Austrian pianist Helmut Deutsch made his Royal Opera debut in 2014, accompanying his regular recital partner Jonas Kaufmann in a main-stage recital of Winterreise.
Deutsch grew up in Vienna and studied piano, composition and musicology there. Awards while studying included the Vienna Composition Prize. Deutsch is internationally renowned as a chamber musician and accompanist. He began his accompanying career with Irmgard Seefried and has since accompanied singers including Juliane Banse, Barbara Bonney, Grace Bumbry, Ileana Cotrubas, Diana Damrau, Brigitte Fassbaender, Angelika Kirchschlager, Genia Kühmeier, Christiane Oelze, Rita Streich, Ruth Ziesa and Olaf Bär, Matthias Goerne, Dietrich Henschel, Thomas Moser, Christoph Pregardien, Thomas Quasthoff, Andreas Schmidt, Bo Skovhus, Michael Volle and Bernd Weikl.
Deutsch appears frequently as a guest performer at music centres and festivals around the world. His wide discography includes many award-winning recordings. He taught at the Vienna University of Music 1967–79 and was professor at the Munich Hochschule für Musik 1986–2011, and continues to give regular masterclasses in Europe and Japan.
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Other winners include Iestyn Davies and Glyndebourne's Ravel double bill.