Matthias Goerne was born in Weimar and studied in Leipzig with Elisabeth Schwarzkopf and Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau. Mr. Goerne has been a regular performer at venues including Carnegie Hall and London’s Wigmore Hall, and with musical partners including pianists Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Leif Ove Andsnes, Alfred Brendel, and Christoph Eschenbach. He made his operatic debut in 1997 at the Salzburg Festival as Papageno in The Magic Flute and has appeared at opera houses including the Metropolitan Opera, Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Teatro Real in Madrid, Zurich Opera House, and Dresden’s Semper Oper, as well as at the Saito Kinen Festival in Japan. Mr. Goerne has appeared in concert with ensembles such as the Chicago Symphony, New York Philharmonic, Orchestre National de France, Berlin Philharmonic, and the Dresden Staatskapelle, among others. He made his San Francisco Symphony debut in 1996 and performed with the Orchestra most recently in 2008, singing Brahms’s A German Requiem.
Highlights of Mr. Goerne’s 2011-12 season included a tour with the Vienna Philharmonic, appearances at the Vienna State Opera and the Saito Kinen Festival, and song recitals with Christoph Eschenbach and Leif Ove Andsnes in Paris, Vienna, and at Carnegie Hall. This season, Mr. Goerne sings Wolfram in Wagner’s Tannhäuser at the Bavarian State Opera and Amfortas in a concert version of Parsifal with the Teatro Real in Madrid. Concert highlights include appearances with the Orchestre de Paris, Berlin Philharmonic, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, and Filarmonica della Scala, as well as song recitals with Pierre-Laurent Aimard and three Schubert cycles with Christoph Eschenbach at the Vienna Musikverein. Mr. Goerne’s discography includes recordings of Schubert’s Winterreise and Schwanengesang with Alfred Brendel, an album of Schumann songs with Eric Schneider, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with Paavo Järvi, Bach cantatas with violinist Hilary Hahn, and Zemlinsky’s Lyric Symphony with the Orchestre de Paris. He is currently recording an eleven-album series of Schubert songs for Harmonia Mundi.
In 2001, Matthias Goerne was appointed an honorary member of the Royal Academy of Music, and from 2001 to 2005, he was professor of Lied Interpretation at the Robert Schumann Academy in Düsseldorf. Mr. Goerne has won prizes at several international competitions, including second prize at the Robert Schumann Competition and first prizes at the Lindberg Salomon and Hugo Wolf competitions. In 2007 he received the first-ever Wigmore Medal, an award given annually by Wigmore Hall to notable figures in the classical music world.