Prof. Dr. Heinz-Eberhard Schmitz

President / Piano / Chamber Music / Musicology


Born in Wuppertal in 1950. Studied Piano and Pedagogic in Wuppertal, Piano and Chamber Music with Prof. Karl-Heinz Kämmerling in Hannover, Music Theory and Composition with Prof. Ulrich Leyendecker in Hamburg, historical and systematic Musicology and Japanese Studies at Hamburg University, Research Study at the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music with scholarships from the DAAD (German academic exchange service) and the Japanese Ministry of Education, Monbusho. Ph. D. with a dissertation about traditional Japanese music.


As pianist of the Varius-Ensemble for Contemporary Music, Hamburg, performed in numerous concerts in Europe and productions at most of the radio stations throughout Germany and Austria. Concerts as pianist and accompanist.


Since 1978, Instructor, and since 1990 Professor at the Hamburg University of Music and Theater and at the Hamburg Conservatory, whose Director he was from 1997 to 2002.


Teaching activities: Piano, Chamber Music and Music Theory. Organization of cultural festivals such as “Go East” 1996, in connection with the Ministry of Culture of the Hanseatic City of Hamburg, the North German Radio and Television (NDR), the Museum of Anthropology and the Hamburg Philharmonic State Orchestra.


Founded in 1985 the “Study-Year” for Asian students as well as doing the organization and management of the International Summer Academies in Hamburg and master classes in Japan and China. Honorary Professor of the Shaoxing College of Arts and Science and the Shanghai Oriental Piano School.


2003 established together with his partners Georg Schmitz and Martin Salomon the International College of Music Hamburg.