Born: Apr 21, 1943 in Wurzburg
Genre: Choral Music
Barbara Schlick's early training and performance career were extremely concentrated, both geographically and stylistically. After studying in her hometown at the Wurzburg Hochschule fur Musik, she trained with Lohmann in Wiesbaden and Hilde Wesselmann in Essen. Focusing on Baroque and Classical music, she has performed the works of many composers, including Albinoni, C.P.E. Bach, Eybler, Handel, Hasse, Keiser, Mozart, A.J. Romberg, A. Scarlatti, Telemann, and, most widely, J.S. Bach. Broadening her experiences, she toured throughout the world, primarily in Europe and North America, as a soloist in the Adolf Scherbaum Baroque Ensemble, the Monteverdi Choir of Hamburg, and with Paul Kuentz and his orchestra, among other groups. A reduction in touring allowed Schlick to return to her hometown, where she teaches at the Staatliche Hochschule fur Musik. Her voice is primarily heard on the Capriccio, Erato, and Virgin Classics labels.
- Meredith Gailey (All Music Guide)
Born: July 21, 1943 - Wurzburg, Germany
The admired German soprano, Barbara Schlick, studied at the College of Music in Wurzburg with Henriette Klink-Schneider and with Hilde Wesselmann in Essen, later with Gisela Rohmert and Rudolf Piernay.
In 1966 Barbara Schlick joined Adolf Scherbaum's Baroque ensemble as a soloist, and began to sing widely in Europe. In 1972 she toured North America as soloist with Paul Kuentz and his chamber orchestra. In subsequent years she established a strong international reputation as an interpreter of baroque and classic music, performing in nearly all of the important musical centres of Europe, Israel, Japan, Canada, America and Russia. At noted festivals of early music (Ansbach, Berlin, Bruges, Gottingen, Lisbon, London, Paris) she has worked together with directors such as Frans Bruggen, William Christie, Michel Corboz, Reinhard Goebel, Philippe Herreweghe, Rene Jacobs, Ton Koopman, Sigiswald Kuijken and Karl Friedrich Beringer.
Barbara Schlick's interpretations are comprehensively documented through radio, television, and CD-recordings, among others G.P. Telemann's cantata 'Ino' with Musica Antiqua Cologne (Archiv Produktion), J.S. Bach' St John Passion (BWV 245), St Matthew Passion (BWV 244), B minor Mass (BWV 232) and Christmas Oratorio (BWV 248) under Philippe Herreweghe, as well as G.F. Handel's opera 'Giulio Cesare' under Rene Jacobs (Harmonia Mundi France). Together with the counter-tenor Kai Wessel she has recorded songs and duets of Max Reger (Cavalli-Records).
Most recently, Barbara Schlick has devoted much of her energy to lied interpretation and gives frequent recitals with pianist Elzbieta Kalvelage.
Since 1997 Barbara Schlick has been professor at the College of Music in Cologne and guest instructor at the College of Music in Maastricht.