Helmut Zapf - live


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Born on the 4th of March in Rauschengesees (Thüringen).

During his childhood and youth he took piano- and organ lessons from the Rauschengesees congregation`s priest Gerhard Voltz

Church music studies at the church music schools in Eisenach and Halle, organ under Gottfried Preller and Hans-Günter Wauer, counterpoint and harmony with Johannes Petzold.

Participation in the Gera holiday classes for contemporary music, especially in the classes of Paul-Heinz Dittrich und Lothar Voigtländer.

Marriage with Karin Armbrecht, birth of daughter Susanne.

Birth of daughter Johanna

Church musican in Eisenberg (Thüringen).

1982 bis 1986
Master student under Prof. Georg Katzer at the Akademie der Künste der DDR in Ostberlin.

Relocation to Zepernick (close to Berlin), working as a freelancing composer. Since then also assistant professor for harmony and aural training at the Hanns Eisler conservatory

since 1990
Teaching harmony, aural training and composition at the Musikschule Kreuzberg

First realisation of the RANDSPIELE together with his former wife Karin Zapf at the Sankt-Annen-Kirche Zepernick
(Festival for contemporary music: www.randspiele.de)

Formation of the Ensemble JungeMusik.

since 1994
Artistic direction of the advancement class Jugend komponiert of the Landesmusikrat Brandenburg at the Musikakademie Rheinsberg.

since June 2015
Member of the Academy of Arts from Berlin