The Austrian baritone, Klemens [Clemens] Sander, a former member of St. Florianer Sängerknaben, studied at the University of Music Vienna with Helena Lazarska, Robert Holl and David Lutz. In 2001-2002 he received the Scholarship of the Thyll-Dürr-Stiftung. He graduated with honours in 2003. Additionally, he took part in master-classes with Thomas Hampson, Gundula Janowitz, Dagmar Pecková and Hartmut Höll. Klemens Sander is the winner of the Richard Tauber Prize in London in 2003 and in 2002 was awarded the prize of the Lieder at Hertogenbosch International Vocal Competition. He is also a laureate of the International Ada Sari Competition in Poland in 2001 and the International Robert Schumann Competition in Zwickau in 2000.
While still a student, Klemens Sander made his operatic debut in 2001 at the Volksoper Wien in The Pirates of Penzance. As a resident soloist for both the Staatstheater Karlsruhe (2003-2006) and Volksoper Wien, he has performed e.g. Papageno in Die Zauberflöte, Conte Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro, Belcore in L´Elisir dAmore, Donner in Rheingold, the title-role in Eugene Onegin, Marcello and Schaunard in La Bohème, Falke in Die Fledermaus, Marco in Gianni Schicchi, Silvio in Pagliacci and Harlekin in Ariadne auf Naxos.
A regular guest at the Theater an der Wien, Klemens Sander has performed George Frideric Handel’s Giulio Cesare under René Jacobs, Francis Poulenc’s Dialogues des Carmélites under Bertrand de Billy, Strauss’ Intermezzo under Kirill Petrenko and Benjamin Britten’s Death in Venice under Donald Runnicles. Recently he could be heard at Theater an der Wien in The Telephone by Gian Carlo Menotti. Further operatic engagements include Papageno in Die Zauberflöte for Grand Theatre Luxembourg, Die Gezeichneten under Kent Nagano for the Salzburg Festival, Papageno in Die Zauberflöte at Leipzig Opera, Seikyo in Tan Dun’s Tea at both Teatro Carlo Felice Genova and Neue Oper Wien, the title role in Don Giovanni and Escamillo in Carmen at the Opera Festival Klosterneuburg as well as Conte Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro for the National Opera Vilnius.
Recent concert highlights include Weill´s Die sieben Todsünden and J.S. Bach´s Weihnachts-Oratorium (BWV 248) at Musik Festival Grafenegg, Mozart’s C minor Mass at Salzburg Festival, G.F. Handel’s Messiah, Judas Maccabäus and J.S. Bach’s Matthäus-Passion (BWV 244) at Wiener Konzerthaus, Gabriel Fauré’s Requiem at both the Berliner Philharmonie and at the Gewandhaus Leipzig, L.v. Beethoven’s Missa solemnis at Wiener Musikverein and with the Orquestra Sinfônica do Estado de São Paulo, J.S. Bach’s Johannes-Passion (BWV 245) with Orchestre National de L’Aquitaine Bordeaux, L.v. Beethoven´s Symphony No. 9 at Beethoven Festival Warsaw and Orff´s Carmina burana in Tokyo, Taipei and Madrid. He has also performed under Helmuth Rilling, Franz Welser-Möst, Leopold Hager, Martin Haselböck, Christopher Moulds, Jeremie Rhorer, Matthew Halls, Kwamé Ryan and Georges Prêtre.
Klemens Sander made his Wigmore Hall recital début in 2005 with Charles Spencer after winning the “Richard Tauber Prize for singers”. Furthermore, after being awarded the Lied Prize at the International Competition in S’Hertogenbosch, Klemens has established himself an acclaimed recitalist performing for Salzburg Easter Festival, Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, BBC Cardiff, Lockenhaus Chamber Music Festival, Oxford Lieder Festival, at venues including Schubertsaal (Wiener Konzerthaus), Gläserner Saal (Wiener Musikverein) and with pianist Justus Zeyen at both Mozarteum (Salzburg) and Centre des Arts Pluriel (Luxembourg). Furthermore, he was invited by Michael Schadeto sing Johannes Brahms´ Liebeslieder Walzer at the Ocean Sun Festival.
Upcoming commitments include a lecture recital and Felix Mendelssohn´s Die erste Walpurgisnacht at Wiener Musikverein, a CD/DVD recording with Mozart arias, Gustav Mahler´s Songs of a Wayfarer in Innsbruck, a recital in Pennsylvania and opera engagements such as Papageno in Die Zauberflöte and Ping in Turandot at the Volksoper Wien and Falke in Die Fledermaus at NNT Tokyo.
In 2013 Klemens has published his first solo album Schwanengesang together with Justus Zeyen (piano) which has been highly acclaimed by audience and critics.