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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 received several distinctions for his devotion to the classical lied.

Invitations as a concert soloist and Lied performer brought him, amongst others, to the Wiener Musikverein and Wiener Konzerthaus, Salzburg Festival, Lockenhaus Chamber Music Festival, Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, Oxford Lieder Festival, Gewandhaus Leipzig, Berlin Philharmonie, Laeiszhalle Hamburg, London Wigmore Hall, Philharmonie de Paris, or the Suntory Hall Tokyo.

His opera career led the versatile artist to the Volksoper Wien, Theater an der Wien, 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. He appeared in different major roles including Papageno, Onegin, Don Giovanni, Belcore, Silvio, Marcello, Conte Almaviva, Harlekin, Falke, Donner, Faninal, Besenbinder, Kurwenal and 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 Trojahn’s Orest at Neue Oper Wien, he celebrated a triumph for hisintense 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 International Classical Music Awards.

His latest album Das Lyrische Intermezzo was awarded the Bank Austria Arts Award and nominated for the International Classical Music Awards.