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Biography

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Winner of the Richard Tauber Prize, the International Schumann Competition Zwickau and the International Vocal Competition S’Hertogenbosch, Klemens Sander has been distinguished several times for his devotion to the classical lied. Invitations as a concert soloist and lied performer brought him, amongst others, to the Wiener Musikverein and the Konzerthaus, the Salzburg Festival, the Lockenhaus Chamber Music Festival, the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, the Oxford Lied Festival, Gewandhaus Leipzig, the Berlin Philharmonie, Laeisz Halle Hamburg, London Wigmore Hall, the Philharmonie de Paris, or the Suntory Hall Tokyo.

His opera career led the versatile artist to Volksoper Wien, Theater an der Wien, the New National Theatre Tokyo, Opéra de Dijon, Oper Leipzig, Neue Oper Wien, Oper Chemnitz, and to the opera houses in Limoges and Caen, as well as to Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe, where he appeared in different major roles (including Onegin, Papageno, Don Giovanni, Belcore, Silvio, Marcello, Graf Almaviva, Harlekin, Falke, Donner, Faninal, Besenbinder, Escamillo).

Within a short time, Klemens Sander has made himself a name as a sought-after performer of contemporary opera literature. At the much-noted Austrian premiere of Manfred Trojan’s Orest at Neue Oper Wien, he celebrated a triumph for his intense interpretation of the title role.

He has performed under conductors including Kirill Petrenko, Kent Nagano, H.K. Gruber, Christophe Rousset, Bertrand de Billy, Jérémie Rhorer, René Jacobs, Helmuth Rilling, Andrés Orozco-Estrada, Stefan Vladar, Thomas Dausgaard and Georges Prêtre.

Klemens Sander has recorded several CDs (Mahler’s Songs of a Wayfarer, Beethoven’s Symphony No 9, Fauré’s Requiem, Handel’s Judas Maccabaeus, Verdi’s Requiem, Bach’s cantata Ich habe genug). In 2013 he released his debut album featuring Schubert’s Schwanengesang and the Seidl Lieder op. 105. His second solo CD, Schubert‘s Die schöne Müllerin (2016), won the Supersonic Award and a nomination for the Classical Music Awards. For this album Das Lyrische Intermezzo he won the Bank Austria Arts Award in 2017.