Composer, pianist, and glass harmonica virtuoso: Friedrich Heinrich Kern is a romantic wanderer crossing borders of genres and sounds. He performs on rusty pianos in dusty clubs and shines with otherworldly tones at the Metropolitan Opera. One of the few professional glass harmonica soloists worldwide, Friedrich began his musical journey with his love for the piano and composing at an early age. He then ventured to Korea studying traditional Korean music, and has since found a home in New York City. He moves freely between the worlds of electronic and acoustic music, unwilling to accept musical boundaries, languages, and any barriers between them. From a tiny village in rural Germany to the biggest Metropolis in the world, this is his story.
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 deconstructed beat patterns and the ethereal sounds 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 collaborations are ‘The New Paganini Project’ with Niklas Liepe (Sony Classical, 2018) and his performances with German glass music ensemble sinfonia di vetro. Friedrich currently performs solo in Europe and North America on his spellbinding ‘The Evolution of Silence’ tour. His album debut is scheduled for spring 2019 and will be released on the M=Maximal label.
"...otherworldly tones" BlastingNews TV
"...sphärisches Zauberinstrument" Süddeutsche Zeitung
"...real highlight" New York Classical Review
"...perfection...incredibly gifted" Operawire