hall. Höll has recorded some sixty CDs, many of which have won international awards. For over a decade, Höll has accompanied Renée Fleming in concerts across Europe, Australia, Asia, and North America. He has also partnered in performance with other singers, including Roman Trekel, Urszula Kryger, Yvonne Naef, Jochen Kowalski, Christoph Prégardien, René Pape, Hermann Prey, Cornelius Hauptmann, Oliver Widmer, and Jadwiga Rappé, as well as instrumentalists such as the violist Tabea Zimmermann and clarinetist Sabine Meyer.
Currently a professor at the University of Music Karlsruhe, Höll previously taught at Frankfurt and Cologne, where he worked closely with new generations of performers. He was visiting professor in Helsinki (1998/1999) and the Salzburg Mozarteum University (1994 to 2003), has given master classes for lied at the Weimar International Music Seminar, the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, as well as in Jerusalem, Cairo, and the United States. For nearly a decade he lectured on lied interpretation at the Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK). Since October 2007, he is serving as the rector for the University of Music Karlsruhe.
In 1990, Höll was honored with the Robert Schumann Prize of the city of Zwickau. He is an honorary member of the Robert Schumann Society Zwickau and the Philharmonic Society of St. Petersburg, Russia. In 1997, together with Mitsuko Shirai he received the ABC International Music Award.
As juror, he was appointed Chairman of the Robert Schumann Competition in Zwickau, invited to New York's Naumburg Competition, and the ARD International Music Competition in Munich.
From 1985 to 2007, Hartmut Höll was artistic director of the International Hugo Wolf Academy, Stuttgart. Under his direction, the Academy's outstanding cultural accomplishments included festivals exploring Eduard Mörike (1988); »Germanies« (1990); »Europe on the Move: People • Places • Migrations« (1992/93) under the honorary patronage of Simone Veil; the complete works of Schubert by over 100 performance groups (1997); 1998 »Nature's Sounds/Human Sounds« (1998), invited to the Weimar - European City of Culture; and a musical-literary-cinematic »Trip Along the Danube« (2002). These events had echoes far beyond the local region and led to invitations to perform at New York's Lincoln Center and the Louvre Auditorium in Paris.
In 2012, Höll's autobiographical »WordMusic« was published by Staccato Verlag in Düsseldorf, describing experiences, lied interpretation, and personal memories.
»The memoir ›WordMusic‹ is as sensitive to literary and musical subjects as [Höll's] CDs, while also offering useful advice to piano lovers.« »International Piano Magazine«, 2012
In line with the reorientation of the International Summer Academy focusing on the work of W. A. Mozart, participants of this master class are cordially invited to prepare at least one work by W. A. Mozart.