Hans-Jürgen Schatz

Hans-Jürgen Schatz

Hans-Jürgen Schatz was born in Berlin. He gave his acting debut in the leading role in “Flamme empor”. Since then, he has appeared in over 100 movies, such as “Lulu”, “Heimat”, and “Die weiße Rose”, as well as in 50 episodes of “Salto Postale” and 90 episodes of “Der Fahnder”, which was awarded the Grimme-Preis in 1989. He regularly appears on stage, most recently in the musical “Kiss me Kate” together with Michael Schanze at the Theater Bonn.

Schatz often works in the field of classical music, leading him to cooperate with members of the Berlin Philharmonic, the duo Katia and Marielle Labèque, the pianist Alexander Schmalcz, singers like Michaela Kaune, Claudia Barainsky or Daniel Behle, and conductors such as Andrey Boryko, Jeffrey Tate and Christian Thielemann, amongst others.

For many years, he has been successfully giving readings. Besides Goethe, his repertoire does also include Jean Paul and E.T.A. Hoffmann, as well as Erich Kästner and Thomas Mann. For the Deutsche Grammophon, he has recorded poems from Erich Kästner’s “Lyrische Hausapotheke” and “Three men in the Snow”, Oscar Wilde’s “The Canterville Ghost”, and Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol in prose”. The publishing company HörGut! released a four-part Goethe cycle, including “The Green Snake and the Beautiful Lily”, “Novelle”, “Der Mann von fünfzig Jahren” and “Roman Elegies”.

Schatz was awarded the “Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik” for his interpretation of the American children’s novel “The Wizard of Oz”, and the Echo Klassik for his recording of “Paddington Bear’s First Concert” together with the Hamburger Symphoniker.

Hans-Jürgen Schatz has received the German Cross of Merit for his diverse social commitment.