Austrian baritone Benno Schollum studied at the Vienna University of Music with Josef Greindl, Roman Ortner and Robert Schollum, and has himself taught there since 1983. He is the co-author of the highly successful book German for Singers (Schirmer, New York) which has become the standard work of its kind in North America., and regularly gives Lied masterclasses with the emphasis on diction at the Franz Schubert Institute, Zagreb Music Academy, Royal Academy and Royal College of Music in London, the Sibelius Academy Helsinki and elsewhere.
His repertoire extends from the great oratorios to opera, operetta, musicals, lieder, chansons and Viennese music. He has performed among others with the Berlin Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Vienna Symphony, the Spanish National Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic, Vienna Symphony, the Spanish National Orchestra, the RSO Madrid, Sinfonia Varsovia and the Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra of Moscow with conductors such as Yehudi Menuhin, Mstislav Rostropovich, Philippe Entremont, Adam Fischer, Zoltán Kocsis, Djansug Kakhidze, Tamas Vasary, Vladimir Fedoseyev, Jesús Lopez Cobos, Antoni Wit, Stefan Soltesz, Jacek Kaspszyk and Stanislaw Skrowaczewski.
His recital programmes include all the Schubert cycles which he has sung across three continents, with Die Winterreise featuring notably in the current season.
Benno Schollum played the role of Kuno in the film production of Carl Maria von Weber’s Der Freischütz (www.huntersbride.com) which went on general cinema release in December 2010 (directed by Jens Neubert with the London Symphony Orchestra under Daniel Harding, and also featuring Juliane Banse, Olaf Bär, Franz Grundheber, René Pape and others). This year sees numerous concerts in Austria, Finland, Turkey and a series of performances of Beethoven’s 9th Symphony with the Japan Philharmonic under Maestro Junichi Hirokami, a concert performance of Beethoven’s Fidelio in Graz, a concert with Wiener Concert Verein and Vladimir Fedoseyev in Vienna's prestigious Musikverein and a performance of Schönberg’s “A Surviver from Warsaw” in Budapest with the Hungarian National Orchestra and James Judd. 2015 starts with several performances of Schubert’s “Winterreise” in Austria and Hungary. He is a member of Jury of the Reszkow Vocal Competition in Poland.
Among the CDs he has recorded are Wilhelm Busch in Wort und Ton with Stephan Paryla and Russell Ryan (Preiser Records), Schubert’s Winterreise (Graham Johnson, piano). Haydn’s Creation, Händel’s Messiah, Beethoven’s 9th Symphony and various Schubert Masses (Sinfonia Varsovia, Yehudi Menuhin, Warner Classics), and Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta (Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra, Vladimir Fedoseyev)
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