Born: January 17, 1908 - Schleswig, Germany
Died: November 26, 1991 - Viersen, Germany
The German tenor, Heinz Marten, learned first as his father the carpenter handicraft. Then the training of its voice took place via Albert Fischer and via Oscar Rees in Berlin.
In 1928 Heinz Marten made his debut as concert and oratorio singer in a concert at the Cathedral of Schleswig. In 1934 he sang for the first time in Leipzig the Evangelist in J.S. Bach’s Matthäus-Passion (BWV 244) under Karl Straube. Since then he often appeared together with the Thomanerchor Leipzig. He sang in 1936 under Herbert von Karajan in Brussels, in 1938 he appeared in Vienna, in 1942 at the Maggio Musicale Florence as a concert singer. In 1938 he received the Music Prize of Berlin, where he had taken in the meantime his domicile. He sang also in a vocal quartet, which included also Helene Fahrni, Hildegard Hennecke and Fred Drissen. In 1945-1950 he lived again in Schleswig, and in 1950-1956 in Bielefeld.
Since 1956 Heinz Marten was a professor at the Musikhochschule von Köln. That in particular he was estimated as a Bach interpreter entered only once on stage, in 1953 in Bielefeld.
Recordings: Die Kantorei (about 1931), DGG (Magnificat (BWV 243) by J.S. Bach), Imperial, Vox, Oiseau-Lyre (Weihnachts-Oratorium (BWV 248) by J.S. Bach), Mercury (Lieder of Johannes Brahms).