Born on 16 October 1971 in the Swiss mountain village of Amden, Michael von der Heide is one of Switzerland's best-known and most multitalented singers.
Michael von der Heide performs in French, German, Swiss German, English or Italian and mixes pop, jazz, folk and rock with traditional French chanson. Michael seems to move with ease through all these types of music. He creates images and memories in the minds of his listeners, inevitably finding the right tone and mood for each piece. He has played the piano and guitar since childhood, writes many of his own songs and also composes for a variety of other artists.
To date, Michael von der Heide has released eight albums and 18 singles. Many of his CDs have been Swiss chart hits. His touring record is impressive, currently standing at over 1,000 concerts in Switzerland, Germany, France, Canada, Hungary and Austria – not to mention countless TV appearances. He is also an actor, having worked with producer Christoph Marthaler on the stages of the Lyon Théâtre National, the Berliner Volksbühne, and the Zurich Schauspielhaus.
Michael von der Heide also loves to work with other artists. He sang the duet Kriminaltango with German legend Nina Hagen and appeared with Ute Lemper, Catherine Ringer, Régine and Angélique Kidjo at the Montreux Jazz Festival.