Dear friends, honored audience,

Hanno Müller-Brachmann

I am happy to meet Sir Simon Rattle, Peter Sellars, Franz Welser-Möst, Jörg-Peter Weigle and Matthias Alteheld on stage again in the 18/19 season. It is a special honour for me to be able to contribute Mahler’s „Lieder aus des Knaben Wunderhorn“ in the Philharmonic Hall of Cologne during the farewell season of Bernard Haitink. I feel very close to him in deep gratefulness.

I am especially curious about my debut at the Academia Santa Cecilia in Rome under Kirill Petrenko. I am also curious about the other new partners.

Together with the pianist Hinrich Alpers and excellent colleagues we celebrate the OpusKlassik 2018 awards (successor of the ECHO Award) to our recording with works by Rudi Stephan at Sony Classical. It has been awarded the recording of the year in the category chamber music of the 20th/21st Century!

I appreciate to be able to combine the musical activities with old friends, nonprofessionals and international leaders in this season. Besides Cleveland, London, Oslo, Rome, the Berlin or the Cologne Philharmonic Halls I will often be heard in my Baden home country: In „Markgräflerland“ in southern Baden, for example, as an „artist in residence“ at the „Markgräfler Musikherbst 2018“, at the Freiburg Bach Choir, where I once made my debut as a student with Peter Schreier and now I’m looking forward to my first meeting with the new director Johannes Reich and Schumann’s “Paradise and the Peri”. The Festival Hall Baden-Baden is practically on my doorstep and I give my debut under KMD Christian Markus Raiser in my core repertoire at the Karlsruhe City Church: Bach’s „Johannes-Passion“. At the Karlsruhe Christ Church, Peter Gortner is inaugurated as new cantor, who has been shaped by Simon Halsey in Birmingham, under whom I often worked with the Berlin Broadcasting Choir. Which brings me back to the starting point.

The fact that I was elected first chairman of the „Cantus Juvenum Karlsruhe e.V.“ in December 2017 also shows how important the alliance of the base and the top is to me. In this community around 150 children are individually trained in a boys‘ and a girls’ choir which enrich the Churches in Karlsruhe, the Baden States Theatre and the Festival Hall Baden-Baden with their voices. There, most recently in collaboration with Prof. KS Brigitte Fassbaender, Teodor Currentzis or Sir Simon Rattle. It is fun to be able to contribute, either here or at the Hochschule for Music in Karlsruhe, together with wonderful teams to the development of structures that have also been provided to me for growing up.

A healthy and peaceful season 18/19 to all of you, have fun with the details of this web site, the music and good luck in life!

Yours, Hanno Müller-Brachmann