Höll, Hartmut, distinguished German pianist and pedagogue; b. Heilbronn, Nov. 24, 1952. He was a student of Paul Buck and Konrad Richter in Stuttgart (1971–74), and also studied with Leonard Hokanson. With his wife Mitsuko Shirai , he began to tour extensively in lieder recitals in 1973. Their engagements took them throughout Europe, North and South America, Japan, Israel, and Africa. He also was accompanist to Fischer-Dieskau from 1982 until 1992. Among the other artists he has worked with are Sabine Meyer, Heinrich Schiff, Tabea Zimmermann, Peter Schreier, Jochen Kowalski, Andreas Schmidt, and Thomas Hampson. He became a prof, at the Frankfurt am Main Hochschule für Musik in 1975, at the Cologne Hochschule für Musik in 1982, at the Karlsruhe Hochschule für Musik in 1990, and at the Salzburg Mozarteum in 1993. He also served as artistic director of the Internationale Hugo-Wolf-Akademie für Gesang-Dichtung-Liedkunst in Stuttgart. In 1990 Höll was awarded the Robert Schumann Prize of Zwickau. He and his wife were honored with the ABC International Music Award in 1997.
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