Helmut Deutsch studied piano, composition and musicology in his home city, Vienna, and was awarded the Vienna Composition Prize for his creative achievements. Since then he has specialised in chamber music, Lied accompaniment and has played for many world renowned instrumentalists, involving himself in all forms of chamber music.
His career as a Lied accompanist began with the celebrated soprano Irmgard Seefried. Helmut has since played for such renowned singers as Juliane Banse, Barbara Bonney, Grace Bumbry, Ileana Cotrubas, Diana Damrau, Brigitte Fassbaender, Angelika Kirchschlager, Genia Kühmeier, Christiane Oelze, Ofelia Sala, Rita Streich, Ruth Ziesak, Olaf Bär, Ian Bostridge, Matthias Goerne, Dietrich Henschel, Jonas Kaufmann, Thomas Moser, Christoph Pregardien, Thomas Quasthoff, Andreas Schmidt, Bo Skovhus, Michael Volle, Bernd Weikl and many others. For twelve years he was the regular partner of Hermann Prey.
Helmut Deutsch is a frequent guest at important music centres and festivals throughout the world and appears on many prize-winning recordings. From 1967 – 1979 he taught at the Vienna University of Music. He is currently a professor at the Music Universities of Munich, Nuremberg and Frankfurt and regularly gives masterclasses in Europe and Japan.