Born in Cologne, the pianist Markus Hadulla began his studies in the Lieder class of Mitsuko Shirai and Hartmut Höll in Karlsruhe, continuing at the Paris Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique and subsequently at Yale with the Hungarian pianist Peter Frankl. He won the prize for best Lieder accompanist at the Seventh International Hugo Wolf Competition in Stuttgart in 1994 and was invited by Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau to join his Lieder class in Berlin. Other influences on his musical development were Elisabeth Schwarzkopf and Ralf Gothóni. He has collaborated with a number of well-known singers, vocal ensembles, writers and actors, as well as with instrumentalists and chamber ensembles, and has appeared at venues and major halls throughout the world. After teaching several years at the Hanns Eisler Musikhochschule in Berlin, he now holds a teaching post for Lieder at the Karlsruhe Staatliche Hochschule für Musik. He gives regular masterclasses for Lieder and chamber music, and serves as artistic director of the wort+ton concert series in Winnenden, Germany, which features an innovative combination of literature and music. Markus Hadulla has a large number of recordings, broadcasts and television appearances to his credit.