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Markus Brutscher (Tenor)

Born: 1966 - Landsberg, Bavaria, Germany

The German tenor, Markus Brutscher, was born in Landsberg in Bavaria and raised in Augsburg. He received his initial musical education in the boys choirs of the Regensburger Domspatzen and Augsburger Domsingknaben. In 1985, he began his formal studies at the Leopold Mozart Conservatory in Augsburg, going on to High School for Music in Munich. He went on to study with Norma Sharp at the Hans Eisler Hochschule für Musik in Berlin, in London with Rudolf Piernay, in Frankfurt with Karlheinz Jarius and finally in Maastricht with Mya Besselink.

Markus Brutscher started his career whilst still a student and soon became one of the most sought-after tenors in Germany. He has performed in all the major music capitals of Europe, the USA and Asia. He is a permanent guest soloist at the Berlin, Leipzig, Halle, Ansbach, Salzburg, Boston, Toronto, Rio de Janeiro, Japan and Israel international festivals. Recently he was guest soloist with the Vienna Academy at the Osterklang-Festival in Vienna, performed for the European Capital of Culture in the city of Salamanca, performed with the Kölner Kammerorchester in the the Kölner Philharmonie and in the Theatre des Champs Elysees in Paris.

Markus Brutscher regularly works with prominent orchestras in Europe and America as well as with leading conductors such as Andrew Parrott, Frieder Bernius, Robert King, Peter Neumann, René Jacobs, Michael Schneider, Gary Bertini, Hermann Max, Helmuth Rilling, Martin Haselböck, and Helmut Müller-Brühl.

Brutscher, renowned primarily for his early music performances is also happy in repertoire up to the present day and regularly performs Lieder recitals with Camillo Radecke Winterreise, and songs by Haydn with Barbara Maria Willi (Fortepiano). More recently however, he has been developing his operatic career. He has performed opera under Christoph Spering, Wolfgang Katschner and Michael Schneider in the Schlosstheater Sanssouci, in the Hans-Otto-Theater Potsdam. His most recent performance was in the role of Adastro in Traetta's Antigona, under the direction of Paul Dombrecht in Bruges, Antwerp, Salamanca and Brussels.

In his 2002-2003 season Markus Brutcher starred as Alessandro in W.A. Mozart's Il re pastore with the Ensemble Transparant in Antwerp and Brussels as well as also being cast as Kreonte in Traetta's Antigona at the Stadttheater Gießen. In September 2003 Markus Brutscher was Monostatos in W.A. Mozart's The Magic Flute conducted by Marc Minkowski in the spectacular stage performance of La Fura dels Baus which was shown at the RuhrTriennale. His 2003-2004 season included a performance as Eisenstein in Johann Strauss' Die Fledermaus at the Stadttheater Gießen as well as the part of Kudrias in Janacek's Katja Kabanova at the Stadttheater Bielefeld. In 2005 he performed at the Teatro Real in Madrid as Monostatos in W.A. Mozart´s The Magic Flute, in Stuttgart at the Staatsoper, as Monostatos, and in Japan with several performances of the Messiah with the Tokyo Symphonie Orchestra.

In 2008 Markus Brutcher appeared on the CD's Zaide by W.A. Mozart with the Orchester Wiener Akademie under Martin Haselböck, B minor Mass (BWV 232) by J.S. Bach, directed by Marc Minkowski and Paulus by Felix Mendelssohn under Doris Hagel. He also released his first solo CD with Lunaris records: "Bleibt ihr Engel, bleibt bei mir" Cantatas and arias by J.S. Bach with Hajo Wienroth flute, Mark Baigent oboe and Le Chardon Baroque ensemble.

The musical press are unanimous in their praise of Markus Brutscher´s musical ability; the remarkable timbre of his voice as well as his vocal techniques and overwhelming stylistic sovereignty in all languages. He has also found international acknowledgement for his high level of commitment to contemporary music. He has been involved in numerous radio and CD productions. More than 60 recordings on labels as EMI-Electrola, Harmonia Mundi and Capriccio show the versatility of Markus Brutscher as a singer.

Markus Brutscher is currently composing a symphonic mass.

Source: Liner notes to Capriccio 2-CD 60033-2 (Mass in H-Moll, conducted by Max, 1993); Liner notes to the 2-CD album ‘Bach: Passio secundum Johannem’ conducted by Peter Neumann (MDG, 2000); Le Chardon Website
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (April 2001, June 2009)

Recordings of Bach Cantatas & Other Vocal Works




Frieder Bernius


BWV 225-229

Roland Büchner


BWV 10, BWV 243a

Matthias Grünert


BWV 232, BWV 248/1-6 [2nd]

Werner Hümmeke


BWV 248 (x2)

Roderich Kreile


BWV 248/1-3 [2nd]

Françoise Lasserre


BWV 244 [Video, Evangelist]

Hermann Max


BWV 127
V-1 (1992):
BWV 232 [1st recording]
BWV 237, BWV 238, BWV 243a, BWV 245
C.H. Graun- G.P. Telemann, J.C. Altnikol-J. Kuhnau-J.S. Bach: Passions-Pasticcio

Hermann Max


Member of Rheinische Kantorei:
C-2 (1990);
BWV 127, C.H. Graun- G.P. Telemann, J.C. Altnikol-J. Kuhnau-J.S. Bach: Passions-Pasticcio

Marc Minkowski


V-1 (2008): BWV 232 [1st recording]

Peter Neumann


Video (2009): BWV 45, BWV 23
BWV 245
G.F. Handel: Brockes Passion, HWV 48

Gotthold Schwarz


Radio: BWV 9, BWV 23, BWV 45, BWV 105, BWV 157

Hajo Wienroth


BWV 55, BWV 82; Arias from BWV 19, BWV 78, BWV 161, BWV 188, BWV 247, BWV 249

Roland Wilson


BWV 2, BWV 7, BWV 38

Achim Zimmermann


BWV 244

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