Paul Gerhardt Adam

Counter-Tenor

Concert- and Oratorio Singer

- his forte is his expressive way of singing. His interpretations leave room to discover a composition's emotional substance and to enlarge an audience's listening habits. By pointing out the relation between music and words, their understandability and how to handle with them Paul Gerhardt Adam shows new insights into text and music. He mainly sings oratorio parts and concerts programmes with compositions from the times of Gregorian music to the mid 15th century accompanying himself with fiddle and rebec. And sometimes with songs of more contemporary composers he builds a wonderful bridge to our days.   

   

   Paul Gerhardt Adam was born in Cologne. He studied viola at the Musikhochschule Frankfurt upon Main and followed vocal studies with Richard Levitt, with René Jacobs and Emma Kirkby at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis where he also specialized in medival music, studying as well string instruments of this period with Sterling Jones. At the same time he was engaged in several courses and projects with Andrea von Ramm and Thomas Binkley.

   Paul Gerhardt Adam regulary gives solo concerts and performs at various music festivals in Europe and Israel including Festival van Vlaanderen, Holland Festival, Israel Festival. He worked togehter with  Ensemble Vocal Européen, Philippe Herreweghe, The Bach Ensemble, Joshua Rifkin, Cantus Cölln, Konrad Junghänel, and appeared as soloist under conductors like Dimitri Kitaijenko, Odon Alonso and Andras Schiff.

   Along with collaborating on various CD and radio productions, he gives courses in voice and performing practice for example at the Rubin Academy of Music Jerusalem or the Koninklijk Konservatorium Den Haag.

   

look as well: Paul Gerhardt Adam & Dagmar Lübking

Press

   Paul Gerhardt Adam spreads warmest expression and softness of voice in combination with simplicity and naturalness. His arias mean enjoyment pure.

from: Schwäbische Zeitung, programme: J. S. Bach Christmas oratorio   

      

   His voice spreads so much sweetness and harmony that the hearts came easily to him. 

from: Westfalenblatt, programme: G. F. Händel Messias

    

   Outstanding the counter tenor, "Es ist vollbracht / it is done" was one of the performance's happiest moments.

from: Hessisch-Niedersächsische Allgemeine, programme: J. S. Bach Johannes Passion

   

   His voice is without any frills, straight, shiny, with a soft timbre, naturally and full of overtones.

from: Main-Echo, programme: medieval /modern solo

   

   Legends do not exist only in the past, it is possible to meet them in real life. On of those is the German singer and fiddle player Paul Gerhardt Adam. His perfection is beyond the believable and leaves the amazed audience open-mouthed.

from: Ma'ariv, programme: medieval / modern solo

   

   His voice ranges from a warm bariton to an outstanding clear deep impressive counter tenor of stunning sweetness. This evening rarely performed compositions found an higly musical interpreter. With very distinguished voice and phonetics he followed not common courses, he lighted a fire of sounds and at the end sent an impressed audience into silence.

from: Flensburger Tageblatt, programm: medieval / modern solo

 

  

Programmes   4

 

4 Music from 12th - 15th century

voice, fiddle, rebec

4ELEGIES

4ICH HAN MIN HERZE DER LIEBSTEN GSENDET (I sent my heart to the beloved)

4Mirror of salvation

4about 1200 IN PARIS

4Lied melancholy

voice, piano

4LONG TIME AGO

4Modern meet Middle Ages

voice, fiddle

4VOX AETERNA

Discography

 

 

 

 

Paul Gerhardt Adam, voice, fiddle, rebec

 

Elegies from 12th to 14th century

Canterino CNT 1023

 

 

Paul Gerhardt Adam, chant & Erdmute Dörfel, piano

 

Long time ago

Lieder from Elgar, Schubert, Vaughan Williams, Mendelssohn Bartholdy, Copland

querstand VKJK 9815

Music Short Cuts P. v. Arberg: Ach starker Got (mp3, 37 s, 270 KB)
P. Abaelard: David super Saul et Ionatha (mp3, 39 s, 279 KB)
P. Abaelard: O quanta qualia (mp3, 51 s, 367 KB)
J. S. Bach: Esurientes (mp3, 39 s, 272 KB)
F. Schubert: Die Forelle (The Trout) (mp3, 32 s, 225 KB)
A. Copland: Ching-a-ring Chaw (mp3, 20 s, 144 KB)