A great musical pleasure is guaranteed when these six charismatic gentlemen enter the stage and the ensemble´s very own pianist takes his place at the grand piano. Each of them an indivdual vocal gem, but together they form a unique vocal ensemble with a distinctive, captivating sound- spontaneous, engaging and full of energy.
"To share international stages with these five wonderful musicians und to present an enormous bandwidth of ensemble repertoire is one of the most amazing parts of my life as a singer.“
The Countertenor Johannes Euler is a member of the Singphoniker since 2014 and works on top of that as freelance singer.
He studied singing at Hochschule for Music, Theatre and Media in Hannover with Ralf popken until 2016. He perfected his craft in masterclasses with Michael Chance (Countertenor), Evelyn Tubb (Soprano) and Maria Husmann (stage acting, contemporary music).
He gave his operatic debut in 2013 in Georg Philipp Telemann´s “Der aus der Löwengrube errettete Daniel” (“Daniel, who was saved from the lion´s den”) at Osnabrück theatre in the roles of Arbaces and Daniel. In spring of 2015 he sang the role of Oberon in a production of the Hochschule for Music, Theatre and Media Hannover of Benjamin Britten´s “A Midsummernight´s Dream” and in September 2016 he made his debut at Staatsoper Berlin with the part of “Jörg Jannings” in the world premiere of the opera “Comeback” by Oscar Strasnoy.
He is also a sought-after soloist on the concert stage- the alto parts of Johann Sebastian Bach´s cantatas and oratorios are in his standard repertoire as well as the larger roles in Georg Friedrich Handel´s oratorios.
With the Singphoniker he has recorded succesful CDs and has toured Europe as well as Taiwan and Japan.
"The Singphoniker have become my musical family. To push the boundaries of what is achievable for the human voice with like-minded colleagues - regardless which genre or what era - is the fulfillment of a lifelong dream for me.“
The Tenor Daniel Schreiber is an internationally acclaimed soloist and ensemble singer. Exceptional vocal abilities pairedf with musical empathy make him a most welcome guest with the radio choirs of BR and SWR (Munich and Stuttgart).
His passion is baroque music. Important pillars of his artistic agenda- apart from singing the evangelist parts in Bach´s great oratorios- are frequent collaborations with “Ensemble Stimmkunst” in the “Bach:vokal” concert series in Stuttgart as well as concerts with La Chapelle Rhénane and projects with La petite Bande.
Openness and curiosity are characteristics of this tenor´s musical approach. Important impulses came from his teachers Prof. Bruce Abel and Prof. Francisco Araiza with whom he studied at the “Staatliche Hochschule für Musik und darstellende Kunst” Stuttgart. His majors were voice and organ.
His versatility and reliabilty are highly appreciated by renowned conductors such as Marcus Creed, Sigiswald Kuijken, Peter Dijkstra, Benoît Haller or Frieder Bernius.
Singing in choirs and ensembles has accompanied Daniel Schreiber since his early childhood. Groundbreaking foundations for his desire to become a professional singer were laid in the choirs of his school “Max-Slevogt-Gymnasium” in Landau, the “Evangelische Jugendkantorei der Pfalz” and the vocal ensemble at Stuttgart music university, “Circus Musicus”.
In 2009, he joined the renowned vocal ensemble the Singphoniker and fulfilled a lifelong dream.
"Our excited curiosity is pushing us to peak performances, always with the goal of entertaining our audiences in a charming way. In now eight years as member of the Singphoniker the words "routine" or "boredom" are simply not in the vocabulary. Engagement, best entertainment and originality - that´s what we stand for!“
Tenor Henning Jensen received his first musical education in the Stuttgart boy´s choir “collegium iuvenum”. Already during his studies of the main subjects voice and Lied with professors Bernhard Jaeger-Böhm and Cornelis Witthoeft he became a member of the renowned vocal ensemble the Singphoniker in early 2009. Even then, he was already an active performer as soloist and ensemble singer in numerous concerts at home and abroad. Being a regular guest with europe´s most outstanding choirs and vocal ensembles such as Kammerchor Stuttgart or the radio choirs of SWR and BR (Stuttgart and Munich), the frequent collaborations with conductors such as Mariss Jansons, Andris Nelsons, Riccardo Muti, Marcus Creed or Frieder Bernius enrich his musical career.
