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Max Ciolek (Tenor)

Born: November 4, 1959 - Dortmund, North-Rhine, Westphalia, Germany

The German tenor (also conductor and photographer), Max Ciolek, received his singing training initially with Alastair Thompson as a member of the King’s Singers, then with John Potter at the Akademie für Alte Musik in Bremen and with Mechthild Georg in Cologne. He participated in master-classes with Emma Kirkby and Christoph Prégardien.

Max Ciolek has made a name for himself, amongst other activities, as a J.S. Bach singer in international demand. He has given concerts in nearly all European countries, in such venues as the Cologne Philharmonie and the Amsterdam Concertgebouw. He has also appeared in China, Morocco and the USA. He has worked with such conductors as Philippe Herreweghe, Hermann Max, Peter Neumann, Reinhard Goebel and Jörg Straube. His American debut concerts were conducted by Ton Koopman. In the Bach year 2000 he participated in tours to Australia and South America performing J.S. Bach’s Mass in B minor (BWV 232) under the baton of Sigiswald Kuijken. He is also an increasingly frequent guest at international festivals, including Bachfest Leipzig, the Académies Musicales de Saintes, and the Flanders Festival and the Rheingau-Musikfestival.

Max Ciolek's numerous broadcasts CD recordings testify to his wide-ranging repertoire, and his flexibility for vocal music of all centuries, which, in addition to the J.S. Bach's Evangelists, includes works by Heinrich Schütz, through W.A. Mozart and Felix Mendelssohn, right up to Benjamin Britten.

Source: Kammerchor Wupperfeld, English translation by Aryeh Oron (September 2003); Harmonia Mundi Website (August 2002)
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Aryeh Oron (September 2003)

Recordings of Bach Cantatas & Other Vocal Works




Hans-Christoph Becker-Foss


BWV 232 [1st ], BWV 244 [1st]

Wolfgang Karius


BWV 248

Wolfgang Kläsener


BWV 245 [2nd], BWV 248 [1st]

Sigiswald Kuijken


BWV 232

Rainer Oster


BWV 33, BWV 83, BWV 92, BWV 137

Michael Reif


BWV 248/1,4-6

Links to other Sites

Max Ciolek – Tenor (Kammerchor Wupperfeld) [German]
Max Ciolek (Official Website) [German]
Max Ciolek – Tenor (T-Online) [German]

Max Ciolek (Kirchenchor Thun-Strättligen) [German]
Featured Artist: Max Ciolek (Harmonia Mundi)
Homepage des Fachbereiches Musik: Max Ciolek (Gesang) [German]

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