Helmut Oehring was born in 1961 in East Berlin. He is a self-taught musician and composer and did not write his first music until the age of 25. When he was 29, he became an honorary student of the Academy of Arts in Berlin, which he was chosen to be a member of in 2005.
From 1994 to 1995 he was a scholar at the Villa Massimo in Rome and since then received numerous awards and honours, for instance the Hanns-Eisler-Preis of the Deutschlandsender Kultur, the Orpheus Chamber Opera Award Italy, the Schneider-Schott-Preis, the Hindemith-Preis as well as the Arnold-Schönberg-Preis. He composes both chamber and opera music, film scores and solo music. His work counts up to over 200 compositions by now.