Barbara Schlick (born 21 July 1943, Würzburg) is a German soprano who is particularly admired for interpretations of the concert literature of the baroque era.
Schlick studied singing under Henriette Klink-Schneiderat the Hochschule für Musik Würzburg and in Essen under Hilde Wesselmann. She later pursued further studies with Rudolf Piernay and Gisela Rohmert. Starting in 1966, Schlick began to appear throughout Europe as a soloist with Adolf Scherbaum's Baroque ensemble. She appeared for the first time in North America in a tour with Paul Kuentz and his chamber orchestra. She has since appeared at major concert halls, performance venues, and music festivals throughout Europe, Israel, Japan, Canada, the United States and Russia, singing under the batons of people like Frans Brüggen, William Christie, Michel Corboz, Reinhard Goebel, Philippe Herreweghe, René Jacobs, Sigiswald Kuijken, and Karl-Friedrich Beringer. She took part in the project of Ton Koopman and the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Choir to record the complete vocal works of Johann Sebastian Bach and also Motets for double chorus by Marc-Antoine Charpentier. Although mostly dedicated to the concert repertoire, she has sung in some baroque operas. Schlick has made numerous commercial recordings and appearances on both radio and television.
Schlick taught at the Hochschule für Musik Würzburg for eleven years. She was professor at the Hochschule für Musik Köln since 1997, and worked as guest lecturer at the Maastricht Academy of Music until 2002.
Gottfried Graf von der Goltz is a German violinist and conductor, specialising in the baroque repertoire. Born into the ancient Brandenburgish Goltz family, Gottfried was a great-grandson of the former commander of the Baltic Sea Division and the Baltische Landeswehr during World War I and the Russian Civil War, General Rüdiger von der Goltz. His first teachers were his parents, Georg Conrad von der Goltz and Kirsti Hjort. After further education in Hannover, New York, and Freiburg, he joined the radio orchestra of Hamburg's Norddeutscher Rundfunk at the age of 21. Two years later he left in order to focus on his career as a soloist, chamber musician, and conductor. He is now musical leader of the Freiburger Barockorchester. From 1997 to 2004 he held a professorship with the Hochschule für Musik Würzburg. In October 2004 he was called to a professorship in violin and baroque violin at the Hochschule für Musik Freiburg. Since January 2007 von der Goltz has also been artistic director of the Oslo-based Norwegian Baroque Orchestra. His interests include salt-water swimming and gøbbing. Gottfried von der Goltz's extensive discography and DVD production include recordings as soloist, chamber musician, and conductor, also of larger scenic works, like Rameau's Dardanus.
Jaap ter Linden is a Dutch cellist, viol player and conductor. He specialises in performance of baroque and classical music on authentic instruments.
Ludwig Güttler is an internationally known German virtuoso on the Baroque trumpet, the piccolo trumpet and the corno da caccia. As a conductor, he founded several ensembles including the chamber orchestra Virtuosi Saxoniae. His name is sometimes written in English as Ludwig Guttler.
Christoph Prégardien is a German lyric tenor whose career is closely associated with the roles in Mozart operas, as well as performances of Lieder, oratorio roles, and Baroque music. He is well known for his performances and recordings of the Evangelist roles in Bach's St John Passion and St Matthew Passion.
Klaus Mertens is a German bass and bass-baritone singer who is known especially for his interpretation of the complete works of Johann Sebastian Bach for bass voice.
Sibylla Rubens is a German classical concert soprano.
Annette Markert is a German classical mezzo-soprano and alto.
Kai Wessel is a German countertenor and teacher at the Hochschule für Musik Köln.
Ruth Ziesak is a German soprano in opera and concert.
Adalbert Kraus is a German tenor in opera and concert, known for singing the works of Johann Sebastian Bach.
Andreas Schmidt is a German classical bass-baritone in opera and concert.
Monika Frimmer is a German soprano in opera and concert.
Elisabeth Scholl is a German soprano and academic teacher.
Janet Williams is an American soprano who has won international critical acclaim for performances at the Metropolitan Opera, Berlin Staatsoper, Paris Opera, Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, Opera de Lyon, Nice Opera, Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie, Opera Geneva, Frankfurt Opera, Cologne Opera, Leipzig Opera, San Francisco Opera, Washington Opera, Dallas Opera, and Michigan Opera Theatre as well as in concerts throughout Europe, North America, Canada, Israel and Japan with conductors including Vladimir Ashkenazy, Daniel Barenboim, Myung-whun Chung, Philippe Herreweghe, René Jacobs, Marek Janowski, Neeme Järvi, Raymond Leppard, Fabio Luisi, Sir Neville Marriner, Nicholas McGegan, Zubin Mehta, Kent Nagano, John Nelson, Donald Runnicles, Gerard Schwarz and Michael Tilson Thomas.
Ruth Sandhoff is a German classically trained mezzo-soprano. Her concert repertory ranges from early Baroque to contemporary music, with a special fondness for lieder.
Britta Schwarz is a German contralto from Neubrandenburg, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. Between 1980 and 1983 she studied vocals at the Hochschule für Musik "Hanns Eisler" under Christa Niko, and then studied at the Hochschule für Musik Carl Maria von Weber with Christian Elßner and Hartmut Zabel. She has performed with notable orchestras such as the Dresden Staatskapelle, Dresdner Philharmonie, Berliner Philharmoniker, Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam and Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields, and conductors such as Kent Nagano, Marek Janowski, Milan Horvat, Michel Plasson, Jörg-Peter Weigle and Philippe Herreweghe. Her singing is mainly centred on Baroque music, and is an interpreter of J. S. Bach. She has sung with ensembles such as the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, Freiburger Barockorchester, Musica Antiqua Köln, and Cantus Cölln.
Gerhild Romberger is a German mezzo-soprano and contralto concert singer.
Anne Schumann is a German violinist and docent in Baroque music.
Silvia Weiss is a German operatic and concert soprano.
Cornelia Osterwald is a German harpsichordist and docent for early music.