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Hermann Keller

Hermann Keller - piano, prepared piano

piano, prepared piano, percussion

born in 1945 in Zeitz (Saxony-Anhalt), he studied composition
guided by Johann Cilensek as well as piano guided by Ingeborg
Herkomer from 1963 to 1968 at the Hochschule für Musik "Franz
Liszt" in Weimar. From 1968 to 1971 he was aspirant at the Hochschule
für Musik "Hanns Eisler" in Berlin and in 1969, he participated in the Beet-
hoven Piano Competition in Vienna. From 1973 to 1981 he taught music
theory and improvisation at the Berliner Hochschule für Musik, since
1990 at "Musikhaus e.V." in Berlin-Hohenschönhausen. He was co-
founder of the Berliner Improvisations-Quartett/-Trio and has
been part of all the important jazz line-ups in the GDR and
at international festivals. Besides Ernst-Ludwig Petrowsky,
Manfred Schulze, Ulrich Gumpert and Conrad Bauer,
he was one of the pioneers of improvised music in
the GDR. As solo pianist and in cooperation with
national and international improvisation musi-
cians, he has made numerous appearances
as well as broadcast and recording produc-
tions. He works freelance as composer (of
numerous chamber music and orchester
works) and as pianist.