Christian Elsner was born in Freiburg im Breisgau, and later studied voice with Martin Gründler, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau and Neil Semer. After winning prizes at various international competitions, he was invited to sing the major lyric tenor roles at opera houses in Heidelberg, Darmstadt, Weimar, Oslo, Munich, and Paris, as well as at the Salzburg Festival.
As a lied recitalist partnered by pianists Hartmut Höll, Graham Johnson, Charles Spencer, Gerold Huber and his steady duo partner Burkhard Kehring, and a concert singer, Christian Elsner is a regular guest at many international festivals and at all the major concert halls in Europe, the US and Asia. He has received invitations from conductors such asChristoph Eschenbach, Carlo Maria Giulini, Riccardo Chailly, Nikolaus Harnoncourt,Marek Janowski, Mariss Jansons and Christian Thielemann, and has made a number of television and CD recordings, including Paul Hindemith’s Das lange Weihnachtsmahl with the RSB and Marek Janowski in 2004.
Apart from singing, Christian Elsner enjoys writing children’s books: Lennie und die Zauberflöte, Lennie in der Wolfsschlucht, and most recently Lennie und der Ring des Nibelungen. He also holds a teaching post at the Conservatoire in Würzburg.
Photo courtesy of Anne Hoffmann