Some of Hartmut Höll’s long-term recital partners have been world-class performers such as Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau and René Fleming, with whom he has performed with in all the significant concert halls and festivals around the world. For over forty years, he has been collaborating with the mezzo-soprano Mitsuko Shirai. Together, they have set standards worldwide in song interpretation with concerts and CDs.
Höll has been working as the professor and rektor of the University of Music Karlsruhe and as a guest professor at diverse music academies eg. in Helsinki and the Mozarteum University in Salzburg. He has been teaching in several masterclasses and graduates of his classes further the didactic tradition as instructors in Salzburg, Vienna, Paris and other cities in the world.
Hartmut Höll is closely connected to the young generation of artists.
Höll has made more than 60 CD-recordings of a very wide and versatile repertoire. Many of the recordings have received international awards. Höll has served in the juries of several international competitions.
Music is an omen, at least for Gustav Mahler. Kindertotenlieder (Songs on the Death of Children) was written three years before the death of his own child. He composed Das Lied von der Erde (The Song of the Earth), a symphony that ends in a farewell, to avoid the same fate that had led Schubert and Beethoven to an early grave – alas, things turned out differently. Legendary lied pianist Hartmut Höll and rising star Yajie Zhang perform Mahler’s songs, whose prophecies came true.