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). He is First Prize winner of the Queen Elisabeth Competition 2018, was awarded the 2018 Emmerich Smola Prize, First Prize in the 2017 Das Lied International Song Competition in Heidelberg, Second Prize at the 2015 Wigmore Hall Song Competition in London, and Third Prize in the Hugo Wolf Competition in Stuttgart in 2016. He is also First Prize winner of the 2015 Young Concert Artists International Auditions in New York, captured 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.
Recent European debuts have included concerts with the Munich Philharmonic and Hessischer Rundfunk, as well as recitals at the Schubertiade Vilabertran in Barcelona and the Tonhalle Zürich. Mr. Hasselhorn has also appeared in the Gewandhaus Leipzig, at the International Händel Festival in Göttingen, and at Notre Dame in Paris. Future debuts include recitals at Wigmore Hall and Cambridge with Malcolm Martineau and concerts at the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, Auditorio Nacional de Musica Madrid, and the Grand Hall of Moscow Conservatory.
Samuel Hasselhorn was a fellow at the Marlboro Festival in 2017 and was also invited both in 2014 and 2016 to be fellow at the Ravinia’s Steans Music Institute, as well as to sing at Carnegie Hall in Marilyn Horne’s “The Song Continues Series” in 2015. During his recent U.S. tours, he made his recital debuts in Washington, DC and in New York in the Rhoda Walker Teagle Concert on the Young Concert Artists Series. He appeared in recitals at the Buffalo Chamber Music Society, the Port Washington Library, the Levine School of Music, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Mt. Pleasant Presbyterian Church, Mary Baldwin University, and as a soloist with the Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle. He also appeared with the Boise Philharmonic and Oregon Mozart Players. Future stateside engagements will include appearances at the Schubert Club in St. Paul, Minnesota, Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, and a Winterreise with the Edmonton Symphony.
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 in 2016 he sang the lead role in Der Kaiser von Atlantis by Viktor Ullmann with the Studio de l’Opéra de Lyon. In season 2016/2017, he appeared as Masetto in Mozart’s Don Giovanni with l’Opéra de Lyon, and he made his debut at the Leipzig Opera, where he sang in a ballet production of Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana. Upcoming debuts include Ottokar in a European touring production of Der Freischütz conducted by Laurence Equilbey.
His first CD “Nachtblicke,” with lieder by Schubert, Pfitzner, and Reimann, was released in December 2014 on the Classicclips label. An upcoming recording featuring a newly put together and composed Dichterliebe, along with the beloved Schumann Dichterliebe, will be released in September 2018.
Samuel Hasselhorn earned his degree in Opera Performance from the Hannover Music Conservatory, which also included a year of study at the Paris Conservatory. He has worked with Patricia McCaffrey, Malcolm Walker, Marina Sandel, Jan-Philip Schulze, Susan Manoff, and Anne Le Bozec. He has also participated in master classes with Kiri Te Kanawa, Kevin Murphy, Thomas Quasthoff, Helen Donath, Annette Dasch, Irwin Gage, Edith Wiens, and Martin Brauß. Samuel 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 Young Concert Artists in NYC.