Jürgen Banholzer
Solo Singing
Vocal Chamber Music (with or without instruments)

Jürgen Banholzer studied the organ in Boston (USA) with James David Christie, at the Musikhochschule in Stuttgart with Ludger Lohmann (on a scholarship from the Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes) and with Jean Boyer at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Lyon. He went on to study singing at the  Schola Cantorum in Basel and was later awarded a PhD in musicology at the University of Mainz.

As an organist he has given recitals in Germany, Austria, France, Italy and Switzerland. His main interest lies in organ music and organs of the 17th and 18th centuries. As a continuo player on harpsichord and organ he has been a guest in groups like the Johann Rosenmüller Ensemble, Freiburger Barockorchester, Balthasar-Neumann-Ensemble, L’Arpa festante, La Dolcezza or Stefan Temmingh & Ensemble.

Together with the Austrian dulcimer player Margit Übellacker he founded the ensemble La Gioia Armonica, which produced under his direction world-premiere recordings of hitherto unpublished works by Antonio Caldara, Johann Georg Reutter, Giambattista Martini and Antonio Sacchini, in collaboration with the lables cpo, Ramée and with Radio Bremen. The critics commented on these CDs: „a delightful range of charming colours and intriguing textural effects“ (Early Music); „brilliant interpretation“ (Goldberg); „breathtakinkly lovely“ (BBC Music Magazine).  The ensemble has since been invited to festivals like the Händelfestspiele Halle, Ton Koopman’s Itinérarie Baroque, the Dordrecht Bachfestival, the Timisoara Early Music Festival, Bagnacavallo Classica or the Mitteldeutsche Heinrich-Schütz-Tage.

Since 2017 Jürgen Banholzer has taught singing and vocal chamber music at the International Summer School of Early Music in Valtice (Czech Republic). He has taught at the Mainz Conservatory and at the Musicology Department of Mainz University.

Until 2010 Jürgen Banholzer performed as a countertenor soloist in concerts, radio broadcasts and CD recordings under conductors such as Thomas Hengelbrock, Ivor Bolton, Harry Christophers and Jean-Claude Malgoire, as well as with notable period orchestras and ensembles such as Concerto Köln, Il Seminario Musicale, Das Kleine Konzert, Concerto poetico Zürich, L’arpa festante, L’Orfeo, La Gamba. His recording of solo cantatas by Antonio Caldara was released to great acclaim. He appeared in opera productions at the Ludwigsburger Festspiele, the Festival de Musique du Haut-Jura, the Wiener Festwochen, the Bayerische Staatsoper / Prinzregententheater, the Feldkirch-Festival and in the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden. As an ensemble singer he worked with groups such as the Huelgas Ensemble, the Johann Rosenmüller Ensemble, Capella Ducale & Musica Fiata, the Clemencic Consort, La Fenice, Weser-Renaissance, La Chapelle Rhenane, Balthasar-Neumann-Chor, and the Amsterdam Baroque Choir at festivals throughout Europe and in the USA and China.

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About The Class

Solo singing – morning class

Vocal chamber music (with or without instruments) – afternoon class
This course invites groups of singers or of singers and instrumentalists, who want to work on a certain repertoire during the whole week: either on one larger work (like, for example, the Buxtehude Magnificat last year) or on a number of shorter works for the same distribution of singers and instruments (any combination is possible; for example: arias for soprano with two violins and continuo, or Madrigals for CCATB). The participating musicians of a group should be constant from the first day on. Ideally a group will be rehearsing every afternoon for one hour to ensure good progress of ensemble singing/playing.
Ensembles who want to participate, should send (as soon as possible) their distribution (who will be singing and playing what part) and the works they would like to perform to registrace@early-music.cz, so that the groups can be chosen. According to the suggestions and depending on the number of applicants we will decide who will be able to participate and who will be allotted how much time. I am aiming at then choosing three or four ensembles that will perform together every day.

Suggested Repertoire

SOLO SINGING: Italian or German repertoire from 17th and 18th century; English music – Dowland or other lutesong composers, Purcell, Händel.
Please send me a list of pieces you would like to sing by the middle of June mailing it to the following address: registrace@early-music.cz.

VOCAL CHAMBER MUSIC (with or without instruments): Bring any Italian or German Repertoire for voice(s) and instrument(s): Arias, Duetti, Ensembles etc. Singers are also invited to choose madrigals or motets which they would like to perform a capella.

Level Of Skills Required

Advanced and professionals

Maximum number of students

Solo singing - 8 / Vocal chamber music - 3 or 4 ensembles

Teaching Languages

English, German

Active Participants – Solo singing

    1. Anna Petrtylová
    2. Karolína Grebeníčková
    3. Michael Geisler
    4. Marek Zeman
    5. Markéta Maryášová
    6. Pavel Krč
    7. Roman List
    8. Denisa Richterová

Active Participants – Vocal chamber music

    1. Pavel Svoboda