The German organist, conductor and composer, Heinz Markus Göttsche, is the son of a teacher who grew up in Schleswig-Holstein. He attended the Gymnasiums in Neumünster, and even in early youth he already played the organ in various villages. After finishing high school, he studied church music in Berlin, including with Fritz Heitmann and Hans Chemin-Petit. During his military service in the Wehrmacht he was prisoner of the British forces. After World War II, he continued his studies at the Schleswig-Holsteinischen Musikakademie in Lübeck, finishing in 1949.
From 1949 to 1960 Heinz Markus Göttsche served as Kantor in Bad Oldesloe/Holstein. During this time he was also a lecturer at the Schleswig-Holsteinischen Musikakademie in Lübeck. Since 1960, he was District Kantor at the Christuskirche Mannheim, director of the Mannheimer Bach Orchestra & Choir, and also Professor for organ at the Kirchenmusikalischen Institut Heidelberg. He made numerous recordings for the label Da Camera.
In 1969 Heinz Markus Göttsche was appointed as Country Church Music Director at the Pfälzischen Landeskirche. He was director of the Ev. Jugendkantorei der Pfalz, and made with them numerous concert tours in several European countries as well as radio, television and recordings. He taught organ at the Musikhochschule in Mannheim; beoming Professor in 1984. Upon retirement, he was from 1987 to 1995 the conductor of Südpfälzischen Kammerorchester.
His works were published by Strube, Bärenreiter, Merseburg and others. Göttsche lives in the vicinity of Landau/Pfalz, and dedicates his time to composing and concert activities and the organization of the annual festival Musiktage Leinsweiler.