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Christoph Leonhardt (Tenor)

Born: 1968 - Bad Nauheim, Hesse, Germany.

The German tenorm Christoph Leonhardt, he headed during his school years, the church and trombone choir of his church, worked as a part-time organist and founded several own ensembles. He studied Protestant theology and musicology in Frankfurt and Mainz and then singing and music pedagogy at the Musikhochschule "Carl Maria von Weber“ in Dresden. His thesis on the Evangelist role in J.S. Bach's Matthäus-Passion (BWV 244) was published in the 2000 yearbook of the Musikhochschule "Carl Maria von Weber".

During his studies Christoph Leonhardt began to pusue an extensive solo concert career. He joined, among others as part of the Bach-Woche der Heilig-Geist-Kirche Heidelberg, the Mittelsächsischen Kultursommer, in the Katholischen Hofkirche Dresden and Bautzener Dom. In J.S. Bach-year 2000, he performed the tenor solos in, initiated by the Deutschen Musikrat, overall performance of the 1st Leipzig cantata year of the Thomaskantor. He also participated in master-classes with Edith Mathis, Brigitte Fassbaender and Peter Schreier and gained stage experience in the Opernchorstudio of the Dresdener Semperoper.

After completing his studies, Christoph Leonhardt was as choir tenor and tenor soloist at the Landestheater Detmold and the Hessischen Staatstheater Wiesbaden, but already participated during this period in several projects of the Rundfunkchor Berlin. Since 2004, he is a permanent member of this ensemble. His performances as a soloist in the Rundfunkchor Berlin, included, among others, in May 2008 with the Konzerthausorchester Berlin, conducted by Michael Gielen.

 

Source: Rundfunkchor Berlin Website, English translation by Aryeh Oron (July 2015); Photo 01: Matthias Heyde, 2008
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Aryeh Oron (July 2015)

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