1959 年 十一月 9日 (58 岁)
Hildesheim, Niedersachsen, 德国
German bass-baritone Thomas Quasthoff is recognized as one of the most remarkable
singers of his generation. A frequent guest of both the Berlin and the Vienna
Philharmonic Orchestras he appears regularly with the world’s leading orchestras
under such renowned conductors as Claudio Abbado, Daniel Barenboim, Bernard
Haitink, Mariss Jansons, Kurt Masur, Seiji Ozawa, Sir Simon Rattle, Helmuth Rilling,
Christian Thielemann and Franz Welser-Möst.
Thomas Quasthoff’s début in 1995 at the Oregon Bach Festival laid the basis for his
highly successful career in the USA. Having since returned numerous times for
appearances with the most important orchestras and festivals, he regularly appears at
New York’s Carnegie Hall since his outstanding recital début there in January 1999
In March 2003 Thomas Quasthoff gave his highly acclaimed opera début in the role of
Don Fernando/FIDELIO with the Berlin Philharmonic under Sir Simon Rattle at the
Salzburg Easter Festival. His remarkable début at the Vienna Staatsoper in the role of
Amfortas/PARSIFAL under Donald Runnicles followed in the Spring of 2004. In
January 2005 he returned to Vienna in the same role to perform under the baton of Sir
Highlights of the 2007/08 season include concerts with the Vienna and Berlin
Philharmonic, Berliner Barocksolisten, Boston Symphony, Staatskapelle Dresden as
well as a residency at London’s Wigmore Hall and recitals in Berlin, Boston, at the
Schubertiade festival in Schwarzenberg and at the Salzburg Festival. Duo recitals are
to be given with Bernarda Fink in Düsseldorf and Dortmund as well as with Michael
Schade in Schwarzenberg and Berlin.
As of 1999 Thomas Quasthoff has an exclusive recording contract with the Deutsche
Grammophon Gesellschaft (DGG). Three of his CDs have received coveted
„Grammy” awards: Mahler’s LIEDER AUS DES KNABEN WUNDERHORN
(together with Anne Sofie von Otter under Claudio Abbado), orchestrated Schubert
Lieder (with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, also under Claudio Abbado), and, in
spring 2006 for his Bach CANTATAS together with the Berlin Baroque Soloists.
Further recordings with DGG are Lieder by Brahms and Liszt (with pianist Justus
Zeyen), Schubert’s SCHWANENGESANG, Brahm’s VIER ERNSTE GESÄNGE, a
CD with Romantic German Lieder, German opera arias (with Christian Thielemann)
and Mahler’s LIEDER EINES FAHRENDEN GESELLEN (with the Vienna
Philharmonic under Kurt Masur). In October 2005 he released Schubert’s DIE
SCHÖNE MÜLLERIN (with accompanist Justus Zeyen) and a DVD with Schubert’s
WINTERREISE accompanied by Daniel Barenboim. Recently a CD with sacred
Arias, called „Betrachte meine Seel” has been released and nominated for the
Grammy. Together with Till Brönner he realised a jazz project which was on tour to
New York, Vienna, Cologne and Berlin. It has also been released on CD and awarded
the prestigious Echo prize.
Thomas Quasthoff began his vocal studies with Professor Charlotte Lehmann and
Professor Huber-Contwig (musicology) in Hannover, Germany. His national and
international music awards include among others the First Prize in the 1988 ARD
International Music Competition Munich. Further prizes include the Shostakovich in
1996 (Moscow) and the Hamada Trust/Scotsman Festival Prize (Edinburgh
International Festival, 1996).
The artist held a professorship at the vocal department of the Music Academy in
Detmold, Germany since 1996, where he maintained a vigorous teaching schedule,
before accepting a new position at the Hanns Eisler Music University in Berlin in the
Fall of 2004. As of 2003 he holds the patronage of the foundation of „Children of
Tschernobyl of Lower Saxony”.
Thomas Quasthoff received from the President of the German Republic the Order of
Merit in October 2005. One year later, he was awarded the European Culture Price for
Music at the Dresden Frauenkirche.
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