Biography

Hanno Müller-Brachmann

"The bass-baritone Hanno Mueller-Brachmann is an ideal Figaro: a youthful appealing actor, a singer with a firm, dark and exciting voice."

The New York Times 12.8.2013

„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 influencing musicians’ personalities of our time as a song, concert and opera singer. Including Sir Simon Rattle, Bernard Haitink, Daniel Barenboim, Herbert Blomstedt, Iván Fischer, Andris Nelsons, Christoph von Dohnanyi, Michael Gielen, Zubin Mehta, Riccardo Chailly, Adam Fischer, Daniel Harding, Franz Welser-Möst, Charles Dutoit, Andrés Erozco-Estrada, Jesús López Cobos, Enoch zu Guttenberg or Christian Thielemann and in the past Claudio Abbado, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Kurt Masur, Lorin Maazel, Pierre Boulez or Sir Neville Marriner.

His song debut at the Berlin Philharmonie he gave with Malcolm Martineau. At his song debut in the London Wigmore Hall András Schiff was his partner.
Further important partners on the piano were Hartmut Höll, Hendrik Heilmann, Philippe Jordan and Daniel Barenboim.

It was Daniel Barenboim who integrated the then 27-year-old student in the ensemble of the Berlin State Opera “Unter den Linden”. In his 13 years’ membership he was singing the big Mozart parts under Barenboim’s management, but also Orest (Elektra), Amfortas (Parsifal), Escamillo (Carmen) or Wotan (Rhine gold).
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 the operas of San Francisco, Madrid, Sevilla and Modena as well as in the State Operas of Vienna, Munich, Hamburg and the Scala in Milan.

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, the Collegium Vocale Gent under Philippe Herreweghe or the Monteverdi Choir under Sir John Elliot Gardiner were his partners.

He gave his debut in the New York Carnegie Hall in 2000 in Elliott Carter's American premiere of the opera "What next" with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra under Daniel Barenboim. He had premiered this piece in the Berlin State Opera before. Another debut performance was Pascal Dusapin’s opera “Faustus – the last night” 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. In March 2017 he launched Wolfgang Rihm’s “Requiem-Strophen” with the Symphony Orchestra of the Bavarian Broadcasting under Mariss Jansons in Munich and Lucerne.

Today the bass baritone can look back on musical experiences with the leading orchestras in Berlin, New York, Boston, Chicago, London, San Francisco, Madrid, Shanghai, Tel Aviv, Munich, Lisbon, Cleveland, Paris, Zürich, Los Angeles, Milan et al. He has been a guest at several international festivals in Salzburg, Florence, Aix, Munich, Berlin, Beijing or Edinburgh, at the Schubertiade in Schwarzenberg and the BBC Proms. Award-winning CDs and DVDs document his work.

Highlights of the 18/19 season include Franz Welser-Möst’s re-invitations to the Cleveland Orchestra for „Ariadne on Naxos“ and Sir Simon Rattle‘s to the London Symphony Orchestra for „Das Schlaue Füchslein“ directed by Peter Sellars in London and Paris as well as to the Chamber Orchestra of Europe under Bernard Haitink with Mahler’s songs from „Des Knaben Wunderhorn“ in the Cologne Philharmonie.
Futhermore, the bass baritone makes his debut at the Accademia Santa Cecilia in Rome under Kirill Petrenko.

Hanno Müller-Brachmann studied in Freiburg with Ingeborg Most and in Mannheim with Rudolf Piernay. In Berlin he attended the song class of Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau. Three first prices at national competitions in a row (Bundeswettbewerb Gesang in Berlin 1992 & 1994 and Meistersingerwettbewerb Nürnberg 1995) and subsequent successes in international competitions (ARD competition in Munich in 1996 and ‘Neue Stimmen’ in Gütersloh 1995) mark the beginning of his professional career.
Today he lectures as a professor for song at the Hochschule für Musik in Karlsruhe. The triple father is a juror for international competitions and is strongly committed to the preservation and improvement of musical education in Germany. For example, he is chairman of „Cantus Juvenum Karlsruhe e.V.“ where about 150 children are individually trained in a boys‘ and girls’ choir which can be heard in the churches of the city, the Baden States Theatre or the Festival Hall Baden-Baden.