Matthias Goerne is one of the most internationally sought-after vocalists and a frequent guest at renowned festivals and concert halls. He has collaborated with leading orchestras all over the world. Conductors of the first rank as well as eminent pianists are among his musical partners.
Goerne’s artistry has been documented on numerous recordings, many of which have received prestigious awards, including four Grammy nominations, an ICMA award, and only recently the Diapason d’or arte. From 2001 through 2005, Matthias Goerne taught as an honorary professor of song interpretation at the Robert Schumann Academy of Music in Düsseldorf. In 2001, he was appointed an Honorary Member of the Royal Academy of Music in London. A native of Weimar, he studied with Hans-Joachim Beyer in Leipzig, and later with Elisabeth Schwarzkopf and Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau.
Recent highlights included concerts with leading orchestras in the U.S. and in Europe such as the Boston Symphony, Dallas Symphony, the Philadelphia Orchestra, Chicago Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, the Pittsburgh Symphony, Berlin Philharmonic, Orchestre de Paris, and the Philharmonia Orchestra London, as well as a series of song recitals with Leif Ove Andsnes and Markus Hinterhäuser in Dallas, Paris, Brussels, Milan, Madrid, London, and the new LOTTE Hall in Seoul, among many other venues.
In 2017 Matthias Gorne has been awarded the ECHO Klassik, the BBC Music Award and the Gramophone Award. In 2017/18 he is artist in residence at the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, in 2018/19 he will be artist in residence of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra.
In 2009, Jóhann Kristinsson started his vocal studies at the Reykjavík Academy of Singing and Vocal Arts. There, he studied with Bergþór Pálsson until the year 2013. He took on his first role, the role of Pastor Torfi in the Opera “Ragnheiður”, by Gunnar Þórðarson and Friðrik Erlingsson when the opera was premiered in the summer of 2013. Later the same year he sang the role of Morales in Bizet’s “Carmen” with the Icelandic Opera.
From 2015 he has been studying at Hochschule für Musik, „Hanns Eisler” Berlin, where he has studied with Scot Weir and received lessons from Thomas Quasthoff, Julia Varady and Wolfram Rieger. He has also attended masterclasses and received guidance from Thomas Hampson, Graham Johnson and Helmut Deutsch among others. In the summer of 2016, Jóhann was a finalist in the international Schumann competition. In March 2017, he was awarded the 3rd. prize as well as the “audience prize” at the international song competition DAS LIED, in Heidelberg.
Jóhann is a new member of the international opera studio at the Hamburg State Opera.
Starting in season 2018/2019 Hasselhorn joined the ensemble of the Vienna State Opera, where he appears in various roles such as Belcore (L’elisir d’amore), Figaro (Il barbiere di Siviglia), and Conte d’Almaviva (Le nozze di Figaro) amongst others. His concert engagements include appearances at the Bozar in Brussels, the Konzerthaus and Musikverein in Vienna, the Barbican Hall in London, the concert hall of the Luxembourg Philharmonic, Theater an der Wien, DeSingel in Antwerp, and in the prestigious Camerata Musica concert series in Cambridge. Collaboration partners include pianists Malcolm Martineau, Graham Johnson, and Justus Zeyen.
Highlights of his season 2017/2018 included debuts at the concert hall of the Munich Philharmonic, Wigmore Hall in London, in Frankfurt at the Hessischen Rundfunk, the Schubertiade Vilabertran in Barcelona, the Auditorio Nacional de Musica Madrid, the Tonhalle Zürich and the Grand Hall of the Moscow Conservatory.
Samuel Hasselhorn was a fellow at the Marlboro Festival in 2017 and was also invited both in 2014 and 2016 to be fellow at the Ravinia’s Steans Music Institute; as well as to sing at Carnegie Hall in Marilyn Horne’s “The Song Continues Series” in 2015. During his U.S. tour in 2017, he made recital debuts in Washington D.C., in New York City, at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, and with the Buffalo Chamber Music Society.
In season 2015/2016 he sang the lead role in Der Kaiser von Atlantis by Viktor Ullmann with the Studio de l’Opéra de Lyon. In season 2016/2017, he appeared as Masetto in Mozart’s Don Giovanni as a main stage member of l’Opéra de Lyon, and he made his debut at the Leipzig Opera in Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana.
His first two CDs “Nachtblicke” and “Dichterliebe²” were released in 2014 and 2018 on the GWK RECORDS label. His third CD will be released by Harmonia Mundi in May 2020.
