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Thomas Quasthoff (Bass-Baritone)

Born: November 9, 1959 - Hildesheim, Lower Saxony, Germany

The German bass-baritone, Thomas Quasthoff, started his private voice studies at the age of 16 with Charlotte Lehmann and Carol Richardson in Hannover. After finishing his law studies at Hannover University, he became speaker at the Norddeutscher Rundfunk at the Landesfunkhaus Niederschen.

Thomas Quasthoff’s consequent artistic development is emphasized by his public awards: In 1984 he won the Kaminsky-Sonderpreis at the VDMK Rundewettbewerb for voice in Berlin, and in 1985 the second prize. In 1987 he received the first prize at the Mozart competition in Würzburg and has been awarded the only first prize for the best European radio production for voice at the Tribune Internationale de Jeunesse des Artistes in Bratislava. In June 1991 by Nidersächsisches Ministerium für Wissenschaft und Kultur.

Thomas Quasthoff performed in concerts and Lied recitals i.a. in Amsterdam, Berlin, Bordeaux, Brussels, Budapest, Dresden, Leipzig, Munich, Paris, Rome, Vienna and Zürich. In September 1992 he has a recital for Michail Gorbatschow during his stay in Germany. The past years his Lied recitals took him to Paris, Sevilla, Berlin, as well as the Edinburgh festival. Further highlights include a tour; as well as the ARD TV recording of J.S. Bach’s Christmas Oratorio (BWV 248) with Windsbacher Knabenchor; his participation at the Mozart-Wochen in Salzburg, as well as the highly successful co-operation with Pepe Romero. Future projects include a Japan tour with Helmuth Rilling and a tour with Sir Neville Marriner and the Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields.

In addition, Thomas Quasthoff has engagements for television productions and CD recordings. Already published are recordings of Carl Loewe ballads and Bach cantatas (with Edith Mathis and Hans Peter Blochwitz). In the beginning of 1992, he featured as a soloist in recording of the Johannes-Passion (BWV 245), with Enoch zu Guttenberg. Another CD with Lieder of Robert Schumann was published recently (1994).

In fall 1993 Thomas Quasthoff has been appointed lecturer at the Musikhochschule Hannover.

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Source: Liner notes to Hänssler CD 98.959 (Messe h-moll, conducted by Beringer, 1994)
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (April 2001); Walter Roth (November 2006)

Thomas Quasthoff: Short Biography | Thomas Quasthoff: Bach Cantatas

Recordings of Bach Cantatas & Other Vocal Works




Karl Friedrich Beringer


BWV 19, BWV 30
BWV 232, BWV 244 (Excerpts), BWV 248/1-6 [2nd]

Neithard Bethke


BWV 244

Riccardo Chailly


BWV 244 [2nd]

Michael Gielen


BWV 245 [Jesus, TV]

Enoch zu Guttenberg


BWV 245

Leonidas Kavakos


Video: BWV 56, BWV 73: Mvts. 3-4

Rainer Kussmaul


BWV 49, BWV 56, BWV 57, BWV 82, BWV 152, BWV 158

Seiji Ozawa


BWV 244

Simon Rattle


BWV 244 [1st, DVD], BWV 245 1st, DVD]

Helmuth Rilling


BWV 211, BWV 212, BWV 232, BWV 234, BWV 235, BWV 243, BWV 244, BWV 1088

Sebastian Weigle


Selections from BWV 244, BWV 245, BWV 248

Links to other Sites

Thomas Quasthoff - Bass-Baritone (Unofficial Website)
Thomas Quasthoff - A wonderfully vocal minority (LSM)
Thomas Quasthoff - Bass-Baritone (CMA)

Biography of Thomas Quasthoff (Deutsche Grammophon)
Thomas Quasthoff (George Hirsch)
Quasthoff, Thomas (Cantabile-Subto)


Thomas Quasthoff, Michael Quasthoff: Die Stimme (Ullstein Taschenbuchverlag, 2006, 336 pp); published in English as The voice - A memoir (Pantheon Books, 2007)
Thomas Quasthoff - Der Bariton (Henschel Verlag, Berlin, 176 pp)

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