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 include the baritone solo in Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, with the NUS Symphony and Choir in Singapore, Bach’s Magnificat as soloist with the Indianapolis Symphonic Choir and the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, the collaboration with the Ciompi Quartet in Barber’s Dover 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 visiting faculty at The Tianjin Juilliard School and an Associate Professor of Voice and Coordinator of the Graduate Voice Performance Program at the Soochow University School of Music in Suzhou, China. He also serves on the voice faculty at the iSING! Suzhou, International Young Artist Festival. Previously he taught at DePauw University School of Music and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in the U.S. He is on the artist faculty of the Sulzbach-Rosenberg International Music Festival in Germany. As an adjudicator, he has served at 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.
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.