From the Tölzer Knabenchor as a boy alto soloist to singing at major concert halls, festivals and opera houses, German bass-baritone Christian Immler has spent many years making and recording music of the highest quality. He studied with Rudolf Piernay in London and won the International Nadia et Lili Boulanger Competition in Paris, launching his career.
In concert, he has immersed himself in the works of Handel, Haydn, Mozart, Mendelssohn, Mahler and, particularly, Bach, appearing all over the world. Christian has worked with such conductors as Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Marc Minkowski, Christophe Rousset, Philippe Herreweghe, Ivor Bolton, Daniel Harding, Kent Nagano, James Conlon, Andrew Parrott, Michel Corboz, Masaaki Suzuki, Raphael Pichon, Ottavio Dantone, Giovanni Antonini, Thomas Hengelbrock, Frieder Bernius, William Christie, Laurence Equilbey and Leonardo García Alarcón performing at venues such as the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, the Sydney Opera House, the Salzburg, Aix-en-Provence and Lucerne Festivals and the BBC Proms.On stage, he appeared at the Opéra Comique and the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in Paris, at the Grand Théâtre Genève, at the Theater an der Wien, at the New Israeli Opera, at the Teatro la Fenice in Venice, at the Boston Early Music Festival and, most recently, in Seoul in Don Giovanni with René Jacobs.
A keen recitalist, Christian has been invited to perform at the Wigmore Hall in London, the Frick Collection in New York, the Paris Philharmonie, the Salzburg Mozarteum, and the Tonhalle Zurich, the latter with pianist Helmut Deutsch with whom he released the album entitled ‘Modern Times’ as well as ‘Hidden Treasure’ (songs by Hans Gál). He collaborates regularly with Christoph Berner, Kristian Bezuidenhout, Andreas Frese, Silvia Fraser and Danny Driver. His last recital CD ‘Das heiße Herz’ (songs by Robert Schumann and Jörg Widmann) was awarded a ‘Diapason d’Or’.
In coming seasons, we will see him sing Rocco in Beethoven’s Leonore at the Seine Musicale in Paris and with René Jacobs and the Freiburger Barockorchester at the Berlin Philharmonie, Musiklehrer in Strauss’ Ariadne auf Naxos at Luxembourg Opera and Beethoven’s Fidelio at the Opéra Comique in Paris with Raphael Pichon. His latest recording of Bach’s St Matthew Passion with the Ensemble Pygmalion/Raphael Pichon won the Gramophone Choral Award 2022.
His more than 50 recordings have been awarded prizes such as a Gramophone Award in 2020, a 2016 Grammy Nomination, the Echo Klassik, the Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik, several Diapason d’Or, a Diamant d’Opéra and France Musique’s Enregistrement de l’année. Much in demand for worldwide master classes, Christian is Professor of Voice at the Kalaidos Fachhochschule in Zurich.