Karl-Heinz Kämmerling (6 May 1930 – 14 June 2012) was a notable German academic teacher of classical pianists, who trained pianists at the Mozarteum in Salzburg and the Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien Hannover for a career as performers and academic teachers, particularly in the early training of highly gifted students.
Kämmerling was born in Dessau and studied at the Hochschule für Musik Leipzig with Anton Rohden and Hugo Steurer. Besides teaching as a professor at the Mozarteum and in Hannover, he has been a guest professor at the university of music in Zagreb since 2004 and a teacher of master classes in Europe, the United States and Asia. Among his students are Valentina Babor, Thomas Duis, Severin von Eckardstein, Henriette Gaertner, Bernd Goetzke, Michail Lifits, Philippe Giusiano, Peter Ovtcharov, Oliver Kern, Igor Levit, Herbert Schuch, Márton Illés, Yu Kosuge, Matthew Odell, Alice Sara Ott, Aaron Pilsan, Ragna Schirmer, de:Danae Dörken and Lars Vogt. When he celebrated his 80th birthday, 80 of his students had won national competitions, 50 had won international competitions, and 21 were academic teachers. He was particularly active in the early training of highly gifted students at the "Institut zur Früh-Förderung Hochbegabter" at the Hochschule in Hannover. He served as a vice president of the university for six years.
Kämmerling was one of the editors of the journal "Üben und Musizieren" (Practice and Music-Making) and the founder and longterm president of the German association of the European Piano Teachers Association. He has been a member of the German Academic Exchange Service, the Deutsche Studienstiftung, and a member of the "Instituts für Begabungsforschung in der Musik" (Institute for the research of musical talent) at the University of Paderborn. In 1979 he was a co-founder of the "Internationale Musikakademie für Solisten" (International Academy for Soloists, IMAS) and has been its artistic director until 2010.
He has served on the jury of international piano competitions such as The Leeds, the Arthur Rubinstein Competitions in Tel Aviv and in Dresden, and the International Chopin Piano Competition.
Kämmerling received the prize Niedersächsischer Staatspreisof Lower Saxony in 1985. Since 1999 he was an Officer of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany. In 2000 he was awarded the Grand Decoration of Honour for Services to the Republic of Austria. He was an honorary member of Deutscher Musikrat, the German Music Council, a member of the International Music Council, since 2005.