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Christoph Prégardien

Jury member for song prize.

Christoph Prégardien, the German lyric tenor, is one of the most admired artists of our time, not only as a distinguished singer, but also because of his work as a teacher, innovator and chamber musician.

Especially noted as a Lieder singer, Christoph Prégardien regularly performs at the major recital venues throughout Europe, Japan and North America. He appears with renowned orchestras, including the Berlin and Vienna Philharmonics, Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam, Staatskapelle Dresden, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Philharmonia Orchestra and the Boston and San Francisco Symphonies. His orchestral repertoire includes the great baroque, classical and romantic oratorios and passions, as well as works from the 17th and 20th centuries.

His wide experience singing the Evangelist in Bach’s Passions and his collaboration with conductors such as Kent Nagano, Riccardo Chailly, Philippe Herreweghe, Nikolaus Harnoncourt and Fabio Luisi encouraged him to approach this repertoire from the podium and, in 2012, Christoph Prégardien conducted the Ensemble Le Concert Lorrain and Nederlands Kamerkoor in Bach’s St John Passion on tour in Europe.

Mr Prégardien’s discography numbers over 130 titles. His recordings of German Lieder have won the Prix Georg Solti, German Record Critics’ Prize, Edison Award, Cannes Classical Award and the Diapason d’Or. His recording of Schubert’s Die schöne Müllerin was Record and Vocal Recital of the Year at MIDEM 2009.

He has taught at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Zurich and at the Hochschule für Musik in Cologne and has published an innovative multi-media DVD/book addressing vocal technique and musical interpretation.