Samuel Hasselhorn, baritone
German baritone Samuel Hasselhorn’s performances, recognized for his charismatic stage presence and stunning vocal ability, have been praised for offering “moments of emotion and pure musicality that will not soon be forgotten” (Crescendo Magazine). After winning First Prize at the 2015 Young Concert Artists International Auditions, he was awarded First Prize in the 2017 Das Lied International Song Competition in Berlin. He also won Second Prize at the 2015 Wigmore Hall Song Competition in London, and Third Prize in the Hugo Wolf Competition in Stuttgart, Germany in 2016. Mr. Hasselhorn captured First Prize in the 2013 International Schubert Competition in Dortmund, and the “Prix de Lied“ in the 2013 Nadia and Lili Boulanger Competition in Paris.
He was invited to be a fellow at the 2014 and 2016 Ravinia’s Steans Music Festival and to sing at Carnegie Hall in Marilyn Horne’s “The Song Continues Series” in 2015. His first CD “Nachtblicke,” with lieder by Schubert, Pfitzner, and Reimann, was released in December 2014 on the Classicclips label. In addition to performing recitals in the U.S., Japan, Belgium, Luxemburg, France, and Germany, Mr. Hasselhorn has also appeared in the Gewandhaus Leipzig, at the International Händel Festival in Göttingen, Germany and at Notre Dame in Paris.
On the opera stage, he has performed the roles of Herr Fluth in Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor, Guglielmo in Cosí fan tutte, Aeneas in Dido and Aeneas, and in 2016 he sang the lead role in Der Kaiser von Atlantis by Viktor Ullmann with the Studio de l’Opéra de Lyon. This season, he appears as Masetto in Mozart’s Don Giovanni with l’Opéra de Lyon, and he makes his debut at the Leipzig Opera, where he will sing in a ballet production of Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana.
During his first U.S. tour this season, Mr. Hasselhorn makes his recital debuts in Washington, DC and in New York in the Rhoda Walker Teagle Concert on the Young Concert Artists Series, and he appears in recitals at the Buffalo Chamber Music Society, the Port Washington Library, the Levine School of Music, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Mt. Pleasant Presbyterian Church, Mary Baldwin University, and as soloist with the Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle.
Samuel Hasselhorn earned his degree in Opera Performance from the Hannover Music School, which also included a year of study at the Paris Conservatory. He has worked with Malcolm Walker, Marina Sandel, Jan-Philip Schulze, Susan Manoff, and Anne Le Bozec. He has also participated in master classes with Patricia McCaffrey, Kiri Te Kanawa, Kevin Murphy, Thomas Quasthoff, Helen Donath, Annette Dasch, Irwin Gage, Edith Wiens, and Martin Brauß. He has received a grants from the Walter and Charlotte Hamel Foundation and the Gundlach Music Award, and in 2010, he received a Top Prize at the National German Voice Competition in Berlin and an award from the Paul Lincke Association. He currently holds the Lindemann Vocal Chair of YCA.