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Karsten Krüger (Bass-Baritone, Counter-tenor)

Born: 1969 - Berlin, Germany

The German bass-baritone and counter-tenor, Karsten [Carsten] Krüger, studied at the Paul Gerhard High School in Dassel, and after finishing studies there he enrolled in the church music program in Hannover under Professor U. Bremsteller. He graduated in music education, German and performing arts in Hannover and Braunschweig (Brunswick). In 1996 he finished his A-level diploma and in the same year became Kantor in Bad Harzburg. He has coached with Harald Vogel (Weener), Pierre Cogen (Paris), Anders Bondeann (Stockholm) and Wolfgang Seifen (Kevelaer). From 2004 to 2010, he studied singing of early music with Professor Harry van der Kamp and Clemens-Christian Löschmann at the Hochschule für Künste Bremen. He complemented his training as a singer in master-classes and private lessons with Ralf Popken, Gerd Türk, etc. His other voice teachers were Carl-Heinz Müller and Peter Kooy.

Karsten Krüger's solo concert activity as an organist, baritone or counter-tenor has led him to domestic and foreign venues. He has been involved in various early music ensembles (Weser-Renaissance Bremen, Cantus Thuringia, Ensemble Vespree) and a soloist in radio broadcasts, concerts and CD productions. He has performed e.g. at the the Güldenen Herbst - Festival of Early Music in Thuringia, Bach Biennale Weimar, Heinrich-Schütz-Tagen Dresden und Breslau, under renowned performers of early music such as Ludger Rémy, Manfred Cordes, Bernhard Klapprott, etc. In June 2008, he made his stage debut with Purcell's Dido and Aeneas at the Händelfestspielen Halle, and in 2009 with Cavalli's Didone at the Theater Bremen. Since 2009, he is also a member of the Balthasar-Neumann-Chor under Thomas Hengelbrock, and since 2011 he works as a free-lancer.

Karsten Krüger may be heard on numerous radio and CD programs under name conductors (among others the Norddeutscher Figuralchor with Jörg Straube).


Source: Liner notes to the 2-CD album 'J.S. Bach - Johannes H. E. Koch: Markus-Passion BWV 247' conducted by Mathias Michaely (Prospect, 1998); Carsten Krüger Website, English translation by Aryeh Oron (June 2012)
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (May 2005, June 2012)

Recordings of Bach Cantatas & Other Vocal Works

Conductor

As

Works

Alexander Grychtolic

Bass

BWV 36a, BWV 66a

Wolfgang Helbich

Bass

BWV 150, BWV 237, BWV 239, BWV 240, BWV Anh 24, BWV Anh 30, BWV Anh 167

Mathias Michaely

Bass

BWV 247

Links to other Sites

Carsten Krüger - Bass-bariton (Official Website) [German]

 

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