Thomas Quasthoff is a world-renowned German bass-baritone singer and a celebrated performer of classical music. Born on November 9, 1959, Quasthoff developed a passion for music at a young age and began singing in choirs as a child. He went on to study at the Music Conservatory of Hanover, where he received training in voice and performance.
Quasthoff made his professional debut in 1983, and over the course of his career, he has performed with some of the world’s leading orchestras, including the Berlin Philharmonic, the London Symphony Orchestra, and the New York Philharmonic. He is known for his powerful voice, rich tone, and exceptional interpretation of a wide range of musical styles, from classical to jazz.
In addition to his successful performing career, Quasthoff is also a highly sought-after teacher and mentor. He has taught at several music conservatories and has served as a juror for several international singing competitions. He is also a passionate advocate for musicians with disabilities and has used his platform to raise awareness about the challenges that musicians with disabilities face.
Throughout his career, Quasthoff has received numerous awards and accolades, including the Echo Klassik Prize, the Golden CD, and the Gramophone Award. He has also been honored by the German government with the Federal Cross of Merit and the Order of Merit.
Thomas Quasthoff is a true musical icon and a testament to the power of the human spirit. His exceptional talent, dedication, advocacy for fellow musicians and passion for music continue to inspire and delight audiences around the world.
Listen to Thomas Quasthoff and Sylvia Schwartz perform 4 Mozart arias:
(00:14) Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: “Papagena! Papageno!” from DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE (Sylvia Schwartz, soprano & Thomas Quasthoff, baritone)
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(03:09) Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: “Giunse alfin il momento… Deh vieni, non tardar” (Recitative & “Rosenarie”) from LE NOZZE DI FIGARO (Sylvia Schwartz, soprano)
(08:35) Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: “Per questa bella mano”, Concert Aria for bass, K. 612 (Thomas Quasthoff, baritone & Christoph Anacker, double bass)
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(16:52) Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: “Ein Mädchen oder Weibchen” from DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE (Thomas Quasthoff, baritone & Julien Salemkour, keyboard glockenspiel)
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Listen to Thomas Quasthoff perform Der Leiermann as set by Schubert:
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Learn more about Thomas Quasthoff: https://www.britannica.com/biography/Thomas-Quasthoff
[Image Thomas Quasthoff bei einem Auftritt in Köln by Elke Wetzig (Elya), CC BY-SA 3.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0>, via Wikimedia Commons https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Thomas_Quasthoff_2010.jpg ]