Quasthoff Quartett © Gregor Hohenberg
Quasthoff Quartett © Gregor Hohenberg


THOMAS QUASTHOFF as Narrator in Berlin and Munich

Thomas Quasthoff’s career may certainly be characterized as unprecedented. Hard work and a voice which is a divine gift led him to international success – and even today, having left the classical concert stage, Thomas Quasthoff is still surrounded by music: as a professor at the academy, as a jazz singer and as the narrator in programmes of his former singing colleagues, in melodramas or large-scale symphonic works including a narrator. His life experience, his willpower and his sense of humour have not only stood him in good professional stead, but have also opened up new perspectives to him in other areas of life.

Schoenberg’s melodrama A Survivor from Warsaw, which deals with the brutal crushing of the rebellion in the Warsaw ghetto, has accompanied Thomas Quasthoff for many years. Now he will perform the work, one of the most expressive in Schoenberg’s oeuvre, with the Staatskapelle Berlin under Daniel Barenboim, as part of a concert commemorating the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz concentration camp.

At this year’s festival »MPHIL 360°« of the Munich Philharmonic, Thomas Quasthoff will appear in Igor Stravinsky’s L’Histoire du soldat. Together with seven members of the Munich Philharmonic and Valery Gergiev, Thomas Quasthoff will recount this unique story of the devil’s violin, love, promises, luck and morality.


27. January 2020 | Berlin

Staatskapelle Berlin 
Daniel Barenboim, conductor
Arnold Schoenberg: A Survivior from Warsaw

2. February 2020 | Munich

Münchner Philharmoniker
Valery Gergiev, conductor
Igor Strawinsky: "L'Histroire du soldat"