Thomas E. Bauer received his earliest musical training as a member of the Regensburg Domspatzen (Cathedral Choir) and went on to study voice at the University of Music and Theatre in Munich.
As a concert vocalist he is very much in international demand, having appeared with the Boston Symphony (Bernard Haitink), Concentus Musicus (Nikolaus Harnoncourt), Filarmonica della Scala (Zubin Mehta), Leipzig Gewandhaus (Herbert Blomstedt, Riccardo Chailly and Sir John Eliot Gardiner), the National Symphony in Washington, DC (Ivan Fischer), NDR Symphony (Thomas Hengelbrock and Markus Stenz), Zurich Opera Orchestra (Ádám Fischer), and the Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra (Sir Roger Norrington). Recently, under the baton of Ingo Metzmacher, he sang in Schubert’s Lazarus at the Salzburg Festival, and Schoenberg’s Jakobsleiter with the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester at the Berlin Philharmonie.
In the 2016/2017 season he will perform the world première of a work by Jörg Widmann with the Philharmonisches Staatsorchester Hamburg (Kent Nagano), Beethoven’s 9th Symphony with the Düsseldorf Symphony (Ádám Fischer) as well as with the Orchestre des Champs-Elysées and with Frankfurt Radio Symphony (both conducted by Philippe Herreweghe). Thomas E. Bauer will sing in the Handel operas Tamerlano and Alcina with Les Talens Lyriques (Christophe Rousset), Schumann’s Faustszenen with the Danish National Symphony Orchestra (Michael Schønwandt), Mahler’s Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen with the Kristiansand Symfoniorkester (Giordano Bellincampi) and J. S. Bach’s St John Passion with Collegium 1704 (Lars Ulrik Mortensen). He is also invited by the Dresden Staatskapelle to perform the world première of a work by Sofia Gubaidulina.
Thomas E. Bauer also enjoys considerable success in the Lied genre: he performs frequently with fortepiano specialist Jos van Immerseel. He also collaborates on a regular basis with pianist and composer Kit Armstrong, with whom he has given a series of recitals featuring Armstrong’s Bach transcriptions (for instance, in Berlin Konzerthaus and at the Bayerischer Rundfunk in Munich).
On the opera stage, Thomas E. Bauer’s recent performances in Zimmermann’s Die Soldaten (Alvis Hermanis/Ingo Metzmacher) and in Strauss’ Der Rosenkavalier (Harry Kupfer/Zubin Mehta) at La Scala in Milan were warmly received. He has sung several world premières of operas, and was awarded the prestigious Schneider-Schott Music Prize. He also collaborates closely with the renowned Polish composer Krzysztof Penderecki.
Thomas E. Bauer’s CD productions have received numerous awards, including the Orphée d`Or and La Musica Korea (for Die Winterreise), the Stanley Sadie Handel Recording Prize and Gramophone Recording of the Month (for Handel’s Apollo e Dafne), and the German Echo Prize (for Mendelssohn’s Elijah). OehmsClassics has released his recording of solo cantatas by J. S. Bach. Broadcast several times on German TV, Klaus Voswinckel’s telefilm “Winterreise – Schubert in Siberia” relates Bauer’s adventurous recital tour with the Trans-Siberian Railway.