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Thomas Quasthoff (born in Hildesheim, Germany, November 9, 1959) is a German bass-baritone generally regarded as one of the finest singers of his generation. Although his reputation was initially based on his performance of Romantic lieder, Quasthoff has proven to have a remarkable range from the Baroque cantatas of Bach to solo jazz improvisations.   is a city in Lower Saxony, Germany. ... is the 313th day of the year (314th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1959 (MCMLIX) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... A bass-baritone is a singing voice that shares certain qualities of both the baritone and the bass. ... The expression romantic music and the homophone phrase Romantic music have two essentially different meanings. ... Lied (plural Lieder) is a German word, literally meaning song; among English speakers, however, it is used primarily as a term for European classical music songs, also known as art songs. Typically, Lieder are arranged for a single singer and piano. ... For other uses, see Baroque (disambiguation). ... A cantata (Italian, sung) is a vocal composition with an instrumental accompaniment and generally containing more than one movement. ... In music, the BACH motif is the sequence of notes B flat, A, C, B natural. ... For other uses, see Jazz (disambiguation). ...


Quasthoff was born with serious birth defects caused by his mother's exposure during pregnancy to the drug thalidomide which was prescribed as an antiemetic to combat her morning sickness. Thomas Quasthoff is unusually short (about four feet tall) due to shortening of the long bones in his legs, and he has phocomelia of the upper extremities with very short or absent long bones and flipper-like appearance of his hands. A congenital disorder is a medical condition or defect that is present at or before birth (for example, congenital heart disease). ... This article is about the drug. ... An antiemetic is a drug that is effective against vomiting and nausea. ... Morning sickness, also called nausea, vomiting of pregnancy (emesis gravidarum or NVP), or pregnancy sickness, affects between 50 [1] and 95 percent of all pregnant women as well as some women who use hormonal contraception or hormone replacement therapy. ... Phocomelia (from Greek φoko = seal plus μέλος (plural μέλεα) = limb) is a congenital disorder involving the limbs (dysmelia), that presents at birth very short or absent long bones and flipper-like appearance of hands and sometimes feet. ...


Quasthoff was denied admission to the music conservatory in Hannover, Germany due to his physical inability to play the piano, then a requirement for entry to the conservatory. He chose to study voice privately. He also studied law for three years.[1] Prior to his music career, he worked six years as a radio announcer for NDR. He also did voice-over work for television.[2] A music school or conservatoire (British English) — also known as a conservatory (American English) or a conservatorium (Australian English) — is an institution dedicated to teaching the art of music, including the playing of musical instruments, musical composition, musicianship, music history, and music theory. ... Map of Germany showing Hanover Hanover (in German: Hannover [haˈnoːfɐ]), on the river Leine, is the capital of the state of Lower Saxony (Niedersachsen), Germany. ... Current logo of Norddeutscher Rundfunk. ...


His music career was launched in 1988 when he won ARD International Music Competitionan in Munich, earning praise from the baritone Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau. In 2003, he made his staged operatic debut as Don Fernando in Simon Rattle's Beethoven's Fidelio at the Salzburg Festival. His San Francisco Symphony debut took place September 2004. The ARD International Music Competition is the biggest international competition in Germany for classical music. ... For other uses, see Munich (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Baritone (disambiguation). ... The German baritone Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (born May 28, 1925) is regarded by many as the finest Lieder singer of his generation. ... “Beethoven” redirects here. ... Fidelio (Op. ... The Salzburg Festival (Salzburger Festspiele) is a prominent festival of music and drama. ... The San Francisco Symphony (SFS) is a leading orchestra based in San Francisco, California. ...


