Thomas Quasthoff is one of the most famous bass baritones in the world. Especially his interpretations of songs are groundbreaking. With his sonorous, narrative and to the nuances formative voice he has put in works by Schubert, Brahms, Liszt, Schoenberg and many other composers standards. He appeared in all major concert halls from Carnegie Hall to the Berlin Philharmonic with the most prestigious international orchestras and conductors.
Thomas Quasthoff has illuminated almost every niche of the repertoire for his voice. On stage, he was, among other things as a minister in Beethoven Fidelio and as Amfortas in Wagner Parsifal. Among his numerous publications as an exclusive artist for Deutsche Grammophon Bach cantatas find as Haydn arias, Schubert Winterreise and The beautiful Miller as well as the great song-Romantic repertoire. Quasthoff undertook trips in Mozart's aria world and he was hailed as a jazz singer who recorded with trumpeter Til Brönner "The Jazz Album" and later with his band the album "Tell It Like It Is," on the move between Soul, Rhythm Blues and Pop moved. Quasthoff's recordings have a total of three times awarded the Grammy and six times with an Echo Klassik; In addition he was awarded the Federal Cross of Merit.
In two autobiographies Quasthoff has over his career, his KontaganschÄdigung and his view of the music written ( "The Voice" and "The baritone"), also has documented his life in the movie "The Dreamer". Quasthoff, who was born in Hildesheim in 1959, tells of his childhood in which he was rejected as a student of the Music Academy in Hannover because of his handicap, by his father who encouraged him to sing in the church choir and his not very easy way to concert stages of the world. "It may fOr might sound funny many people," says the singer about his own life, "but I see myself as lucky. A lot of things in my life have indeed worked immediately, but I never resigned myself without a fight with a no."
Sure Quasthoff's expressiveness is also characterized by its diversity and its interest in social and political developments. First, he began studying law, worked as a radio presenter for NDR, where he performed as a vocal impersonator. His breakthrough began in 1984 as a bass player in Louis Spohr The Last Things and by winning the International Music Competition of the ARD in 1988. FOr Thomas Quasthoff is the music more than entertainment - it is an expression of our time, their longings, fears and joys.
The career of Thomas Quasthoff is accompanied by his commitment to the next generation. Besides his work as a professor, he organized a private singing contest and mingles again critical in the debate against the flattening of the music. For Deutsche Grammophon he recorded "The small auditorium" a CD in the series, in which he children Schubert The beautiful Miller explained.
In early 2012 gave Quasthoff his resignation as lead singer. The singing and the arts but he remains faithful. It shall continue as a professor at the Hanns Eisler Music Academy in Berlin, are cabaret programs (among others with Michael Frowin and Jochen Kilian), tells how works Peter and the Wolf, acts as spokesman and reciter at concerts on (inter alia as Pasha Selim in Abduction from the Seraglio with Rolando Villazon in Baden-Baden) or moderates "Thomas Quasthoff night conversations" at the Berlin Konzerthaus.
With his album "My Christmas" published in autumn 2014, an additional intake of Thomas Quasthoff with Deutsche Grammophon, where he sings his personal US favorite carols with great swing and to recited German poems.
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