The Tölzer Knabenchor

The Tölzer Knabenchor

In 1956 the conductor and specialist in the training of voices Gerhard Schmidt-Gaden founded the Tölzer Knabenchor in Bad Tölz. Today Gerhard Schmidt-Gaden teaches together with six other choirmasters and vocal-training teachers in the choir´s own studios in Munich more than 150 boys (four choirs) coming from Munich and the region of Upper Bavaria. The thorough all-round musical education of the members emanates from the voluntary self-discipline of each chorister, with creativity, spontaneity and the joy of singing, being held as much in esteem as the attainment of a highly-developped technique. In addition to the choir training the boys get also individual lessons and lessons with ensemble. Over the years they have got the possibility to learn a perfect technique. A lot of the boys are able to sing as soloists at the international opera-houses and in concerts when they are older. The various choir ensembles give approximately 240 concert- and opera-performances per annum.

The wide musical range of the choir encloses vocal music of the Middle Ages up to modernity. Folk-songs are also part of the repertoire as well as artistic motets. The choir has a priority in the performance of religious music of the Baroque and the Classical period. For Gerhard Schmidt-Gaden the authentic represenation on original instruments is very important. Operatic and other solos for boysoprano were and are still sung by members of the Tölzer Knabenchor. Until now, twelve record-productions of Mozart’s „Magic Flute“ exist, in which the parts of the „three boys“ are sung by soloists from Tölz.

Extensive concert-tours have led the Tölzer Knabenchor to Japan, China, Israel, England, France, Italy, Spain, the Netherlands, Belgium, Poland, Austria, Switzerland and the United States. Many great conductors such as Claudio Abbado, Daniel Barenboim, Leonard Bernstein, Karl Böhm, Sergiu Celibidache, John Eliot Gardiner, Herbert von Karajan, James Levine, Lorin Maazel, Zubin Mehta, Riccardo Muti, Seiji Ozawa, Wolfgang Sawallisch and Sir Georg Solti have performed and are performing with the Tölzer Knabenchor at leading opera houses and renowned festivals world-wide.

The Tölzer Knabenchor is supported by the State of Bavaria, the City of Bad Tölz and the Schörghuber Company.

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