ROBERT M. HELMSCHROTT (b 1938 )
Born in 1938 in Weilheim, Upper Bavaria, Robert Helmschrott studied at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater München, continuing his education in Liège, Belgium and Siena, Italy. From 1967 to 1969 he held a scholarship from the Deutsche Akademie Rom Villa Massimo, and in 1975 received a Cité internationale des arts award. In 1993 he was artist-in-residence at the MacDowell Colony, US.
He has won numerous international competitions, and his works include liturgical and choral music, chamber and orchestral pieces, and many compositions devoted to the organ. He was president of the Hochschule für Musik und Theater München from 1995 to 2003, previously serving as a professor and vice president.