Born in Weinböhla, East Germany, Heiner Herzog studied kettledrum and percussion at the Hochschule für Musik Carl Maria von Weber in Dresden with Peter Sondermann from 1958 until 1961. Between 1961 and 2005 he served as the solo tympanist of the Konzerthaus Orchester Berlin, performing Siegfried Matthus’s kettledrum concerto Der Wald at the Schleswig Holstein Music Festival and the BBC Proms Concerts at London’s Royal-Albert-Hall in 1996. Next to his activities as a classical musician he has also been active as a studio musician, working together with the German actresses Sonja Kehler and Barbara Thalheim.
Heiner Herzog has been permanent member of the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin since 1997 and performs regularly with the Lautten Compagney Berlin, the Kammerorchester Berlin, the Bachakademie Berlin, the Dresden Baroque Orchestra and the Elbipolis Baroque Orchestra in Hamburg. Concerts with these ensembles have taken him to concerts all throughout Europe as well as in Japan, China, Korea, the United States, Mexico, Brazil and Argentina.