Friedrich Heinrich Kern

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Friedrich Heinrich Kern
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Background information
Born (1980-03-19) March 19, 1980 (age 34)
Origin Ludwigshafen, Germany
Occupation(s) Composer, Musician
Instruments Piano

Friedrich Heinrich Kern (born March 19, 1980 in Ludwigshafen) is a German composer[1] and pianist.

Kern began his studies at the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Mannheim where he graduated with a Diplom in Music Composition and Piano. His principal teachers included Ulrich Leyendecker and Sidney Corbett. Additionally, he spent one year studying traditional Korean music at Seoul National University.[2] In 2007, he was a visiting composer at Wesleyan University.[3] From 2008, Kern studied in New York with Matthias Pintscher and Louis Karchin.[4] He received a MacCracken Research Fellowship[5] and now teaches at New York University.


Recent works include Von Taufedern und Sternen for soprano and orchestra, premiered by the Baden-Baden Philharmonic Orchestra in Germany;[6] "...pour une nuit seule", a string quartet written for the Jack Quartet, and Eins.Zwei for piano and percussion, premiered by the Either/Or Ensemble.

Selected works[edit]


  • Von Taufedern und Sternen for soprano and orchestra - 2010
  • Les Adieux for two violins - 2009
  • "...pour une nuit seule" for string quartet - 2009
  • Eins.Zwei for piano and percussion - 2009
  • Fanfare - movimiento sin progresión for brass ensemble - 2008
  • Ellipses for violin and piano - 2007
  • Anima II (Kern vs. Gould) for piano and quadraphone speaker system - 2007
  • Almost Romance for tuba and orchestra - 2007
  • Anima for Korean komungo and speaker system - 2006
  • Essence - ballet music for Korea gayageum quartett and ensemble - 2006
  • 5 Lieder for baritone and piano - 2005
  • Keine Spuren...fixpunktlos for soprano, speaker and ensemble - 2004
  • Walzer for violoncello and piano - 2004
  • Nachtschatten for piano for four hands - 2002
  • Impromptu for piano solo - 2007



  1. ^ "Friedrich Heinrich Kern", Composers Database, Bonn: Deutsches Musikinformationszentrum (MIZ) 
  2. ^ Barber, Simon (2009-02-14), "Friedrich Heinrich Kern", Composers Forum Website, Dresden: 
  3. ^ Wesleyan University music department website, [1]
  4. ^ Friedrich Heinrich Kern Biography 
  5. ^ New York University music department website, [2]
  6. ^ Baden-Baden Philharmonic website

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