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SESSION I

(course opened to singers, pianists and piano-voice duos)

CORNELIS

PIANO LIEDER

WITTHOEFFT

 

Staatliche Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst - Stuttgart

Cornelis Witthoefft is born in Hamburg in 1964. He first studies Protestant church music at the Hamburg Conservatory (organ: KMD Prof. Heinz Wunderlich, piano: Prof. Helena Rocha), conducting (GMD Prof. Otmar Suitner), choral conducting (Prof. Günther Theuring) as well as teaching (Prof. Harald Goertz), at the Vienna University of Arts, and music composition (Prof. Dr. med. Erik Werba).

He also works with Conrad Hasen and Helena Costa. In 1989, he graduates and receives the special prize “Music of the 20th century” at the “Franz Schubert and Contemporary Music" international competition in Graz. The then joins the Wiener Staatsoper as a choir master.

In parallel with his musical studies, from 1991 to 1997, Cornelis Witthoefft studies general and comparative literatures (German, English and Roman studies) and philosophy at the University of Stuttgart.

In 1991, Cornelis Witthoefft is appointed at the then Staatsoper Stuttgart. Thereafter, he performs in major opera houses such as the Opéra Bastille in Paris, the Flemish Opera of Antwerp, the Teatro di San Carlo in Naples, the Teatro Massimo in Palermo, the Salzburg Festival and the New Tokyo National Theater.

Cornelis Witthoefft conducts many concert activities both as a pianist and chamber musician in Germany and abroad with a vast and stylistically varied repertoire. In 1996, he plays the entire Liedwerk Anton Weberns as a pianist and conductor at the Oper Stuttgart; and in 1998 he presents a series of concerts with all of Schubert’s Lieder on Goethe at the Goethe Society of Stuttgart. In 2009, he works with baritone Thomas Pfeiffer to offer the complete performance of Franz Schubert's lieder cycle to the audience of the Stuttgart Academy of Music.

During the winter season 2004/2005, Cornelis Witthoefft is appointed Lied professor at the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Stuttgart, where he directs the master's program “Lied für Sänger und Pianisten”.

Singing lessons have taken him to the Tokyo Geddai Music Academy (Japan), the Vilnius Academy of Music (Lithuania), the Song Forum at the University of Arts University in Berlin and to the German Lied Academy in Trossingen (Germany).