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Ralph Kohn (Baritone)

Born: December 9, 1927 - Leipzig, Saxony, Germany
Died: November 11, 2016 - England

The German-born English baritone, Ralph Kohn, studied in Rome with Maestro Manlio Marcantoni and thereafter worked with Charles Wadsworth in New York. Vocal training was continued in London with Helen Isepp, Otakar Kraus and Derek Hammond-Stroud.

Ralph Kohn has given numerous recitals and performances with orchestra in the UK and abroad, including concerts in London at the Wigmore Hall, Purcell Room, St Johnís Smith Square, Queen Elizabeth Hall and the Royal Albert Hall. For radio, he has recorded songs and cycles by Schubert, L.v. Beethoven, Robert Schumann, Gustav Mahler, Henri Duparc, Ralph Vaughan Williams and Kilpinen. He has been accompanied by - amongst others - Martin Isepp, Peter Gellhorn, Geoffrey Parsons, Sir Charles Groves and Paul Hamburger.

London appearances include performances of Bach Cantatas and Gabriel Fauréís Requiem at the Queen Elizabeth hall and St Johnís, Smith Square. Amongst his recordings are a L.v. Beethoven Lieder recital, accompanied by Roger Vignoles, Italian Baroques arias and Bach cantatas with the English Chamber Orchestra and a most recent recording included the world première of lieder by Robert Kahn, together with song cycles by Johannes Brahms and G. Mahler. He has also recorded Schubertís Winterreise, Schwanengesang and Die Schöne Müllerin, Robert Schumannís Dichterliebe, L.v. Beethoven song cycles and songs by Ravel, all accompanied by Graham Johnson.

Ralph Kohn is Chairman of The Wigmore Hall International Song Competition and was Committee Chairman of Sir John Eliot Gardinerís Bach Cantata Pilgrimage. He is on the Board of Curators of the Bach-archiv in Leipzig, honorary Trustee of the Monteverdi Choir and Orchestra, founding member of the Jewish Music Institute and Trustee of the Rudolf Kempe Society.


Source: Audrey Eillison Website
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (May 2004)

Recordings of Bach Cantatas & Other Vocal Works




Ian Watson


BWV 82, BWV 158, Arias from BWV 128, BWV 159, BWV 211, BWV 244 (x2), BWV 248

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Ralph Kohn - Baritone (Audrey Ellison)

Ralph Kohn - Baritone (Official Website)

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