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The pianist Burkhard Kehring replaces the mezzo-soprano Christianne Stotijn as the professor of masterclasses for duets this year’s edition of the Festival LIFE Victoria 2015. The masterclasses will take place from Novembrer 23 to 26 at the Escola Superior de Música de Catalunya (ESMUC). The mezzo-soprano has canceled the participation in this activity due to personal reasons.

The Prizes in accompaniment from international Lieder competitions in London (Walther Gruner Competition 1993) and Munich (Hans Pfitzner Competition 1994) marked the beginning of his concert career as a Lieder accompanist, which has taken him to the most important European concert halls such as the Wigmore Hall in London, the Berlin Philharmonie, the Vienna Konzerthaus, the Amsterdam Concertgebouw and to the USA, Asia and South America as well as to numerous music festivals such as the Schubertiade Schwarzenberg, the Bergen Music Festival, the Schubert Serenades in New York, and the Ravinia Festival in Chicago.

He has been the official piano accompanist at master classes by Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Marylin Horne, Ernst Haefliger and Hermann Prey. He has worked in artistic partnership with such singers as Ruth Ziesak, Christiane Oelze, Christiane Karg, Robert Holl, Kwangchoul Youn, Roman Trekel, Christian Elsner, Dietrich Henschel, Hanno Müller-Brachmann and Florian Bösch. Together with Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, he has been presenting musical readings and melodramatic recitals (1995-2005).

Burkhard Kehring has also planned and accompanied lieder recital series of his own as the “Schubertiade modern”, the recital series “Schubert plus” in Frankfurt am Main among others.

An album of melodramas – the last studio recording of Dietrich Fischer- Dieskau – appeared in 2005 at Deutsche Grammophon, whereas the debut recital recording Verwandlung/Transformation with soprano Christiane Karg received the ECHO KLASSIK award in 2010.

Appointed professor at the ‘Hochschule für Musik und Theater’ Hamburg in 2002, Burkhard Kehring is the director of a ‘Master of Music’ study program in art song performance. He was invited to give master classes in Germany, Spain, Canada, Israel, Iran, South Korea, China and India.