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German bass-baritone Thomas Quasthoff is recognized as one of the most remarkable singers performing today.
Since making his US debut at the Oregon Bach Festival with Helmuth Rilling, he has sung with the New York Philharmonic, Boston Symphony Orchestra in Boston and at Carnegie Hall, Chicago Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra and the Pittsburgh Symphony under the batons of Daniel Barenboim, Colin Davis, Mariss Jansons, Kurt Masur, Seiji Ozawa and Franz Welser-Moest. In recital, he has performed at Lincoln Center and The Kennedy Center, on the major recital series in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Boston, Toronto and Atlanta and made appearances at the Ravinia, Tanglewood and Mostly Mozart festivals and the Hollywood Bowl.
In Europe, Mr. Quasthoff regularly appears with the most distinguished orchestras such as the Berlin Philharmonic, Vienna Philharmonic, London Philharmonic Orchestra and London Symphony Orchestra under such eminent conductors as Sir Simon Rattle, Claudio Abbado, Bernard Haitink and Daniel Barenboim. Much in demand as a recitalist, he frequently sings in the major recital halls in Berlin, Vienna, Salzburg, Paris, Amsterdam and London.
A frequent guest at Carnegie Hall, Mr. Quasthoff's recent appearances there include the opening concert of the 2001/02 season with the Berlin Philharmonic led by Claudio Abbado, a recital with Angela Denoke with Daniel Barenboim at the keyboard and with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. During the 2003/04 season, Mr. Quasthoff sang a solo recital at Carnegie Hall with pianist Justus Zeyen and participated in a two week residency with the New York Philharmonic under the batons of Ricardo Muti and Lorin Maazel. Highlights of his 2004/05 season in the US are first appearances with the San Francisco Symphony (Tilson-Thomas), the Los Angeles Philharmonic (Salonen) and the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra (Levine) in Carnegie Hall, as well as a return engagement with the Cleveland Orchestra (Welser-Moest).
In April 2003, Thomas Quasthoff made his first staged opera appearance as Don Fernando in Fidelio with Sir Simon Rattle conducting the Berlin Philharmonic in Salzburg while in April 2004, he sang the role of Amfortas in Wagner's Parsifal at the Vienna State Opera with Donald Runnicles conducting.
Thomas Quasthoff has already amassed an impressive discography which includes recordings for BMG, Haenssler, EMI-Electrola, Philips and the Bayer labels. In June, 1999 he signed an exclusive recording contract with Deutsche Grammophon. In addition to several recital discs, recent and ongoing DG projects include German romantic arias with the orchestra of the Deutsche Oper Berlin conducted by Christian Thielemann and Mahler's Songs of a Wayfarer with Pierre Boulez and the Vienna Philharmonic. Recordings on the BMG label include lieder by Schumann, Schubert's Winterreise and a collection of Mozart concert and opera arias. His first recording for DG, Mahler's Des Knaben Wunderhorn with Anne Sofie von Otter and the Berlin Philharmonic conducted by Claudio Abbado, received the 1999 Grammy Award for best vocal performance while the Winterreise received a Grammy nomination in the same category. In February 2004, Mr. Quasthoff won a second Grammy for his recording of the orchestrated songs of Schubert with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe and Claudio Abbado. Two recital discs of lieder by Brahms, Liszt and Schubert with pianist Justus Zeyen also received 2000 and 2001 Grammy nominations.
The subject of numerous articles in the national press including Time, People and Esquire magazines, Mr. Quasthoff was also profiled on the CBS news program 60 Minutes and on NBC Nightly News with Tom Brokaw. A German television documentary about Mr. Quasthoff was recently awarded "The Golden Camera", the equivalent of an American Emmy Award.
Thomas Quasthoff began his vocal studies with Professor Charlotte Lehmann and Professor Huber-Contwig (musicology) in Hannover, Germany. His national and international awards include First Prize in the 1988 ARD International Music Competition in Munich, the Shostakovich Prize in 1996 (Moscow), and the Hamada Trust/ Scotsman Festival Prize (Edinburgh International Festival, 1996).
A dedicated teacher and advocate for young vocalists, Mr. Quasthoff was a professor at the Music Academy in Detmold, Germany from 1996-2004. Beginning in October 2004, he becomes a Professor of Vocal Music at the "Hanns Eisler" School for Music in Berlin.
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