Thomas Quasthoff won the Grammy Award for Best Classical Vocal Performance in 2000. It was for his performance together with the soprano Anne Sofie von Otter of Mahler’s Lieder aus "Des Knaben Wunderhorn". They were accompanied by the Berlin Philharmonic conducted by Claudio Abbado. He won the Grammy Award for Best Classical Vocal Performance for the second time in 2004. It was for Schubert: Lieder with Orchestra which Quasthoff performed with von Otter and the Chamber Orchestra of Europe conducted by Abbado. Quasthoff won the Grammy Award for Best Classical Vocal Performance for the third time in 2006 with Rainer Kussmaul leading members of the RIAS Chamber Choir of Berlin Baroque Soloists in their recording of J.S.Bach: Cantatas. The Grammy Award for Best Classical Vocal Performance has been awarded since 1959. ... Anne Sofie von Otter (born 9 May 1955) is an opera singer and concert recitalist. ... “Mahler” redirects here. ... Des Knaben Wunderhorn (The boys magic horn) is a song cycle for voice and orchestra by Gustav Mahler. ... The Berliner Philharmoniker (Berlin Philharmonic), is one of the worlds leading orchestras. ... Claudio Abbado (born June 26, 1933) is a noted Italian conductor. ... For the crater on the moon, see Schubert (crater) Franz Schubert Franz Peter Schubert (January 31, 1797 – November 19, 1828), was an Austrian composer. ... For other people named Bach and other meanings of the word, see Bach (disambiguation). ... Cantata (Italian for a song or story set to music), a vocal composition accompanied by instruments and generally containing more than one movement. ...


Additionally, Quasthoff's recordings of the songs of Brahms, Liszt and Schubert accompanied by pianist Justus Zeyen were nominated for the Grammy in 2000 and 2001. Thomas Quasthoff records for Deutsche Grammophon. Johannes Brahms Johannes Brahms (May 7, 1833 – April 3, 1897) was a German composer of the Romantic period. ... Liszt redirects here. ... Schubert redirects here. ... Year 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will display full 2000 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 2001 (MMI) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 2001 Gregorian calendar). ... Deutsche Grammophon is a German classical record label. ...


Quasthoff is a full-time voice professor and performs only about 50 times a year. He is currently a professor at the Hanns Eisler School of Music in Berlin; he previously taught at the music academy of Detmold, Germany. The Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler (College of Music Hanns Eisler) is one of the leading music conservatories in Germany. ... This article is about the capital of Germany. ... Detmold is a city in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany, with a population of about 80,000. ...


For the 2006-2007 concert season, Quasthoff was one of Carnegie Hall's "Perspectives" artists.[3] However, illness forced him to cancel his first two appearances in that capacity.[4] Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... Carnegie Hall is a concert venue in Midtown Manhattan in New York City located at 881 Seventh Avenue, occupying the east stretch of Seventh Avenue between West 56th Street and West 57th Street. ...


In 2006 he took his first jazz album, The Jazz Album: Watch What Happens, with Till Brönner, Alan Broadbent, Peter Erskine, Dieter Ilg and Chuck Loeb. Till Brönner (born 1971 in Viersen) is a German jazz musician, trumpet player, singer, composer, arranger and producer. ... Alan Broadbent is a jazz pianist born April 23, 1947 in Auckland, New Zealand. ... Peter Erskine (born June 5, 1954) is an American jazz drummer. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ...


In 2008, he won a Grammy for Best Choral Performance: Brahms: Ein Deutsches Requiem; Simon Rattle, conductor; Simon Halsey, chorus master (Thomas Quasthoff & Dorothea Röschmann; Rundfunkchor Berlin; Berliner Philharmoniker)[EMI Classics].


References

  1. ^ Stephen Moss, 'I'm lucky. Everyone can see my disability'. The Guardian, 20 October 2000.
  2. ^ Peter Conrad, "More, much more than this...". The Observer, 7 April 2002.
  3. ^ Jay Nordlinger, "Scatting & Growling His Way Through". New York Sun, 9 March 2007.
  4. ^ Allan Kozinn, "Put Me Out There, Coach. I’m Ready to Sing." New York Times, 7 March 2007.

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Thomas Quasthoff - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (286 words)
The German bass-baritone Thomas Quasthoff (born in Hildesheim, Germany on November 9, 1959) is generally regarded as one of the finest lieder singers of his generation.
Quasthoff was born with serious birth defects caused by his mother's use of the morning sickness drug Thalidomide.
Quasthoff was denied admission to the music conservatory in Hanover due to his physical inability to play the piano.
NationMaster - Encyclopedia: Thomas Quasthoff (866 words)
The German bass-baritone Thomas Quasthoff (born November 9, 1959) is generally regarded as one of the finest lieder singers of his generation.
Thomas Quasthoff records for Deutsche Grammophon and in 2001 won the Grammy Award for Best Classical Vocal Performance for his performance with Anne Sofie von Otter and the Berlin Philharmonic of Mahler’s Des Knaben Wunderhorn.
Quasthoff was declined admission to the music conservatory in Hanover due to his physical inability to play the piano.
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