Composer, pianist, glass harmonica virtuoso: Friedrich Heinrich Kern is a romantic wanderer crossing borders of genres and sounds. He performs on rusty pianos in his tiny village in Germany and shines with "otherworldly tones" (BlastingNews TV) at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City. He has made widely-praised appearances as a performer and composer in the United States, Europe, the Middle East and Asia, which have been described as “real highlight” (New York Classical Review) and “perfection” (Operawire). One of the few professional glass harmonica soloists worldwide, he plays the only existing modern version of the glass harmonica in North America, the Verrophone. Friedrich began his studies in his home country of Germany where he earned degrees in both piano and composition. He then traveled to Korea studying traditional Korean music.
The mystique of New York City’s late-night urban soundscape provides the inspiration for his visions. Here, boundaries of classical music and pop aesthetics blur. Grand pianos and digital devices are juxtaposed with prepared pianos and the transcendental sound of his glass harmonica. Friedrich’s music describes a dimension of stillness and clarity of sound, a quality he shares with artists like Chilly Gonzalez, Nils Frahm, and Max Richter. Conventional methods of instrumentation and a classical education comprise his compositional tool kit, but strikingly different. In addition to his solo and ensemble performances, he has composed works for acoustic and electronic instrumentations, ranging from solo piano to full orchestra.
Musical connections shape his ideas and genius. His latest collaboration is The New Paganini Project with Niklas Liepe (Sony Classical, 2018), and his solo recordings are released on M=Maximal. Friedrich currently performs live in Europe and North America on his spellbinding ‘The Evolution of Silence’ tour. He is a member of German glass music ensemble sinfonia di vetro. His album debut is scheduled for spring 2019.
"...otherworldly tones" BlastingNews TV
"...sphärisches Zauberinstrument" Süddeutsche Zeitung
"...real highlight" New York Classical Review
"...perfection...incredibly gifted" Operawire