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Konrad Junghänel (Conductor, Lute)

Born: Germany

Konrad Junghänel is one of today’s leading international lutenists and is particularly admired for his outstanding assurance of style and technique. His reputation is due to his extraordinary virtuosity coupled with his perfect stylistic mastery of the lute repertoire.

Konrad Junghänel's repertoire covers the entire literature for lute written in the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries, and he is regarded as one of today’s best interpreters of the lute works of J.S. Bach and Silvius Leopold Weiss. His recordings of the solo lute music of Weiss was awarded the Preis der Debutschen Schallplattenkritik in 1985.

Konrad Junghänel has given both solo and ensemble recitals all over Europe, as well as in the USA, Japan, South America and Africa. In addition to his work as a soloist, he regularly plays together with other soloists and with ensembles, e.g. with the Belgian Counter-tenor René Jacobs, with La Petite Bande, the Kuijken brothers, Musica Antiqua Köln, Les Arts Florissants, the Toronto based chamber orchestra Tafelmusik and others besides.

Konrad Junghänel discography is impressive: he made over 100 records for Deutsche Harmonia Mundi, Harmonia Mundi France, EMI, Accent and Deutsche Grammophon/Archiv Produktion. He has held lectureship at the Staatlich Musikhochschule in Cologne since 1978.

Source: Liner notes to Deutsche Harmonia Mundi CD 05472-77203-2 (Thomaskantoren vor Bach, conducted by Junghänel, 1993); Liner notes to Harmonia Mundi France CD 901694 (Actus Tragicus, conducted by Junghänel, 2000)
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (April 2001)

Konrad Junghänel: Short Biography | Cantus Cölln | Recordings of Vocal Works | Recordings of Instrumental Works
Individual Recordings:
“Actus Tragicus” - by K. Junghänel & Cantus Cölln | Motets - K. Junghänel & Cantus Cölln | Das Alt-Bachische Archiv - K. Junghänel & Cantus Cölln | BWV 232 - K. Junghänel & Cantus Cölln

Recordings of Bach Cantatas & Other Vocal Works




Philippe Herreweghe


Member of La Chapelle Royale:
C-3 (1987):
BWV 78, BWV 198
V-10 (1987):
BWV 245 [1st]

René Jacobs


Member of Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin:
BWV 205, BWV 213

Fritz Näf


J.D. Zelenka: Magnificat in D major, ZWV 108

Links to other Sites

Forum Alte Musik Köln: Biographie Junghänel, Konrad [German]

Cantus Cölln - Biographie

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