The German tenor (and former boy soprano), Maximilian Kiener-Laubenbacher, was educated at the Gymnasium in Bad Tölz. He sang soprano in the Tölzer Knabenchor from 1984 until 1989, where he was also involved as a soloist for various CD recordings, as well as operatic productions. For the eight years following his voice change, he received vocal tuition from Professor Gerhard Schmidt-Gaden, and continued singing as a tenor soloist at many concerts. From 1997 until 1999, his private tutor was Professor Karl-Christian Kohn in Munich. During these two years of study with Professor Kohn, he sang in the Philharmonic Choir of Munich and in the special choir of the Bavarian State Opera, an a-cappella vocal quintet called “Sixte Ajouteè”, of which he was a founder member.
At this time, Maximilian Kiener began singing as a soloist in church masses throughout southern Germany, with opportunities in 2000, 2004, and 2005, to sing the Evangelist’s parts of J.S. Bach’s Christmas Oratorium (BWV 248), St. John Passion (BWV 245,) (in 2003, 2004, and 2006), as well as those of J. Haydn’s Seasons (in 2003) and Creation (in 2003 and 2004), to mention the most important. In the spring of 2006, he will give an interpretation of St. Matthew Passion (BWV 244) by J.S. Bach (arias and Evangelist). As a guest, in 1999, he took part in a production of the Opera Ball by R. Heuberger at the Richard Strauss Conservatorium.
Maximilian Kiener has been reading Voice Studies at the Mozarteum University in Salzburg since the autumn of 2000; the first two years as an IGP student with Professor Marianne Schartner, and latterly with Professor Horiana Branisteanu reading Concert Studies.
In the spring of 2001, Maximilian Kiener helped found the all male ensemble called the “Salzburg Comedian Harmonists”. In the summer of 2003, he was awarded a part in Georg Philipp Telemann’s Don Quixote at the Danube Festival with the L’Orfeo Baroque Orchestra.
Maximilian Kiener has performed Die Schöne Müllerin by F. Schubert in Munich, and several times in Salzburg. He sang the part of Earl Almaviva in G. Rossini’s The Barber of Seville at the Bad Hersfeld Summer Festival in August 2004, where he also received an opera award for young singers. In January 2005, he sang the part of Öbalus in W.A. Mozart’s Opera Apollo et Hyazinthus on the occasion of the opening of the Aula (renovated assembly hall) of the University of Salzburg. In addition, he was given the opportunity of singing this part at the 2006 Salzburg Festival. In the summer 2005, he was again engaged in the Danube Festival in Grein, this time as Gomatz in W.A. Mozart’s opera fragment Zaide.