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Hanno Müller-Brachmann

Hanno Müller-Brachmann

As a song, concert and opera singer, the German bass baritone Hanno Müller-Brachmann works together with many influencing musicians’ personalities of our time, including Sir Simon Rattle, Bernard Haitink, Daniel Barenboim, Marek Janowski, and Sir Andrew Davis. In the past, he has worked with Sir Neville Marriner, Pierre Boulez, Kurt Masur or Sir Charles Mackeras.

His engagements led him to orchestras such as the Berlin and Vienna Philharmonic Orchestras, the Symphony Orchestras of Chicago, Boston and Shanghai, the Philharmonic Orchestras of New York and London, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, the Concertgebow Orchestra of Amsterdam, the State Orchestras of Berlin and Dresden as well as to the most Radio Orchestras of Europe.

Grown up in South Baden he began his vocal education with the Knabenkantorei Basel. He studied Educational Theory in Music Teaching under Ingeborg Most in Freiburg, attended the voice class of Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau in Berlin and took his concert exam after his postgraduate studies under Rudolf Piernay in Mannheim. He won the National Voice Championship Berlin in 1992 (junior) & 1994 (concert) and the Meistersinger Championship Nürnberg in 1995.

In 1998, Daniel Barenboim integrated Hanno Müller-Brachmann – who was still pursuing his studies - in the ensemble of the Berlin State Opera, where he sang the important Mozart parts but also Orest (Elektra), Kaspar (Freischütz), Amfortas (Parsifal) and Wotan (Rheingold) until 2011. Guest contracts followed, among others, in San Francisco, at the State Operas in Munich, Hamburg, Vienna and at the Milan Scala.

Another focus in the artist’s work is the song. His first CD and his vocal debut with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra was accompanied by Malcolm Martineau. András Schiff was his partner during his song debuts at the London Wigmore Hall, the Vienna Concert House and the Summer Music Days. Hanno Müller-Brachmann is currently closely associated with his pianist Hartmut Höll, regarding both the educational domain as well as on stage. Graham Johnson, Denés Varjon, Matthias Alteheld, Marcus Creed, Eric Schneider and Axel Bauni are further co-pianists of the bass baritone.

As of the beginning of his studies, Hanno Müller-Brachmann was highly interested in educational tasks and took over guest lectureships during his activity for the Berlin State Opera, first at the UdK in Berlin, then at the HfM “Hanns Eisler”. He gave master classes at the Opera Studio of the Berlin States Opera, the Opera in Frankfurt, the Music School in Basel or in Tokio and he was mentor at the German Music Council and the Liz Mohn Culture and Music Foundation. At the “Bundeswettbewerb Gesang Berlin e.V.“ he served as chairman of the board.

Today, he is a professor for Vocal Arts at the Hochschule for Music in Karlsruhe, where he shares his international experience with the next generation of vocalists. Since 2017, he belongs to the university council. Hanno Müller-Brachmann is a regular juror for international contests such as the “Bach Contest Leipzig” or the “Schubert and the Music of Modern Graz”.

He lives in Karlsruhe with his five-member family.