Biography


The German tenor Martin Lattke (*1981) received his first singing training at the age of 7.

As a boy soprano he was since 1990 a member of the Thomanerchor Leipzig, where he spent the following nine years of his life, and began an extensive musical education.
After his choir time he was in 1999 co-founder of the Calmus Ensemble Leipzig and from 2006 to 2013 a member of the vocal soloist ensemble amarcord and performed on stages and podiums of major concert halls and music festivals worldwide.
He is laureate of international competitions (2002: 1st prize at the International Robert Schumann Choir Competition in Zwickau/Germany, 2004: 1st prize "Jugend kulturell" Hanover/Germany, 2005: 1st prize Tampere/Finland, 2005: 1st prize Tolosa/Spain) and was awarded a scholarship of the German Music Competition in 2002.

After completing his degree in industrial engineering in 2003, he studied opera singing at the oldest university school of music in Germany, the University of Music and Theatre "Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy" Leipzig, with Professor Hans-Joachim Beyer. In 2007 he completed a master class with Peter Schreier and received artistic impulses for singing the part of the Evangelist in Bach's Passions.
Martin Lattke's repertoire includes extensive Lieder and ensemble literature from the Renaissance to contemporary, oratorios and cantatas, preferably of the works of J.S. Bach, and opera. His debut as the Evangelist in Bach's Christmas Oratorio was in 2008 at the "Gran Teatro La Fenice" in Venice, conducted by Riccardo Chailly.

Many engagements have taken Martin Lattke in recent years to over 50 countries on all continents of the earth (including throughout Europe, the U.S., Australia, Canada, Russia, Japan, Korea, Africa, Central America and the Middle East).
Highlights of his singing career are the recording of Bach's Christmas Oratorio for Decca with the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra in 2010, conducted by Riccardo Chailly, the recording of the St. Matthew Passion with the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra in 2012 and the recording of the B-Minor Mass with the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra on DVD/Blu–ray in 2013, conducted by Thomaskantor Georg Christoph Biller.

Lattke was in 2010 with the ensemble amarcord a winner of the ECHO Klassik for the album "Rastlose Liebe" with music from Schumann and Mendelssohn, and in 2012 again for the album "Das Lieben bringt groß Freud!" with German folk songs.

Numerous other CD and radio productions document his artistic work.

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      „ . . . excellent soloists, led by Martin Lattke as the Evangelist . . . “
      (The Guardian [GB] · CD Review „Christmas Oratorio“ · November 2010)

      „ . . . Tongebung, Artikulation und Geschmeidigkeit [rasten ein] und seine leicht, sicher, schlicht und menschlich geführte Schilderung
      der Heilsgeschichte greift nach der Seele . . . “
      (Leipziger Volkszeitung [DE] · January 2010)

      „Diese 5 Jungs sind Weltstars, gehören zum Erfolgreichsten, was Leipzigs Musikszene hervorgebracht hat.“
      (BILD · October 2012)

      „Die fünf Sänger von amarcord, alle einst Mitglieder des Leipziger Thomanerchores und damit Bach-Interpreten bis auf die Knochen, brillieren dabei mit ihrer perfekt austarierten Stimmkraft und dem hohen Niveau ihrer Darbietungen.“
      (Fuldaer Zeitung [DE] · CD Review „Bach: The Motets“ · November 2012)

      „ . . . einem Motettenzyklus, der lupenrein intoniert, virtuos-tänzerisch und dabei fabelhaft durchscheinend Bachs eng verwobenes Themengeflecht kredenzt.“
      (MDR Figaro [DE] · CD Review „Bach: The Motets“ · October 2012)

      „This received a refined performance, with supple rubato and an elegant tone quality.“
      (The Australian [AU] · amarcord · August 2012)

      „Dass die fünf Sänger die neuen Klangmöglichkeiten ebenso spielerisch nutzten, wie sie mit den unterschiedlichen Stilen jonglieren, die vom afrikanischen Stammesgesang bis hin zum 50er-Jahre-Sound im Bonustrack mit Götz Alsmann (namens ‚Zuckerbäcker-Remix’) als Gast reichen, daran hatte auch der legendäre Bill Hare Anteil, der die A-cappella-Szene schon seit den siebziger Jahren mit seinen Aufnahmen und Mixes begleitet – und bei dem man bei aller Spielerei auch den typischen, zugleich himmlisch reinen und doch warm geerdeten amarcord-Klang gut aufgehoben wusste.“
      (Rondo [DE] · CD Review „Coming Home for Christmas“ · December 2011)

      „ . . . e soprattutto le prove superlative dei fratelli Martin e Wolfram Lattke rispettivamente impegnati con i recitativi dell’Evangelista e le difficilissime arie del tenore . . . “
      (La Nazione [IT] · November 2009)

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