Bernd Zack was born in Frankfurt/Main and studied piano with Wolfgang Schamschula (Mainz), Vitaly Margulis (Leningrad / Freiburg i. Br. / Los Angeles), James Tocco (Bloomington, Ind. /USA), Nikita Magaloff (Geneva) and Leonard Hokanson (Frankfurt/Main). Among his teachers were also Hartmut Höll, Josef Gingold, Franco Gulli and Janos Starker, whose classes in Chamber Music and Vocal Accompaniment (“Liedbegleitung”) he attended. He received grants and scholarships from the “Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes” and the “Märkische Kulturkonferenz”.
He has been awarded several prizes at national and international competitions. Since his debut at age 16, Bernd Zack has been acclaimed both as a soloist and as a chamber musician in concert halls across Europe and overseas. Numerous recordings—broadcast and CD—demonstrate the outstanding qualities of this versatile artist. The “Bläservereinigung der Berliner Philharmoniker” (Chamber Ensemble of the Berlin Philharmonic wind players), the Cuarteto Latinoamericano, violinists Christian Tetzlaff and Saschko Gawriloff and other internationally renowned artists are among his chamber music partners.
From 1981 to 1983, Bernd Zack was an associate assistant instructor at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. In 1985, at the age of 28, he was named Professor for Piano at the “Hochschule für Musik” in Lübeck and in 1995 at the “Hochschule für Musik und Theater” in Rostock.
He has held Master Classes in Europe, Chile, Japan and Taiwan and has been a jury member of prestigious competitions.
His students have appeared in concerts in important halls such as the “Alte Oper” in Frankfurt/Main, the “Musikhalle” in Hamburg and the Tokyo Bunka Kaikan. Several of his students are already teaching at renowned schools of music.