Baritone Valentin Lanzrein is an active performer, an ardent voice pedagogue and a distinctive scholar. His broad repertoire covers nine languages and all the classical styles ranging from the Renaissance to the avant-garde. His pedagogical expertise includes studio voice, lyric diction, voice pedagogy, solo vocal literature, and opera workshop. He is internationally sought after as a competition adjudicator and Masterclass clinician, and he is an author with Oxford University Press.
Lanzrein is the two-time recipient of the prestigious Kiefer Hablitzel Prize in Music awarded by the Association of Swiss Musicians (Switzerland) and has toured Europe, Asia, and the U.S.A. His passion for the art song has led him to appearances at the Rheingau Musikfestival (Germany), the Aimez Vous Brahms festival (Switzerland), the Verbier Festival (Switzerland), and in the Wednesday at One series at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall in New York.
Recent appearances includethe baritone solo in Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, with the NUS Symphony and Choir in Singapore, Bach’sMagnificatas soloist with the Indianapolis Symphonic Choir and the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra,the collaboration with the Ciompi Quartet in Barber’sDover Beach, Stravinsky’s Pulcinella as soloist with the Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle and Bobby in Kurt Weill’s Mahagonny Songspiel at Memorial Hall, Chapel Hill. He also appeared in the Milestones Festival Gala concert as soloist in Stephen Jaffe’s Songs of Turning and as soloist with the Carolina Choir in Bach’s B minor mass, and Brahms’ German Requiem.
Lanzrein is currently serving as a visiting faculty member at The Tianjin Juilliard School and as Associate Professor at the School of Music, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shenzhen, China. Previously he held positions at the Soochow University School of Music in Suzhou, China, DePauw University School of Music, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in the U.S. He also served on the voice faculty at the iSING! Suzhou, International Young Artist Festival, and the artist faculty of the Sulzbach-Rosenberg International Music Festival in Germany. As an adjudicator, he has been invited to events of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, the Classical Singers Vocal Competition in the U.S., and at the Hong Kong Schools Music Competition in Hong Kong. He is an author of The Singer’s Guide to German Diction, published by Oxford University Press in 2018.
Lanzrein holds degrees from the Konservatorium für Musik und Theater Bern (Switzarland), an Artist Diploma from Oberlin College, bachelor’s and master’s degrees from The Juilliard School, New York (U.S.A.), and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from State University of New York in Stony Brook (U.S.A.). He has studied and participated in international master classes with Brigitte Fassbaender, Peter Schreier, Warren Jones, Richard Miller, W. Stephen Smith, and Elisabeth Glauser.