On 11 January 2011, German bass-baritone Thomas Quasthoff, still in his early fifties, decided to say farewell to the concert stage and a career lasting almost four decades.
'I've decided myself, after almost forty years, to retire from the concert scene, due to persistent health issues', he stated. 'I owe much to the profession, and go without bitterness. On the contrary, I am looking forward to new challenges in my life. I want to thank all my fellow musicians, colleagues with whom I could stand together on stage, all the organisers and my audience for their loyalty.'
Quasthoff will continue to devote himself intensively to young singers, teaching at the Hanns Eisler Academy of Music in Berlin and at international masterclasses. He will also continue to preside over the international song content Das Lied, launched in 2009, and to be the host at Thomas Quasthoff's Night Conversations at the Berlin Konzerthaus.
Posted: 12 January 2012
by Machreich Artists Management
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