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Koch, Jakob Johannes

Johannes Koch, born in 1969 in Wuerzburg/Germany, was admitted at the age of 18 to the singing class of Professor Arno Leicht at the Conservatory of his home-town. As a scholarship holder he studied music and theology from 1991-2006 in Wuerzburg, Nuremberg and Berlin. In 1994/95 he attended master class studies held by Professor Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau at the Berlin University of the Arts. In 1994 he was awarded the first prize in the International Robert Saar Singing Competition. This was followed in 1996 by the first prize in the Contest of German Conservatories. He took up doctoral studies at the University of Bonn, where he studied from 1997 until 2000 to obtain a doctorate in theology, completing his studies with a dissertation on church music.

Since Jakob Johannes Koch’s debut at the Berlin Philharmonic Concert Hall with a Schubert Lied recital in 1995, he sang selected opera roles of his discipline as well as almost all major base parts in oratory literature, and a wide range covering all the periods of the art song. He became known to a wider public singing the "Christ" parts in the Passions of J. S. Bach; the German daily newspaper "Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung" praised the "legitimate, superhuman pathos" of these interpretations. Koch collaborated for several years with the Austrian pianist Joerg Demus, which is documented on CD.

 

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