Helmut Oehring was born in 1961 in Berlin. After a training as a building construction worker he was employed in various professions in the 1980s, but during that time already occupied himself intensively with modern European composed music. An autodidact guitarist and composer, and following consultations with André Asriel, Helmut Zapf, Georg Katzer and Friedrich Goldmann, he became a master student of Georg Katzer between 1992 and 1994 at the Berlin Academy of Arts; in 2005, he was elected member of the Academy. In 1994/95, Oehring was guest of the Villa Massimo in Rome, and he obtained numerous prizes since, including the Hanns Eisler Prize from the Deutschlandsender Kultur, the Italian Orpheus Chamber Opera Prize and the Schneider Schott Music Prize. He also was awarded the Hindemith Prize for the entirety of his creation which comprises more than 160 works up to now: solo works, chamber music, orchestral works, operas and music theater works, incidental music, film music, song cycles and others.
Oehring’s compostions and productions were mostly created in close exchange with different artists, ensembles and institutions – with composer Iris ter Schiphorst (co-compositions 1996–2001), with stage directors like Ruth Berghaus, Ulrike Ottinger, Daniele Abbado, Claus Guth and Maxim Dessau, chroreographers like Joachim Schlömer, conductors like Ingo Metzmacher, Lothar Zagrosek, Martyn Brabbins and Roland Kluttig, orchestras like the SWR Symphony Orchestra Baden-Baden and Freiburg, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin or the Staatsorchester Stuttgart, and with nearly all contemporary music ensembles of renown. His works are programmed by concert halls and stages throughout Europe, Asia and Northern America. Recently, Oehring has also conducted his own works with ensembles like the Oslo Sinfonietta and the Arnhem ArtEZ Ensemble. In the 2008/09 season, he is composer in residence with the Brandenburgisches Staatsorchester Frankfurt.(Dec 2007)