Samuel Hasselhorn earned his degree in Opera Performance from the Hannover University of Music, Drama and Media with Professor Marina Sandel and at the Paris Conservatory with Malcolm Walker. He received further musical influences in masterclasses with Kiri Te Kanawa, Kevin Murphy, Thomas Quasthoff, Helen Donath, Annette Dasch, Susan Manoff, Jan-Philip Schulze, Anne Le Bozec, and Martin Brauß. Samuel received grants from the Walter and Charlotte Hamel Foundation, the Gundlach Music Award, and was recipient of the prestigious Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes. He currently holds the Lindemann Vocal Chair of Young Concert Artists in NYC and works regularly with his voice teacher Patricia McCaffrey.
Äneas Humm made his debut at Bremerhaven Theatre at the age of 18 in the opera “Kommititonen! Young Blood” by Sir Peter Maxwell Davies.
At the moment, the singer studies at the Hochschule für Künste Bremen with Krisztina Laki. He is also influenced by Thomas Mohr, David Thorner and Dora Kutschi-Doceva as well as the pianists Judit Polgar and Babette Hierholzer. It is very important for him to work with the director and conductor Thomas Albert under whose direction he was able to sing “De Profundis” by Nicolaus Bruhns with the Arp Schnittger Ensemble.
As a Lieder singer, he performed in Germany, Hungary, in the United States of America and in Switzerland. Äneas Humm has already been invited to several international festivals, such as the Liedfestival at the Lake of Zurich, the Langenberg Festival, the Arosa Kultursommer, the 23Arts Tannersville (USA) and the Musikfest Bremen.
Dutch baritone Raoul Steffani studied at the Conservatory of Amsterdam and at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna.
Currently Steffani is a member of the Dutch National Opera Academy.
Steffani has participated in master classes with Thomas Hampson, Christa Ludwig, Marjana Lipovšek, Nelly Miricioiu and Elly Ameling.
The young artist won the “Elisabeth Everts Prijs” and the “Grachtenfestival Concours” in Amsterdam in 2016 and is a multiple winner of the Prinses Christina Concours in the Netherlands.
The baritone was a strong interest in art song. His repertoire includes the Liederkreis op. 39 and the Dichterliebe op. 48 by Robert Schumann.
In March 2017, Steffani and the German pianist Gerold Huber perform in Munich and Muziekgebouw Eindhoven.
As a finalist of the “Dutch Classical Talent” contest, Steffani will also perform together with pianist Daan Boertien in the 11 biggest concert halls of Holland in 2018.
Hailed for his “big, rich voice and acting chops beyond the usual” (St. Louis Post-Dispatch), 24-year-old Sean Michael Plumb enters the Ensemble of the Bayerische Staatsoper in autumn 2016 having spent the summer in the Salzburg Festival’s Young Singers Project.
He was recognized during the 2015-16 season with a multitude of awards including the Grand Prize of the 2016 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, Top Prize at the 2016 Gerda Lissner Foundation International Vocal Competition, a 2016 Shoshana Foundation Grant, the 2015 Sullivan Foundation Award from The Sullivan Foundation, Top Prize at the 2015 Opera Index Competition, First Prize at the 2015 Gerda Lissner Liederkranz Competition, and the 2015 Theodor Uppman Prize from the George London Foundation.
Sean Michael Plumb has performed across the United States and with orchestras including the Los Angeles Opera Orchestra, and the Curtis Symphony. He has been a young artist at The Glimmerglass Festival, the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, and the Aspen Music Festival. He was honored by President Obama as a United States Presidential Scholar in the Arts at a ceremony at The White House.
Sean Michael Plumb was graduated from the Curtis Institute of Music where he studied under renowned instructors Mikael Eliasen and William Stone.
Born in Stuttgart/Germany to professional opera singer parents, Justin Austin began his singing career as a boy soprano performing at venues such as Teatro Real, Bregenzer Festspiele, Avery Fisher Hall, and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts .
2016 Justin Austin joined the Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts as a “Schwab Vocal Rising Star”, New York Festival Of Song in their “Emerging Artist Series”, and Opera Theatre of Saint Louis as a “Richard Gaddes Festival Artist”. In July, 2016 Justin was honored by the historic National Association of Negro Musicians Inc. and named the National Winner of their prestigious Vocal Performance Scholarship. 2017 Justin Austin will join Heidelberger Frühling 2017 as scholar at Lied Academy under the artistical direction of Thomas Hampson.
Justin Austin’s prizewinning competitions include the Benjamin Mathews International Vocal Competition, George London Foundation Awards Competition, Leontyne Price Vocal Arts Competition for Emerging Artists, Gerda Lissner International Vocal Competition, and the NANM National Vocal Competition.
Justin is a proud graduate of the Choir Academy of Harlem, Laguardia Arts, and Manhattan School of Music holding a Bachelor of Music Degree. he is currently a candidate for the Master of Music Degree at his alma mater.
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Admission free for students
€ 18 Day Pass | € 65 Lied Academy Season Ticket