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.
Travelleling throughout Europe and the United States, Mr. Hasselhorn will be featured this season in numerous performances of oratorios and cantatas including Bach’s St. Matthew’s Passion and “Ich habe genug”, Handel’s Messiah and Szymanowski’s “Stabat Mater”. In addition to recitals in Germany, he graces the stages of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, The Schubert Club (to be confirmed), the Morgan Library and Museum, Abbey Church Events, the Port Washington Library and the Cosmos Club in the US. Mr. Hasselhorn’s career also takes him to the Marlboro Music Festival and Festspiele Mecklenburg – Vorpommern.
During his first U.S. tour, Mr. Hasselhorn made his recital debuts in Washington, DC and in New York in the Rhoda Walker Teagle Concert on the Young Concert Artists Series, and he appeared in recitals at the Buffalo Chamber Music Society, the Levine School of Music, the Mt. Pleasant Presbyterian Church, Mary Baldwin University, and as soloist with the Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle.
Over the years he has been a fellow at the Ravinia’s Steans Music Festival and sang at Carnegie Hall in Marilyn Horne’s “The Song Continues Series” in 2015. 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. His first CD “Nachtblicke,” with lieder by Schubert, Pfitzner, and Reimann, was released on the Classicclips label.
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 sang the lead role in Der Kaiser von Atlantis by Viktor Ullmann with the Studio de l’Opéra de Lyon. Most recently, he appeared as Masetto in Mozart’s Don Giovanni with l’Opéra de Lyon, and made his debut at the Leipzig Opera, in a ballet production of Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana.
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. More recently, Samuel Hasselhorn captured Second Prize at the 2015 Wigmore Hall Song Competition, and Third Prize in the Hugo Wolf Competition in 2016 as well as 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.
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