Heinz Rudolf Kunze
A talented singer-songwriter, composer and lyricist, Kunze is perhaps Germanys best-known musical writer. Hermann Van Veen and Milva are just two of the artists to have taken his songs to the top of the domestic charts. His career breakthrough came in 1980 when he won the German Pop-Nachwuchs Festival in Wurzburg for newcomers to the pop scene. Since then he has released over 15 albums for WEA Records Germany, usually produced by Kunze himself alongside long-standing collaborators Peter Miklis and Heiner Lurig. These have brought an avalanche of platinum records and awards, including the Willy Dehmel-Preis, the Berliner Wecker Cabaret Prize, the Deutscher Schallplattenpreis (German Record Prize) and the RTL Sonderlowe Award, all in 1982. His 1995 album, Der Golem Aus Lemgo, continued to concentrate on his natural melodic ability and sentimental lyrics. Kunze also wrote the German translation libretto for the Berlin production of Miss Saigon.