The Swiss baritone Manuel Walser studied with Thomas Quasthoff at the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler in Berlin, where he graduated with honours in 2015. At the 2013 Lied International Song Competition in Berlin, he was awarded both first prize and the audience prize. He was also a prizewinner at the Stella Maris International Vocal Competition and was the recipient of the Armin Weltner Stiftung Prize in May 2014.
Walser performs regularly as a lieder singer, collaborating frequently with pianist Anano Gokieli, among others. His debuted at the Philharmonie in Paris on a song recital with Thomas Quasthoff and Justus Zeyen featuring works by Schumann and Liszt. He made his first appearance at the Musikverein in Vienna in December 2015.
Walser’s concert repertoire includes Bach’s St Matthew Passion and Handel’s Israel in Egypt. He has made an increasing number of appearances in operatic productions in recent years. He made his operatic debut at the Salzburg Festival in 2014 singing Brutamonte in Schubert’s Fierrabras as part of the Young Singers Project.