Baritone and Teacher
A famous baritone and professor. Became internationally famous after his victory at the ARD International Music Competition in Munich. His records, including those released by Deutsche Grammophon, have received Grammy Awards and an ECHO Klassik Prize. In 2012 he announced his retirement from public performance. He is currently a professor at the Hanns Eisler Hochschule für Musik in Berlin. He was awarded the Shostakovich Prize, the Edinburgh Festival award, the Herbert von Karajan Music Prize, the Gold Medal by the Royal Philharmonic Society, and the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany.