Dominik Wörner

The German bass-baritone, Dominik Wörner, studied church music in Stuttgart (A-exam), with a DAAD-scholarship music science and harpsichord in Fribourg, and as a Warlomont-Meadow-Scholarship holder organ and singing (both soloist diploma) in Berne with Professor Jakob Stämpfli. He has also participated in master-classes with Julia Hamari, Klaus-Dieter Kern, Horst Günther and Rudolf Piernay. Already during his studies he gave concerts in Switzerland, Poland, UK and Germany. He was finalist at the Bund Singing Competition 2000. In 2002 he won the 1st Prize for singing and a special prize of the Leipziger Baroque Orchestra at the XIII International Bach Competition in Leipzig.

With the great oratorio parts as Dominik Wörner’s subject he arose in his homeland and abroad. Invitations to different Festivals (Flanders-Festival, Boston Early Music Festival, Bachfest Leipzig, London Proms, Händel-Tage Halle, Tanglewood, Tokyo Suntory Hall, etc.) he has co-operated with various conductors (such as Philippe Herreweghe, Thomas Hengelbrock, Christophe Coin, Carl Saint Clair) and orchestras (such as Orchester des Collegium Vocale Gent, Orchestre des Champs-Élysées, Bamberger Symphoniker, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, Capella Istropolitana).

In this year (2003) Dominik Wörner performed Marienvesper by Monteverdi for the Belgian television with the Collegium Vocale Gent under Philippe Herreweghe, J.S. Bach’s Peasant (BWV 212) & Coffee (BWV 211) Cantatas with Ensemble Baroque de Limoges under Christophe Coin in Milan for RAI 3, and Mozart’s C minor Mass with the Orchestre of the Champs of Élysées Paris in a European tour, which included London, Edinburgh, Rome, Lisbon and Porto.

Further Dominik Wörner was invited to the opening concert of Bachfest Leipzig with the Thomanerchor under George Christoph Biller, sang Haydn's Schöpfung with the Berliner Bachakademie at the Berlin’s Philharmonie, appeared at the Göttinger Händelfestspiele in a rediscovered Bach Cantata, and gave at Bachwoche Ansbach a solo recital with works of J.S. Bach, Felix Mendelssohn, Robert Schumann and Johannes Brahms.

With the Baroque ensemble Gli Scarlattistihe Dominik Wörner recorded Marienvesper by Monteverdi and Schütz’ Exequien, and only recently he took up a further production with Rosenmüller program. With Capriccio he produced Bußpsalmen Lassos with the Tölzer Knabenchor. The performance of contemporary music is an important request for him, about which witness several premieres of works composers wrote for him, such as Canticum Canticorum by Marco Sofianopoulo and Lamentatio and Triptychon by Werner Jacob with Sebalder Nachtkonzert Nürnberg as a production the Bavarian Broadcast.

Dominik Wörner dedicates himself passionately to the singing of Lieder. Past year he made a tour of Schubert’s Winterreise interpreted with hammerflügel. To celebrate the 200th birthday of Franz Lachne he sang Lieder by the composer for bass, violoncello and Hammerflügel, Gustav Mahler’s Kindertotenlieder with the Berner Symphonieorchester in Casino Bern, and a cycle of Turrini songs of Arthur Dangel.

The Bern’s press wrote of Dominik Wörner’s interpretation of Christ role in J.S. Bach’s Matthäus-Passion (BWV 244) in Berner Münster this year: ‘Meanwhile Dominik Wörner left the lasting impression: With his warming, contentful and sovereign Christ he sang himself to the public in the heart”

In addition Dominik Wörner is founder and artistic director of his own concert series, the Kirchheimer Konzertwinters, in his homeland.