Heribert Koch studied at the academies of Cologne and Karlsruhe and later with Peter Feuchtwanger in London who had a major influence on his artistic development and whom he frequently served as an assistant in his masterclasses. The encounter with such renowned artists as Tatjana Nikolayeva or Mieczyslaw Horszowski brought him additional inspiration.
Beyond concert programmes with major works from the standard repertoire, he frequently performs unfamiliar compositions, often presenting them in the form of lecture recitals. His recent concert schedule features appearances in 10 European countries, with recitals in London, Paris, Ljubljana, Prishtina, St Petersburg, Prague and Bonn and concerts and masterclasses in Australia.
In addition to his career as a performer, he is a sought-after lecturer on international conferences and a frequent juror in music competitions. Heribert Koch is a member of the presidium of EPTA Germany (European Piano Teachers Association). He holds a teaching position at Münster University (Germany)
The particular quality of his pedagogical work has been widely recognized. He has been invited to give masterclasses at various music schools, colleges and universities as well as lectures on pedagogical issues and teaching demonstrations in the framework of international festivals and conferences. His individual approach of treating the various aspects of solving technical problems and developing a personal interpretation as a whole make his masterclasses equally valuable for talented young pianists, experienced performers and piano pedagogues.
His publishing activities include compositions and writings by Carl Reinecke, whose book “Zur Wiederbelebung der Mozart’schen Clavier-Concerte” he republished in 2006 (Reinecke Musikverlag, Leipzig) – thus making a most important source on Mozart interpretation in the 19th century available for pianists, researchers and music-lovers.
He gained international acclaim for his work on César Franck, whose thought-to-be-lost piano piece “Souvenirs d’Aix-la-Chapelle” he rediscovered in 2005 after years of international research. In 2006, he gave what is believed to be the first performance since Franck’s lifetime. The concert took place in Aachen (Aix-la-Chapelle), during the celebration of the International Charlemagne Price. In 2007 he republished the work (Verlag Dohr, Cologne). Invitations to perform at major events followed. Further first editions are being prepared.