Christof Hartkopf

Voice group: Bass

Christof Hartkopf did his musical basic training as a member of the Regensburger Domspatzen, already performing as a boy soloist on radio and television broadcasts. He completed his vocal studies with Anke Eggers at the Universität der Künste in Berlin. There, he also attended recital classes with Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau. Aided by a grant from the Richard Wagner Verband, Christof Hartkopf enrolled in interpretation classes with René Jacobs, Bernd Weikl and Thomas Quasthoff.

While still a student, he was already concertizing as a member of the Singer Pur sextet, joining forces with such groups as the Hilliard Ensemble, and he was also engaged for a position as a regular member of the RIAS Kammerchor, before switching to the Bavarian Radio Chorus. Solo engagements have taken Christof Hartkopf to the Hans-Otto-Theater in Potsdam (Arzt in Wilfried Hiller’s “Traumfresserchen”), to the Freiburger Barockorchester (Bach’s “Johannes-Passion”), to the Bayerische Staatsoper (Ridicule in Prokofiev’s “Love for the Three Oranges”) as well as to the Berliner Philharmoniker as the Messenger in Händel’s “Belshazzar”.

The main feature of his vast-ranging repertoire is in the area of sacred music, especially the works of Bach, in whose “Weihnachtsoratorium” Christof Hartkopf has sung as soloist with the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks under the direction of Thomas Hengelbrock.

Christof Hartkopf has been a member of the Bavarian Radio Chorus since 2004.

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