"Where words leave off, music begins." - Heinrich Heine

Christoph Prégardien

Born 1956 in Limburg, Germany, Christoph Prégardien began his musical education as a choirboy. He then studied singing with Martin Gründler and Karlheinz Jarius in Frankfurt, Carla Castellani in Milan, Alois Treml in Stuttgart and attended Hartmut Höll’s lieder-class. Widely regarded as among the foremost lyric tenors, Christoph Prégardien frequently collaborates with conductors such as Barenboim, Chailly, Gardiner, Harnoncourt, Herreweghe, Luisi, Metzmacher, Nagano, Sawallisch and Thielemann. His repertory spans a wide range from the great Baroque, Classical and Romantic Oratorios to 20th century works by Britten, Killmayer, Rihm, Stravinsky. Recognized as an eminent recitalist, Christoph Prégardien is regularly welcomed at the major recital venues of Paris, London, Brussels, Berlin, Cologne, Amsterdam, Salzburg, Zurich, Vienna, Barcelona and Geneva, as well as during his concert tours throughout Italy, Japan and North America. A longstanding collaboration unites him with his favourite piano partners Michael Gees and Andreas Staier. Soloist of choice for renowned orchestras, he performed with the Berlin and Vienna Philharmonic, Bavarian Radio Symphony, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, London Philharmonia, Staatskapelle Dresden, Philharmonie de Radio France, the Montreal, Boston, St. Louis and San Francisco Symphony Orchestras. An important part of his repertory has been recorded by labels such as BMG, EMI, Deutsche Grammophon, Philips, Sony, Erato, Challenge Classics and Teldec. He is represented on more than a hundred and twenty titles, including nearly all of his active repertoire. His recordings of German Romantic Lied repertory have been highly acclaimed by the public and press and have received international awards including the prestigious Orphée d’Or of the Académie du Disque Lyrique-Prix Georg Solti, Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik, Edison Award, Cannes Classical Award and Diapason d’Or

As an opera singer, Christoph Prégardien has made stage appearences in major European houses, performing leading roles as Tamino (Zauberflöte), Don Ottavio (Don Giovanni), Almaviva (Il Barbiere di Seviglia), Fenton (Falstaff) and Monteverdi’s Ulisse.

An important aspect in the musical life of Christoph Prégardien is his intensive and varied educational work. From 2000 to 2005 Christoph Prégardien was in charge of a vocal class at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Zurich. Since the autumn of 2004, he is a professor at the Musikhochschule Köln.

Featured on

Song Cycles - Die schöne Müllerin / Schwanengesang / Winterreise
Christoph Prégardien / Andreas Staier / Michael Gees
Father & Son (re-issue)
Christoph & Julian Prégardien
Dichterliebe Op. 48 / Lenau-Lieder und Requiem Op. 90 / Wesendonck Lieder
Christoph Prégardien / Michael Gees
Auf Flügeln des Gesanges - Romantic songs and transcriptions
Cyprien Katsaris | Christoph Prégardien
A Matter of Heart
Olivier Darbellay / Christoph Prégardien / Michael Gees
Poetisches Tagebuch
Christoph Prégardien / Julius Drake
Father & Son
Christoph & Julian Prégardien
The Spirit Of Turtle [Longbox]
Various artists
Winterreise (BluRay)
Christoph Prégardien / Michael Gees
Winterreise
Christoph Prégardien / Michael Gees
Winterreise (DVD)
Christoph Prégardien / Michael Gees
Markus Passion (1731)
Ton Koopman & The Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra
Wanderer
Christoph Prégardien / Ensemble Kontraste
Italienisches Liederbuch (Italian songbook)
Christoph Prégardien / Julia Kleiter / Hilko Dumno
Between life and death - Songs and Arias
Christoph Prégardien / Michael Gees
Cantatas - 24 Highlights
Ton Koopman / Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Choir
Whitsun Cantatas
Ton Koopman / Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Choir
Schwanengesang and songs after Seidl
Christoph Prégardien / Andreas Staier
Die schöne Müllerin
Christoph Prégardien / Michael Gees
Ascension Cantatas
Ton Koopman / Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Choir
Solo Cantatas for Alto and Tenor
Ton Koopman / Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Choir
Complete Bach Cantatas Vol. 22
Ton Koopman / The Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Choir
Complete Bach Cantatas Vol. 21
Ton Koopman / The Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra
Complete Bach Cantatas Vol. 20
Ton Koopman / The Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra
Complete Bach Cantatas Vol. 19
Ton Koopman / The Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra
Complete Bach Cantatas Vol. 18
Ton Koopman / The Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra
Complete Bach Cantatas Vol. 9
Ton Koopman / The Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra
Complete Bach Cantatas Vol. 17
Ton Koopman / The Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Choir
Complete Bach Cantatas Vol. 16
Ton Koopman / The Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Choir
Complete Bach Cantatas Vol. 15
Ton Koopman / The Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Choir
Complete Bach Cantatas Vol. 14
Ton Koopman / The Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Choir
Complete Bach Cantatas Vol. 2
Ton Koopman / The Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Choir

Videos

Christoph Prégardien & Michael Gees on Vrije Geluiden (part 1)
Christoph Prégardien & Michael Gees on Vrije Geluiden (part 2)
Winterreise official trailer
Film "Winterreise" official trailer (including interviews) - Christoph Prégardien & Michael Gees
Christoph and Julian Prégardien and Michael Gees: 'Father & Son'