234th Season

Thomas Quasthoff

Baritone

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-Moest.

Thomas Quasthoff’s debut 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 debut there in January 1999 (WINTERREISE/Schubert).

In March 2003 Thomas Quasthoff gave his highly acclaimed opera debut in the role of Don Fernando/FIDELIO with the Berlin Philharmonic under Sir Simon Rattle at the Salzburg Easter Festival. His remarkable debut 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 Simon Rattle.

Highlights of the 2008/09 season include recitals with Daniel Barenboim in Berlin and Milan as well as further recitals in Amsterdam, Cologne, London, Graz, Barcelona and Schwarzenberg. Together with Michael Schade he appeared in Cologne and Luxembourg. Further engagements were Haydn’s DIE SCHOEPFUNG under the baton of Daniel Harding, Mahler’s KINDERTOTENLIEDER and RUECKERT-LIEDER with Daniel Barenboim as well as Mendelssohn’s ELIJAH at the Vienna Musikverein, a concert with the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra in Berlin and New Year’s concerts with the Berlin Philharmonic under Sir Simon Rattle. In America, he appeared with the New York Philharmonic under Riccardo Muti and Daniel Barenboim in New York as well as with Sir Simon Rattle in Philadelphia and he could be heard with the Concertgebouw Orchestra and Mariss Jansons in Amsterdam and Vienna as well as with the Leipzig Gewandhaus-Orchester in Leipzig and London.

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 GESAENGE, 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 SCHONE MULLERIN (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 Brunner 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 and a Grammy nomination. Furthermore, the DGG produced a CD for children named “Singen mit Thomas Quasthoff” which also has been awarded the Echo prize. His most recent recording is Bach’s DIALOGUS CANTATAS together with Dorothea Rоеschmann and the Berlin Baroque Soloists. 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.

For many years, Thomas Quasthoff has dedicated himself to the Lied, and it is his deepest desire to preserve this art form. Therefore he has founded a Lied-Competition which took place for the first time in Berlin in February 2009. The goal is to allow young, highly-gifted singers and their pianists to be able to gauge themselves against other singers of their generation in a competition environment. In addition, the prizewinners will also be given the opportunity to appear at important concert halls around the world, such as Berlin’s Philharmonie, London’s Wigmore Hall or Vienna’s Musikverein. To guarantee their effectiveness in furthering the musician’s careers, all financial awards take the form of monthly stipends.

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. In May 2009, Thomas Quasthoff received the Gold Medal of the Royal Philharmonic Society in London.

Mariinsky Theatre:
1 Theatre Square
St. Petersburg
Mariinsky-2 (New Theatre):
34 Dekabristov Street
St. Petersburg
Mariinsky Concert Hall:
20 Pisareva street
St. Petersburg