Voice group: Bass
While still in school, Matthias Ettmayr was already a member of the Tölzer Knabenchor, from which he received musical and vocal training. “Three to four dozen times”, as he puts it himself, he sang one of the boys in “Die Zauberflöte” on various European opera stages including Stuttgart and Munich.
After his voice changed, he took further singing lessons from Gerhard Schmidt-Gaden in Bad Tölz, then later also worked with Daphne Evangelatos and Franz Reuter. To round off his education, he also attended master classes with Kurt Equiluz.
His work in a number of semi-professional choruses such as the Gächinger Kantorei and the Süddeutsche Vokalensemble made it virtually a foregone conclusion that he would ultimately work in a professional chorus.
At this point, however, it is time to take a short glance at Matthias Ettmayr’s “other” scientific résumé: after graduating from secondary school and completing his civil service, he studied mechanical engineering at both the TU and the FHH in Munich, and then, immediately thereafter, he was hired by a company in Stockdorf. Finally, in 1997, he opened his own EDP networking and telecommunications firm. Here he is in good company: baritone Bernd Weikl is a graduate economist, Hans-Peter von Blochwitz trod the path to musical glory via a detour over a career as a graduate engineer. And the fabulous Waltraud Meier studied English and Romance languages before launching her singing career.
During his studies and the professional activity that followed, Matthias Ettmayr sang in the Balthasar-Neumann-Chor, an ensemble made up exclusively of soloists, and was also in the extra choruses of both the Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks (in the so-called concert chorus) as well as in the Berliner Rundfunkchor. In contrast to an amateur soloist who initially emerges from the ranks of a chorus, a singer eager to be accepted in a professional chorus must first put his solo qualities to the test. Matthias Ettmayr was and still is a singer who worked as a soloist with renowned orchestras and has been heard at a number of well-known festivals.
Unlike his voice range, which is located down in the lowest sub-cellar, this father of two likes to hit the heights in his free time, enjoying the challenges of extreme mountain climbing. Deep-sea diving and sailing, however, also number among his favorite recreational activities.
Matthias Ettmayr has been a regular member of the Bavarian Radio Chorus since 2003.