Helmut Deutsch’s Memoir to Get English-Language Translation in Autumn 2020

By David Salazar
(Credit: Shirley Suarez)

Famed pianist Helmut Deutsch will be releasing a new memoir that focuses on his experiences as an accompanist.

“Memoir of an Accompanist” will be released by Kahn & Averill in Autumn 2020 in an English-language translation Richard Stokes, a Professor of Lieder at the Royal Academy of Music.

The book details Deutsch’s career, which has spanned over 50 years in which the pianist has worked closely with such artists as Jonas Kaufmann, Ian Bostridge, Grace Bumbry, Diana Damrau, Brigitte Fassbaender,  Angelika Kirchschlager, Christoph Prégardien, Mauro Peter, Hermann Prey, Thomas Quasthoff, Yumiko Samejima, Peter Schreier, Irmgard Seefried, and Anne Sofie von Otter.

“It is gratifying that … another leading exponent of the profession has decided to put pen to paper. Deutsch meets all the requirements: he is the refined and experienced pianist, the responsible musician, the admired teacher, coach and mentor, the highly sensitive yet resolute partner, and a sympathetic human being. As a soloist who used to poach in his territory, I take off my hat,” reads a passage from the Foreword by famed pianist Alfred Brendel.