The German counter-tenor, Thomas Riede, gained from 1990 to 1994 singing experience in the famous Rundfunk-Jugendchor Wernigerode under Friedrich Krell. After completing his schooling - he studied music in Weimar. In October 1997 he started studying singing at the University of Music & Theatre in Leipzig. At the beginning, Riede, still a baritone, was taught by Jörn Dopfer. At the same time, however, he tried singing as a counter-tenor and shortly thereafter definitively changed his register. This decision soon paid off as six months later he won a scholarship of the German Council of Music (Deutscher Musikrat) together with the vocal sextet Die Weimarer Hofsänger. From the end of 1998 until the final exams in 2003, he studied under Jitka Kovařiková. In master-classes with Andreas Scholl, Axel Köhler and Rebecca Stewart he has perfected his vocal abilities and interpretive skills in the field of Baroque and Renaissance music.
From the beginning of his studies, Thomas Riede has performed as a soloist as well as a member of different ensembles. He regularly works with famous conductors such as Philippe Herreweghe, Frieder Bernius, Hermann Max, Ludger Rémy, Wolfgang Katschner, Fabio Biondi and Fabio Biondi. As a singer in the Collegium Vocale Gent and the Kammerchor Stuttgart he sings with famous Baroque interpreters with worldwide reputations. As a member of the Wittenberger Hofkapelle he has focused on Renaissance music since 2004. His travels abroad have taken him thus far to Italy, France, Spain, Belgium, the Netherlands, Great Britain, Croatia and Hungary.
Thomas Riede also has comic talent and regularly entertains audiences together with the vocal quintet Die Spinnesänger from