Thomas Quasthoff

baritone

Thomas Quasthoff studied with Charlotte Lehmann and Ernst Huber-Contwig in Hanover, Germany and won the ARD International Music Competition in 1988. Today the Hildesheim native, who was born in 1959, counts among the most renowned of lieder and concert recitalists, with appearances in the world’s leading music centers. In the summer of 2005 he was featured as a LUCERNE FESTIVAL “artiste étoile.” In subsequent years he has also appeared as an artist-in-residence at the Vienna Musikverein, Carnegie Hall in New York, and the Amsterdam Concertgebouw. Highlights of the 2009-10 season have included a tour featuring lieder, duets, and quartets by Schumann as well as Bach’s St. Matthew Passion with the Berlin Philharmonic and Elgar’s The Dream of Gerontius with the Vienna Philharmonic, both conducted by Simon Rattle. Additionally, Thomas Quasthoff is currently engaged with his second program of jazz and a folk song project that he had prepared with Max Raabe, Angela Winkler, and Udo Samel. His career has included engagements with Claudio Abbado, Pierre Boulez, Bernard Haitink, Mariss Jansons, Kurt Masur, Seiji Ozawa, Christian Thielemann, and Franz Welser-Möst. Quasthoff made his operatic debut at the Salzburg Easter Festival in 2003 as Don Fernando in Beethoven’s Fidelio; in the 2004-05 season he performed Amfortas in a new production of Parsifal at the Vienna Staatsoper. His CDs have thus far won three Grammy Awards. In 2006 Thomas Quasthoff received the distinction of the European Cultural Prize for his accomplishments. In 2009 the Royal Philharmonic Society of London conferred a Gold Medal on the artist. He dedicates himself intensively to the education of singers, both through his professorship at the Hanns Eisler Music School in Berlin and through his own Lieder Competition, which he inaugurated in Berlin in 2009.

LUCERNE FESTIVAL debut on August 20, 2005 in seven orchestrated Schubert songs, with Claudio Abbado conducting the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA.

May 2010