Numerous CD recordings document the great bandwidth and versatility of his work.
"It´s crazy - after now 16 years of being a member of the Singphoniker, there´s still happening so many exciting and deeply gratifying things. The constant exchange and the communication with our audiences, with concert organizers and amongst ourselves, motivates and pushes us - the Singphoniker to absolute peak performances - all over the world."
The Bass-baritone Michael Mantaj was a member of Regensburger Domspatzen and has felt at home mostly in ensemble and choir singing since that time. Already during his voice studies in Munich he made a name for himself as a member of numerous professional vocal ensembles such as the “Deutsche Bachvokalisten”, the Collegium vocale Gent and Kammerchor Stuttgart. Michael Mantaj is a member of the “Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks” (bavarian radio choir) Munich and has thus collaborated with the most renowned conductors of our time.
He made an equally remarkable career as a soloist. Apart from his extensive touring schedule as Lied- and oratorio singer, under the baton of the likes of Ulf Schirmer, Enoch zu Guttenberg, Thomas Hengelbrock, Kent Nagano or Valery Gergiev he is equally active on the opera stage, in a great number of roles.
Since the year 2000 Michael Mantaj is member of one of the world´s leading male vocal ensembles: the Singphoniker.
"To create this intimate connection to the audiences and to my singphonic colleagues in every single moment of singing on the stages of this world, it´s what makes the music unique and it´s a forte of this ensemble. So seemingly easy, if it succeeds - so hard to achieve if you´re trying to force it and so rewarding when you´re experiencing it as it occurs.“
Born in Regensburg, Germany, Christian discovored his voice together with his love for music at home and in church choir. Following high school he studied music education and singing at the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik München.
Presentation of music, interpretation and educational mediation occupy his attention equally strong. The whole stylistic range of contemporary music as well as a well-founded retrospective on music history naturally make up a large part of a singer of his generation.
Because of his vast experience he has built a long-lasting international career as performer as well as teacher, in which he has shared the stage with numerous internationally acclaimed artists and ensembles. More than 50 CD recordings, many and the most important of which with the world renowned vocal ensemble the Singphoniker, are equal testament to both his musical quality as well as his stylistic bandwidth. As a long-standing guest Christian Maria Schmidt has been succesful at the “Münchner Staatsthater am Gärtnerplatz”. With musical partners such as Berno Scharpf or Markus Poschner colorful Lieder projects are realized in numerous concerts.
Already in his time as college student in Munich he sarted teaching singing. Among others he tought at the Hochschule Mozarteum in Innsbruck and the Hochschule für Musik Augsburg. In Autumn 2004 he was appointed professor for singing at the HfKM Regensburg.
Christian Maria Schmidt is the last remaining active founding member of the Singphoniker.
"This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity - to be a part of the Singphoniker as a pianist and accompany and support them with my instrument. Especially because the Singphoniker are the only ensemble of this kind to include their very own pianist in the lineup.“
Chamber music is his metier. Especially in the piano trio setup and in Lied recitals is where pianist Berno Scharpf feels most at home.
Being the vocal ensemble the Singphoniker´s pianist since 1990 he has since toured Europe, the USA, Africa and Asia.
He teaches piano, organ, violin and chamber music at a high school and serves as accompanist for pupils and students during exams.
When he was still a student, he already had various opportunities to perform both as a soloist as well as an ensemble player. After he graduated High School he studied to become a teacher at “Staatliche Hochschule für Musik” Munich with Erik Then-Bergh and Rolf Koenen and subsequentially piano solo with Maria Landes-Hindemith.