Günter Henle

Curriculum vitae and several downloadable texts



Born on 3 February in Würzburg
Childhood and youth in Munich
Piano lessons with Walther Lampe


Participation in World War I


Studies law in Marburg and Würzburg, also gains doctorate


Attaché in the diplomatic corps, serving in Berlin, Amsterdam, Den Haag and Buenos Aires; Appearances as a pianist, including the premiere of Beethoven’s Choral Fantasia op. 80 in Buenos Aires


Attaché at the German Embassy in London


Marries Anne Liese Küpper, the stepdaughter of the owner of the Klöckner consortium in Duisburg


Peter Klöckner takes on his son-in-law Günter Henle as a partner in the company


Death of Peter Klöckner, Dr. Henle steadily rises to the top of the industrial firm


Member of the Frankfurt Wirtschaftsrat (Economic Council)


Founds his “Publishing house for musical Urtext editions”
Offices in Duisburg and Munich


Member (CDU) of the first German Parliament
Advisor to the German Chancellor Adenauer on foreign policy and economics

since 1950

Sponsorship of numerous highly-gifted musicians, e.g. Edith Peinemann, Murray Perahia and Frank Peter Zimmermann; Friendship with many important musicians, including Pablo Casals, Walter Gieseking, Karl Klingler, Yehudi Menuhin, David Oistrach, Arthur Rubinstein, Wolfgang Schneiderhan and Rudolf Serkin


Chairman of the Cultural Circle of German Business and Industry within the Federation of German Industry


Co-founds the Joseph Haydn Institute in Cologne


Co-founds and first President of the German Council on Foreign Relations


Honorary member of the Gesellschaft für Musikforschung (Society for musicological research)


Honorary doctorate from the Faculty of Philosophy at Cologne University


Publication of the autobiography “Three Spheres”


Establishes the Günter Henle Foundation


Retires as senior partner from Klöckner & Co


Dies on 13 April in Duisburg

Unterschrift Dr. Günter Henle

See also the article on Günter Henle in Wikipedia (in German).


Texts by and on Günter Henle for free download

  • Günter Henle: Weggenosse des Jahrhunderts.
    Als Diplomat, Industrieller Politiker und Freund der Musik | PDF, 135 MB
    Die Autobiographie Günter Henles
    Stuttgart 1968, 420 pages, German
  • Günter Henle: Three Spheres. A Life in Politics, Business, and Music | PDF, 92 MB
    The Autobiography of Guenter Henle
    Chicago 1971, 306 pages, English

  • Günter Henle: Verlegerischer Dienst an der Musik | PDF, 21 MB
    Munich 1973, 75 pages, German

  • Musik, Edition, Interpretation. Gedenkschrift Günter Henle | PDF, 145 MB
    edited by Martin Bente, with contributions from numerous experts
    Munich 1980, 498 pages, German, English and French

Please note: The G. Henle Verlag publishing house holds the worldwide copyright of all texts. Please use the printed editions for quotations.