The German tenor, Tilman Lichdi, grew up near Heilbronn, Germany, and started his first singing lessons at the age of 18 with Alois Treml of the Staatstheater Stuttgart. He first studied the trumpet for four years in Mannheim with Professor Günther Beetz and switched to voice studies with Profesoor Charlotte Lehmann (who also taught Thomas Quasthoff) in 1999 in Würzburg where he graduated with distinction.
Tilman Lichdi was, between 2005 and 2013, a permanent member of the Staatstheater Nurnberg. He there performed, among others, David in Wagner’s Mastersingers, the Steersman in Wagner’s Flying Dutchman, Tamino in W.A. Mozart's Die Zauberflöte, Ferrando in W.A. Mozart's Cosi fan tutte, Belmonte in W.A. Mozart's Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Don Ottavio in W.A. Mozart's Don Giovanni, Count Belfiore in W.A. Mozart's La Finta Giardiniera, Count Almaviva in The Barber of Sevil. He was awarded the Bavarian Arts Sponsorship Award 2012 in the category of Performing Arts.
Tilman Lichdi has established himself as one of the most distinguished interpreters of J.S. Bach's oratorios and of the Lied repertoire. He has made his mark especially as Evangelist and upon his debut with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in 2010, a Chicago reviewer wrote: "One can go a lifetime without hearing the Evangelist sung as well as by Tilman Lichdi, and I’m not forgetting Peter Schreier." Lichdi has given concerts across Europe, the USA and South America and performed under such conductors as Kent Nagano, Christoph Perick, Bernard Labadie, Ton Koopman, Martin Haselböck, Christoph Poppen, Marcus Bosch, Hervé Niquet, Hartmut Haenchen, Klaus Peter Flor and Mikhail Pletnev, to name a few.
Important dates and venues of the past years were, among others, J.S. Bach's St. John Passion (BWV 245) with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra conducted by Bernard Labadie, debut with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra / Messiah, as well as the Australian debut with Melbourne Symphony performing the Creation by Haydn. A new production at the Chatelet in Paris of a staged performance of W.A. Mozart's Version of the Messiah, conducted by Hartmut Haenchen, as well as J.S. Bach's St. John Passion (BWV 245) with the Münchner Philharmoniker under the baton of Ton Koopman and a European concert tour of J.S. Bach's Christmas Oratorio (BWV 248) with the Balthasar-Neumann-Chor & Balthasar-Neumann-Ensemble, placed under the direction of Thomas Hengelbrock.
The highlights of the 2013-2014 season were Tilman Lichdi’s debut with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra performing J.S. Bach's B minor Mass (BWV 232), W.A. Mozart's Requiem with the Residentie Orkest Den Haag, Cantatas by J.S. Bach with the WDR Rundfunkchor Köln and the Kölner Kammerorchester under the baton of Stefan Parkman, a program with works by Jan Dismas Zelenka with the Bayerischer Rundfunkchor under the direction of Peter Dijkstra, then J.S. Bach's Christmas Oratorio (BWV 248) in Lisbon with the Gulbenkian Orchestra, directed by Michel Corboz, concerts in Berlin and Oslo with the RIAS-Kammerchor and Concerto Köln, under the direction of Hans-Christoph Rademann, J.S. Bach's St. John Passion (BWV 245) with the Tonhalle Orchestra/Zurich under the baton of Ton Koopman and an extensive European tour with J.S. Bach's St.Mathew Passion (BWV 244) and the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra, equally conducted by Ton Koopman.
The highlights of Tilman Lichdi's 2014-2015 season are the cd production of W.A. Mozart's Don Giovanni with Teodor Currantzis and his ensemble Lux Aeterna for Sony Classics, the cd productionof J.S. Bach's St.Mathew Passion (BWV 244) with Frieder Bernius and the Musikpodium Stuttgart and a DVD/CD production of J.S. Bach's St. John Passion (BWV 245) with the Bayerischer Rundfunkchor and Peter Dijkstra. Concerts will take him to Lausanne (J.S. Bach's St. John Passion (BWV 245) - Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne-Michel Corboz), to Munich/Vienna (J.S. Bach's Magnificat (BWV 243) - Wiener Akademie-Martin Haselböck), to Leipzig (J.S. Bach's Christmas Oratorio (BWV 248) - Thomaskirche-Georg Christoph Biller) and a tour through Europe (J.S. Bach's Christmas Oratorio (BWV 248) - Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra-Ton Koopman) In 2015 there will be concerts with the Münchner Philharmoniker, the National Orchestra Madrid, the Zürich Tonhalle Orchestra and the Lyon Orchestra with Ton Koopman and the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra and with Michel Corboz and the Lisbon's Gulbenkian Orchestra as well as a J.S. Bach's St.Mathew Passion (BWV 244) tour through Spain with Illia Korol and the Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia. At the end of the season Tilman Lichdi will go on tour with Schubert´s Schöne Müllerin.
Various recordings have being produced in 2013, documentating the work of Tilman Lichdi: The first recording ever of the Berggeist…the Spirit of the Mountain by Franz Danzl for Carus under the direction of Frieder Bernius, followed by the recording for Sony-Classics with the Bayerischer Rundfunkchor under the direction of Peter Dijkstra and, above all, the double CD of works by Dietrich Buxtehude with the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra under the direction of Ton Koopman for Challenge Classics.