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Biography

Bettina Pahn - Soprano

was born in Erfurt. She first studied cello and later focused on singing at the Hanns Eisler Music University in Berlin and with Professor Elsa Cavelti in Frankfurt. Since then, she has continued studying with Alexander Plus (Vienna) and Ulla Groenewold (Hamburg). Since June 2012, Bettina Pahn works together with the renowned Dutch singing teacher Margreet Honig. Her moving lyric soprano voice quickly excited the interest of diverse conductors in the areas of Oratorium, early music and lieder.

The German Soprano cooperates intensively with Ton Koopman in recordings and concerts. Together with him, she performs in the most important concert halls (the Carnegie Hall in New York and the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam...) and also in numerous of international festivals (the Göttingen Handel Festival and the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival). She has recorded four albums of a set of CDs with Ton Koopman dedicated to the work Dieterich Buxtehude. The second album "Opera Omnia VII - Volume 3" received the German Echo Classic Award 2009. In October 2012, Bettina Pahn took part in recordings of Solo Cantatas by Dieterich Buxtehude with Ton Koopman.

Additionally, Bettina Pahn has sung under the direction of Frieder Bernius, Pierre Cao, Peter Rundel and Patrick Peire, among others. A close co-operation connects her with the sacred music at St. Michaelis Cathedral in Hamburg under the direction of Christian Schoener.

Bettina Pahn has enjoyed a collaboration of many years with her duo partner, Echo prize winner lutenist Joachim Held. In 2007 the duo performed with great success at the "Göttinger Handel Festival", in June 2008 at the "Schwetzinger Festival" and in August 2009 at the "Schleswig-Holstein-Festival". As part of the "Handel Festival" in Halle (Germany), they gave a concert in 2011 with the ensemble Sarband. In autumn 2007 Hänssler Classic released their first collaborative CD of German folk songs and in summer 2009 a CD of German Christmas songs "Silent Night". In 2011 the duo is invited to the renowned "Innsbrucker Early Music Festival" in Austria. In 2015 they will perform at the "Itineraire Baroque" Festival in France (Périgord).

Under the guidance of Ton Koopman and together with Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra Bettina Pahn performed the Bach Cantatas "Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen" and "Weichet nur, betrübte Schatten" at the Intineraire Baroque Festival in July 2012 in France. Beginning June 2013 Bettina Pahn, Ton Koopman and the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra recorded the last 4 of the 9 Solos Cantatas for Soprano in Amsterdam.

Since 2010 Bettina Pahn works successfully together with Tini Mathot (Harpsichord). In September 2014 they will release their first album (Naxos) with songs from the second Berliner Liederschule under the guidance of Ton Koopman. End of October 2014 Bettina Pahn will participate to a unique concert in Lübeck (Germany) at the occasion of the 70th birthday of Ton Koopman. This concert will include among other Cantatas by Buxtehude.








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