Ralf Heiber was born in Berlin. His father being in the diplomatic service, he grew up in Toronto, Caracas and Barcelona. He began studying the piano under the French pianistMonique Duphil. In 1983 he began his professional training with Roland Keller, firstat the Academy of Music in Lübeck, later at the Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts in Vienna, where he graduated with honors.His contact with different languages and cultures forms the basis of his interest in art song. Erik Werba and Roman Ortner were his initial mentors, concluding with Norman Shetler, with whom he also frequently performed. Additionaly he assisted in the classes of Walter Berry, Edith Mathis and Leopold Spitzer. In addition to prizes in solo piano, he also won the accompanying prize at the International Brahms Competition in Hamburg and first prize at the International Schubert Competition in Vienna. Since then he regularly performs as soloist and as accompanist with renowned singers, and his recordings have been highly acclaimed by public and press. Besides concertizing, he heads the piano department at the Haydn Conservatory in Austria, and is in regular demand as a jury member at competitions and masterclasses worldwide. Prize winners (for instance first prize at the Messiaen Competition in Paris 2007) number amongst his students.