In his lauded appearances as performer and composer, Friedrich Heinrich Kern has explored his musical universe through different instruments and mediums. A conservatory-trained pianist and self-taught glass harmonica virtuoso, FHK’s work is dedicated to exploring wistful, unfolding soundscapes and discovering the realms between dreams and consciousness.
The mystique of New York City’s late-night urban soundscapes cannot better describe the music of Friedrich Heinrich Kern. He combines his contemporary classical background with a refined pop sensibility to create ethereal and peaceful piano melodies with modern electronic vibes. FHK’s work is dedicated to exploring wistful, unfolding soundscapes and discovering the realms between dreams and consciousness. After years of traveling the world and composing for the New York contemporary classical scene, he translates his skills using piano, electronics, field recordings, and beat structures into his recent creations. Collaborations shape his ideas and musical genius. He moves freely between the worlds of electronic and acoustic music, unwilling to be limited by boundaries, languages, and any barriers between them.
From a tiny town in rural Germany to the biggest metropolis in the world, this is his story. His debut EP, ‘Within’, was released on M=MAXIMAL in 2017. He will be on his ‘Evolution of Silence Tour’ in 2018. In addition to his work with electronic instruments and media, Friedrich has composed works for acoustic instruments, ranging from solo piano to full orchestra. His creative output spans a wide range of music including orchestral, film, and dance. His latest collaboration is ‘The Paganini Project’ with Niklas Liepe (Sony Classical, 2018). On the opera stage, FHK will be performing as soloist in the Metropolitan Opera and Opera Philadelphia's 'Lucia di Lammermoor' productions in 2018, and touring with George Benjamin's spellbinding opus 'Written on Skin.'
"...otherworldly tones" BlastingNews TV
"...sphärisches Zauberinstrument" Süddeutsche Zeitung
"...real highlight" New York Classical Review
"...perfection...incredibly gifted" Operawire