Biography

Hanno Müller-Brachmann

„Müller-Brachmann is a rising star in Germany, and with good reason; his sonouros, flexible bass-baritone communicated every single word.”

 

"The Guardian" writes about his interpretation of Gustav Mahler’s “Lieder aus des Knaben Wunderhorn” with the London Philharmonic Orchestra under Vladimir Jurowski.

„Refined, text-related and differentiated and vocally affected by interesting interpretation options”

"Die Presse" comments his song debut in the big hall of the Viennese Concert Hall together with Andreas Schiff.

The bass baritone Hanno Müller-Brachmann works together with many of the most inspiring musicians’ personalities of our time as a song, concert and opera singer. Including Sir Simon Rattle, Bernard Haitink, Nicholas Harnoncourt, Herbert Blomstedt, Claudio Abbado, Ivan Fischer, Christian Thielemann, Andris Nelsons, Christoph von Dohnanyi, Michael Gielen, Zubin Mehta, Riccardo Chailly, Adam Fischer, Lorin Maazel, Daniel Harding, Enoch zu Guttenberg, Franz Welser-Möst or Charles Dutoit.

At his song debut in the London Wigmore Hall András Schiff was his partner as well as in the Essener und the Berliner Philharmonie. So the singer was several times invited to the Kammermusik festivals in Ittingen (Switzerland) and Vicenza (Italy) and was regularly partner of the “Capella Andrea Barca”. Moreover, they gave song evenings together in Hitzacker, the concert halls in Freiburg and Vienna or the Berlin Philharmonics. Further song partners were Hartmut Höll, Malcolm Martineau, Hendrik Heilmann, Eric Schneider, Philippe Jordan, Burkhard Kehring or Daniel Barenboim.

It was Daniel Barenboim who integrated the then 27-year-old student in the ensemble of the Berlin State Opera where he was singing the big Mozart parts for 13 years, but also Orest (Elektra), Amfortas (Parsifal) or Wotan (Rhine gold) under his management. Under Michael Gielen and Sir Simon Rattle he there vocalized Golaud (Pelleas et Melisande). Furthermore, he could work here with Gustavo Dudamel, Sebastian Weigle and Philippe Jordan. Guest contracts followed in San Francisco, Madrid, Sevilla, Modena as well as in the State Operas in Vienna, Munich and Hamburg. Educated as child in the Knabenkantorei Basel, Hanno Müller-Brachmann was very early sought after as a concert singer: The Rias-Kammerchor under Marcus Creed, La Chapelle Royale under Philippe Herreweghe or The English Baroque Soloists under Sir John Elliot Gardiner were his partners. 

He gave his debut in the New York Carnegie Hall in 2000 in Elliott Carter's opera "What next" with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra under Daniel Barenboim. Further debut performances were Pascal Dusapin’s opera “Faustus – the last night” and Otfried Büsing’s song cycle “Songs of an island” at the Berlin State Opera as well as a song cycle of Manzoni on the occasion of Claudio Abbados’ 75th birthday at the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. Today the bass baritone can look back on musical climaxes with orchestras like the Berlin and Viennese Philharmonic Orchestras, Boston Symphony Orchestra, the New York and London Philharmonic Orchestras, the Gewandhaus Leipzig, the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, the Dresden and Berlin Staatskapelle. Award-winning recordings document his business. The season 2014/15 starts with the opening concert of the Salzburg Festspiele 2014, Haydn’s “Schöpfung” under Bernard Haitink and includes a tour in Eastern Europe with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra under Sir Simon Rattle to celebrate the 25th jubilee of the Belin Fall of the Wall with Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 and the “Sabat mater” of Szymanowski, as well as invitations of the Symphony Orchestra of the BR under Bernard Haitink to the “Missa solemnis”, of the Cleveland Orchestra under Franz Welser-Möst to Bach’s “Hohe Messee in h-moll” as well as the return to the opera stage as “Papageno” in Mozart’s Magic Flute with the Budapest Festival Orchestra under Iván Fischer in Budapest, Abu Dabi and New York.

Hanno Müller-Brachmann studied under Prof. Ingeborg Most in Freiburg, under Prof. Rudolf Piernay in Mannheim, attended the song class of Prof. Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau in Berlin and today lectures as a professor for song at the Hochschule für Musik in Karlsruhe. The triple father is juror for international contests and dedicates himself vehemently for the survival and improvement of the musical education in Germany.