Sebastian Kohlhepp

German tenor Sebastian Kohlhepp is one of the most established and versatile singers of his generation and is a sought-after guest on international stages.

Born in Limburg an der Lahn, he received his initial musical training as a member of the local boys’ choir. Following his studies with Hedwig Fassbender in Frankfurt, he joined the ensembles in Karlsruhe, Vienna and Stuttgart as a permanent member.

Sebastian Kohlhepp has been working as a freelancer since the 2017/18 season. He has made guest appearances on the most important international stages including Teatro alla Scala Milano, the Vienna State Opera, Opera House Zurich, the Bavarian State Opera, the Salzburg Festival, at Theater an der Wien and Dresden’s Semperoper.

Sebastian Kohlhepp is also much in demand as a concert soloist, with a repertoire ranging from Bach’s passions to the great masses and oratorios of the classical and romantic era and to the 20th century.

Kohlhepp works regularly with renowned orchestras such as the SWR Symphony Orchestra, Staatskapelle Dresden, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, RIAS Chamber Choir, Academy for Ancient Music, Collegium Vocale Gent under the direction of Ivor Bolton, Teodor Currentzis, Adam Fischer, Philippe Herreweghe, Manfred Honeck, René Jacobs, Vladimir Jurowski, Andris Nelsons and Christian Thielemann.

Kohlhepp’s artistic journey has been documented by numerous award-winning CD, DVD and radio recordings.

Andreas Frese

The narrative intensity and intimacy of his performances have made pianist Andreas Frese one of the most sought-after Lied accompanists and chamber music partners of his generation. Frese has performed with artists such as Julia Kleiter, Elisabeth Kulman, Hanna-Elisabeth Müller, Daniel Behle, Benjamin Bruns, Christian Immler, Christoph and Julian Prégardien, Benedict Kloeckner, the Aris Quartet and the Eliot Quartet at major venues including the Salzburg Festival, Schubertiade Hohenems and Schwarzenberg, at the Laeiszhalle in Hamburg, Philharmonie Cologne and at the National Concert Hall in Dublin.

In addition to his preference for the Lieder and chamber music of Franz Schubert and Robert Schumann, Frese often embarks on musical journeys of discovery in his programs, for example by devoting himself to the composers of the Art Nouveau period as well as to French and Scandinavian vocal music. Rarely performed works by forgotten composers also form a focal point of his repertoire. His extensive and award-winning discography and his publishing activities include the first complete recording, alongside an urtext edition of Antonin Dvořák’s early Zypressen cycle.

Andreas Frese pursues his passion for teaching at numerous international masterclasses, including at Fondation Royaumont.

Andreas Frese studied piano with Ria Goetze in Düsseldorf and Lied interpretation in the class of Irwin Gage in Zurich. Frese received further artistic impulses from master classes with Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau and Ferenc Rados.