Biography

Biography Norbert Heller was born in the town of Český Těšín of the Czech Republic. There he made his first steps as a pianist. At the age of 15, he was accepted to the class of Professor Marta Toader at the Conservatory in Ostrava. As a student, he gave numerous public concerts. He also made recordings for Czech TV and radio stations.

Norbert Heller took part in many internationally renowned piano competitions. He won the Ludwig van Beethoven International Piano Competition in Hradec nad Moravici in the Czech Republic. As one of the youngest participants, he took part in the prestigious Frederick Chopin International Piano Competition in Warsaw, Poland, and the Tchaikovsky International Piano Competition in Moscow, Russia. He continued studying piano with Professors Ivan Moravec and Jan Panenka at the Prague Academy of Music. There he also attended classes of chamber music led by Professor Josef Vlach. Other international competitions followed in Vienna, Austria, Vercelli and Bolzano, Italy.

Norbert Heller has performed in many countries in Europe and around the world including the U.S.A. (Chicago, Washington, D.C., New York, Phoenix) and Japan (Nagoya, Osaka, Casals Hall in Tokyo). Besides recitals, he has regularly accompanied renowned instrumentalists and singers, and collaborated with various chamber ensembles. An impressive number of his recordings include Beethoven, Brahms, Mozart, Smetana, Shostakovich, Mussorgsky, and others.

His outstanding recording of Schubert’s sonatas played on a period Conrad Graff “hammerklavier” received the Best Recording of the Year Award by the Czech Music Foundation. Norbert Heller is the first Czech pianist ever to record the complete Sonatas by Mozart.

In 2003, Norbert partnered with violinist Gabriela Demeterová, with whom he currently finished recording the complete set of Mozart’s Sonatas for Piano and Violin at Libochovice Chateau. This recording when completed will be quite unique in that both artists play the historic instruments in accordance with the period’s tuning standard.

He performed at the music festival at Niagara-on-the-Lake (Canada) in 2012. In the same year, together with excellent cellist Jiří Bárta a CD was completed with music by F. Schubert and J.M. Hummel.

Since 2008 he iteaches at the Prague International Conservatory. For years he is a member of the board of the international music festival Young Prague (www.mladapraha.cz). The festival supports young artists and for 22 years is a great platform for young talented musicians from all around the world.

In 2014, he played in Japan in the city of Kanazawa and at Asahi Hall in Tokyo. In the same year, he returned as a guest artist to the festival in Niagara-on-the-Lake in Canada, where he accopmanied the Canadian violinist in Schubert´s sonatinas, and the baritone Alexander Dobson, in Schubert´s Winterreise.