Years of distinction

“And the Grammy goes to…”


The new album Nice’n‘ Easy is being released on Mai 18th by OKeh/Sony Music. It is Thomas Quasthoffs first production with bigband. His dreams for a long time came true to sing jazz classics with the NDR bigband and his standing celebrated musicans Frank Chastenier(piano), Dieter Ilg (bass) und Wolfgang Haffner (drummer).


November: Cast of Le Beau W. Shakespeare’s “As you like it” at Berliner Ensemble (directed by
Katharina Thalbach)


Januar: Thomas Quasthoff beendet seine Karriere als klassischer Sänger.


September: After the best-selling Jazzalbum “Watch What Happens” (2007) Thomas Quasthoff’s new CD “Tell It Like It Is” is being released with favourite songs from soul legends, pop stars and heros from the blues area (The German press release announcing the CD’s publication in September 2010 can be found in this PDF document)


Awarded the honorary title of Singer of Excellence (KS) in Vienna (Eulogy by KS Brigitte Fassbaender shortened version can be found in the following PDF document)
Herbert von Karajan Prize, Festspielhaus Baden-Baden
Gold Medal from the Royal Philharmonic Society in London


Verdi Requiem with the Vienna Philharmonic and Riccardo Muti


Jazz concerts with Till Brönner at the Carnegie Hall New York, the Musikverein Vienna, the Cologne Philharmonic and the Admiralspalast in Berlin


Awarded Order of the Federal Republic of Germany (Bundesverdienstkreuz)


Debut at the Vienna State Opera as “Amfortas” in Wagner’s “Parsifal” under the direction of Donald Runnicles and first song recital at the Salzburg Festival
Became Professor of Singing at the Hanns Eisler Academy of Music in Berlin
Bach cantatas with the Berlin Baroque Soloists (Midem Classical Award 2005, Classic Amadeus Prize 2005, Grammy Award 2006, DG)


First operatic performance as “Don Fernando” in Beethoven’s “Fidelio” with the Berlin Philharmonic under the direction of Sir Simon Rattle in Berlin and at the Salzburg Easter Festival
CD publication: Schubert songs with the orchestration of famous composers with Anne Sofie von Otter, Claudio Abbado and the Chamber Orchestra of Europe (Grammy Award 2004, DG)


Schumann’s “Scenes from Goethe’s Faust” with the Berlin Philharmonic under the direction of Claudio Abbado and Bach’s “St. John Passion” under the direction of Sir Simon Rattle


Memorial concert, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with the Vienna Philharmonic and Sir Simon Rattle among others at the concentration camp at Mauthausen (Austria)


Debut at the Carnegie Hall in New York in Benjamin Britten’s “War Requiem” with the Boston Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Seiji Ozawa
Exclusive contract with Deutsche Grammophon (DG); first publication: Mahler’s songs from “des Knaben Wunderhorn” with Anne Sofie von Otter and the Berlin Philharmonic under the direction of Claudio Abbado (Grammy Award 2000)


First cooperation with the Vienna Philharmonic under the direction of Helmuth Rilling at the Vienna Musikverein


First concert performances with Sir Simon Rattle (Haydn’s “The Creation” with the Berlin Philharmonic)


Shostakovitch Award in Moscow and the Hamada Trust/Scotsman Festival Prize at the Edinburgh International Festival
Became Professor for Singing at the Detmold Academy of Music (Nordrhein-Westfalen)


Debut at the Oregon Bach Festival, USA under the direction of Helmuth Rilling


Debut at the Vienna Musikverein with Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony under the direction of Isaac Karabtchevsky


Awarded first prize at the ARD International Music Competition in Munich