Thomas Quasthoff

November 9, 1959 - Hildesheim (Germany)

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Thomas Quasthoff was born in Hildesheim, Germany in 1959 and began his musical studies in Hanover in 1972.

Heralded as “one of the great singers of our time and certainly one of the most remarkable of any time” (Los Angeles Times), his debut in 1995 at the Oregon Bach Festival laid the basis for his highly successful career in the USA, and he has worked with the world’s most renowned orchestras and conductors at all the prestigious houses and festivals.

His recordings as an exclusive Deutsche Grammophon artist have earned a long and growing list of international awards and prizes including three Grammys®, the Echo Award, BBC Music Magazine Award, Amadeus Music Award and Orphée d’or.

Quasthoff held a professorship at the Music Academy in Detmold from 1996–2004; from 2004 until today he holds a professorship at Berlin’s Hanns Eisler Hochschule für Musik. In 2004 he received Hildesheim’s Ring of Honour; in 2005 he was awarded the Order of Merit of the Republic of Germany; in 2006 he received the European Culture Prize for Music at the Dresden Frauenkirche; and in 2009, the Herbert von Karajan Music Prize as an exceptional artist who “captures the hearts of his audience in virtually all of his performances”.

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