Helga Storck is among the most renowned harpists in Germany.
She was born in Upper Silesia and began her music studies there, before moving from Poland to German. She continued studying at the Folkwang Hochschule in Essen, and subsequently in New York at the Juilliard School of Music, with the French harpist and pedagogue Marcel Grandjany.
Her marriage to the well-known cellist Klaus Storck led to a duo who performed together for decades, attracting worldwide attention.
Because of her constant interest in new music, many German and Polish composers wrote solo harp, and duos for harp and cello for her. These include works by Harald Genzmer, Günter Baals, Friedhelm Döhl, Aribert Reimann, Giselher Klebe, Michael Denhoff, Tadeusz Baird, Krzysztof Meyer, and others.
Helga Storck has also been engaged by many leading German symphony orchestras. At only the age of 19, she was the youngest ever principal harpist with the WDR Symphony Orchestra. She continued her extraordinary career at the Hamburg State Opera, followed by the Munich Philharmonic under Sergiu Celibidache.
Her records and CDs have been recorded by Deutsche Grammophon, Teldec, Vox, Calig, Colosseum, Polskie Nagrania, Erato and Philips.
Helga Storck has been Professor of harp at the music colleges of Cologne, Munich, the Salzburg Mozarteum, and at the Akademia Muzyczna in Katowice.
Her former students hold important positions in orchestras all over the world.
Helga Storck is the recipient of several cultural awards, such as the Silesian Culture Award, and the Polish Culture Award - Gloria Artis. These confirm her international standing as a leading representative of her profession.
Performance prize of the city of Essen
Cultural Promotion Association of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia
Appointment to the Board of Directors of the World Harp Congress
Silesian Culture Prize
Honorary member of the Polish Harp Society
Honorary member of the German Harp Society
Honorary member of the Society Harp for Children in Warsaw
Polish Culture Prize Gloria Arts
- Professor of harp at
- Cologne - Hochschule für Musik
- Munich - Hochschule für Musik und Theater
- Salzburg - Mozarteum
- Katowice - Academia Muzyczna
- The German National Youth Orchestra
- Mainz Villa Musica
- Orchestra Academy Music Festival Schleswig Holstein
New in Munich!
Dear harpists, dear friends
In recent times, the amount of masterclasses and also competitions, festivals, youth orchestras and other activities has increased immensely all over the world! It is becoming more and more difficult for young musicians to find free time for concentrated work, and practising with the close guidance of an experienced teacher. For this reason, I have begun a new, special training program for harpists of all ages at my home in Munich. Besides my private lessons, you will have a single room with a harp, bathroom and breakfast for the duration of your stay.
Length of visit and costs can be discussed.
Prof. Helga Storck
In the time of pandemic lessons are possible online.
Orchestra Positions - Solo Harpist
- WDR Symphony Orchestra, Cologne
- Hamburg Philharmonic State Orchestra, Hamburg State Opera
- Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
- Munich Philharmonic Orchestra
- Bayreuth Festival Orchestra
- Member of the Studio for Early Music (T. Binkley), Munich
- Concerts and recordings with the Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century, Amsterdam, under the direction of Frans Brüggen
- Duo performance with Konrad Hünteler - traverso flute and historical harp (18th century)
- CD recordings with works by Monteverdi, Schütz and others, with Gustav Leonard and Hans Martin Schneidt
Concert activity under the direction of
R.Kubelik, K.Böhm, R.Kempe, F.Rieger, Ch.V.Dohnanyi, D.Mitropoulos, G.Wand, H.Zender, J.Keilberth, H.W.Henze, W.Michniewski, S.Ozawa, H.Wakasugi, S.Celibidache, F.Brüggen, F.Leitner, M.Janowski, A.Witt, K.Tennstedt, L.Maazel, W.Gielen, B.Maderna, K.H.Stockhausen, M.Kagel, N.Santi, K.Mazur, W.Sawallisch, Z.Metha, P.Boulez, P.Hindemtith, W.Rowicki, Ch.Eschenbach, and others
Germany, France, Switzerland, England, Spain, Austria, Poland, Scotland, Russia, USA, Brazil, Japan, Korea, China, Thailand
Germany, France, Switzerland, Netherlands, England, Austria, Spain, Poland, Russia, USA, Brazil, Japan, Korea, China, Thailand, Israel