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The German tenor Knut Schoch studied singing in Hamburg with Wilfried Jochens and Alan Speer, completing his studies by attending varoius master-classes. He still gets coaching by Margreet Honig, his teacher since 2005, as well as continuing education in several subjects connected to singing, vocal education, and background.
His huge repertoire extends from medieval works to the premières of contemporary pieces and includes oratorios, chamber music, Lieder and Baroque and Classical Operas (e.g. by Monteverdi, Keiser, Campra, Mozart etc.).
After specializing in the historical performance practice of music written before 1850, notably Bach’s Passions (in which he sings the role of the Evangelist), Bach’s Cantatas (he took part in a complete recording for BrilliantRecords a.o.) or the oratorios of Handel and his contemporaries, Knut Schoch expanded his repertoire up to 20th and 21st century, including great romantic oeuvres as Beethoven’s 9th Symphony or Mahler’s „Lied von der Erde“.
Knut Schoch is known in the European early music scene as one of the leading young tenors. His concentration on text in this genre gives him the optimal advantage for the classical and romantic song repertoire, which he performed successfully all over the world: Together with the guitarist Carsten Linck he recorded Schubert’s „Schöne Müllerin“ and early 19th century guitar songs, he presented the well-known Schubert song cycles with Eckart Begemann as well as Ludger Rémy on fortepiano and performed Lied repertoire from Schubert to Liszt with Mathias Weber on his Érard fortepiano. Together with Johannes Debus and Henning Lucius and other pianists, he has for more than twenty years been creating exceptional Lied programmes and has also been greatly inspired through his intensive work with Norman Shetler.
Knut Schoch is much in demand as a soloist both at home and abroad, performing all over Europe, in America, Asia, and Australia appearing regularly at leading festivals including the Göttingen and Halle Händel Festival, Vienna, Milano, Paris, Copenhagen, Stockholm, Tokyo, Shanghai, and the Flandern Festival. Many radio and television recordings as well as more than 100 CDs ( a.o. with Acanthus, Amphion, ars, BrilliantRecords, Carus, cpo, capriccio, DeutscheHarmoniaMundi, Naxos, Sony) reflect the range of his activities. He has worked with many important ensembles and has appeared with well-known conductors such as Ivor Bolton, Thomas Hengelbrock, Jos van Immerseel, Konrad Junghänel, Ton Koopman, Sigiswald Kuijken, Gustav Leonhardt and Joshua Rifkin.
Among other awards Knut Schoch received a prize at the 1999 International Musica antiqua Competition in Brugge / Belgium.
Apart from his singing he also appears as a conductor and ensemble leader with vocal and chamber music in Germany and abroad. Since 1993 Knut Schoch teaches singing and historical performance practice at the Hamburger Konservatorium, he is Head of the Voice Department and Principal of the International Academic Year, a special one-year-program for students from abroad.
During the period 1999 – 2002 he taught as a Professor at the Hamburg Musikhochschule, from 2008 – 14 also at the Bremen Hochschule für Künste. In addition he gives workshops and masterclasses as well in Germany as e.g. in Portugal, Japan (Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka, Yokohama, Nagano, etc.), China (Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Zhejiang, etc.) or at the HongKong Academy for Performing Arts, and taught as Visiting Fellow at the Australian National University, Canberra.
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