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Dominik Wörner (Bass-Baritone)

Born: 1970 - Grünstadt/Pfalz, Germany

The German bass-baritone, Dominik Wörner, studied church music in Stuttgart (A-exam), with a DAAD-scholarship music science and harpsichord in Fribourg, and as a Warlomont-Meadow-Scholarship holder organ and singing (both soloist diploma) in Berne with Professor Jakob Stämpfli. He has also participated in master-classes with Julia Hamari, Klaus-Dieter Kern, Horst Günther and Rudolf Piernay. Already during his studies he gave concerts in Switzerland, Poland, UK and Germany. He was finalist at the Bund Singing Competition 2000. In 2002 he won the 1st Prize for singing and a special prize of the Leipziger Baroque Orchestra at the XIII International Bach Competition in Leipzig.

With the great oratorio parts as Dominik Wörner’s subject he arose in his homeland and abroad. Invitations to different Festivals (Flanders-Festival, Boston Early Music Festival, Bachfest Leipzig, London Proms, Händel-Tage Halle, Tanglewood, Tokyo Suntory Hall, etc.) he has co-operated with various conductors (such as Philippe Herreweghe, Thomas Hengelbrock, Christophe Coin, Carl Saint Clair) and orchestras (such as Orchester des Collegium Vocale Gent, Orchestre des Champs-Élysées, Bamberger Symphoniker, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, Capella Istropolitana).

In this year (2003) Dominik Wörner performed Marienvesper by Monteverdi for the Belgian television with the Collegium Vocale Gent under Philippe Herreweghe, J.S. Bach’s Peasant (BWV 212) & Coffee (BWV 211) Cantatas with Ensemble Baroque de Limoges under Christophe Coin in Milan for RAI 3, and W.A. Mozart’s C minor Mass with the Orchestre of the Champs of Élysées Paris in a European tour, which included London, Edinburgh, Rome, Lisbon and Porto.

Further Dominik Wörner was invited to the opening concert of Bachfest Leipzig with the Thomanerchor under George Christoph Biller, sang Haydn's Schöpfung with the Berliner Bachakademie at the Berlin’s Philharmonie, appeared at the Göttinger Händelfestspiele in a rediscovered Bach Cantata, and gave at Bachwoche Ansbach a solo recital with works of J.S. Bach, Felix Mendelssohn, Robert Schumann and Johannes Brahms.

With the Baroque ensemble Gli Scarlattistihe Dominik Wörner recorded Marienvesper by Monteverdi and Schütz’ Exequien, and only recently he took up a further production with Rosenmüller program. With Capriccio he produced Bußpsalmen Lassos with the Tölzer Knabenchor. The performance of contemporary music is an important request for him, about which witness several premieres of works composers wrote for him, such as Canticum Canticorum by Marco Sofianopoulo and Lamentatio and Triptychon by Werner Jacob with Sebalder Nachtkonzert Nürnberg as a production the Bavarian Broadcast.

Dominik Wörner dedicates himself passionately to the singing of Lieder. Past year he made a tour of Schubert’s Winterreise interpreted with hammerflügel. To celebrate the 200th birthday of Franz Lachne he sang Lieder by the composer for bass, violoncello and Hammerflügel, Gustav Mahler’s Kindertotenlieder with the Berner Symphonieorchester in Casino Bern, and a cycle of Turrini songs of Arthur Dangel.

The Bern’s press wrote of Dominik Wörner’s interpretation of Christ role in J.S. Bach’s Matthäus-Passion (BWV 244) in Berner Münster this year: ‘Meanwhile Dominik Wörner left the lasting impression: With his warming, contentful and sovereign Christ he sang himself to the public in the heart”

In addition Dominik Wörner is founder and artistic director of his own concert series, the Kirchheimer Konzertwinters, in his homeland.

Source: Christuskirche Mannheim - Kirchenmusik Website, English translation by Aryeh Oron (December 2003); Liner notes to the 2-CD album’ ‘XIII Internationaler Johann-Sebastian-Bach-Wettbewerb’ (Bach-Archiv Leipzig, 2002), English translation by Aryeh Oron (May 2004)
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (December 2003, May 2004)

Recordings of Bach Cantatas & Other Vocal Works




Jochen M. Arnold


BWV 227

Konstanze Beyer


Aria from BWV 56

Benoît Haller


BWV 245

Philippe Herreweghe


BWV 244 [2nd], BWV 245 [2nd]

Peter Kooy


BWV 225-230, BWV Anh 159

Sigiswald Kuijken


BWV 17, BWV 55, BWV 56, BWV 98, BWV 164, BWV 179, BWV 180

Rudolf Lutz


DVD: BWV 7, BWV 18, BWV 66, BWV 89

Johannes-Matthias Michel


BWV 232 [2nd], BWV 244, BWV 245 [Jesus]

Rainer Oster


BWV 56

Marcel Ponseele


BWV 27, BWV 55; Aria from BWV 159

Masaaki Suzuki


BWV 6, BWV 41, BWV 42, BWV 92, BWV 103, BWV 108, BWV 130
BWV 118 [2nd version], BWV 225-230, BWV Anh 159

Masaaki Suzuki


Member of Bach Collegium Japan:
Sacred Cantatas Vol. 33::
BWV 41, BWV 92, BWV 130

Ryo Terakado


BWV 56, BWV 82, BWV 158, BWV 203

Jochen Woll


BWV 110, BWV 140, BWV 243

Links to other Sites

Christuskirche Mannheim - Kirchenmusik: Dominik Wörner


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