The family of the the German tenor, Wilfied Jochims, was originally from Abkunft. Apart from his scientific studies at the University of Cologne, he studied school music and concert singing at the Musikhochschule there.
In 1964 Wilfied Jochims became lyric tenor in the Opera House of Essen. At the same time he began an important career as concert and oratorio singer. He proved himself as an important Bach interpreter, but he also mastered expanded concert repertoire. In 1966 he undertook a tour to Italy, in which he sang as soloist in the Johannes-Passion (BWV 245) and B minor Mass (BWV 232) by J.S. Bach. In 1967 he appeared at the Teatro Liceo of Barcelona.
In 1968 Wilfied Jochims was appointed as a lecturer in the Musikhochschule of Cologne. During the years 1969-1972 he appeared and made big concert tours in North and South America, in Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia and India.
Wilfied Jochims' fame spread also by the recordings he made, which were published partially in Germany, partially in the USA. They appeared on the labels HMV (Magnificat (BWV 243) by J.S. Bach), Bärenreiter Verlag (works of J.S. Bach and Heinrich Schütz) and Vox (Belshazzar of George Frideric Handel, Biblical Oratorio of Carissimi, Coffee Cantata (BWV 211) by J.S. Bach).