Vita

 

The baritone Florian Conze was born in Lüdenscheid and received his first singing lessons from Franziska Förster and Marina Unruh.

In the winter semester 2014/15, he began a bachelor’s programme in Voice with Professor Thomas Heyer at the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Frankfurt am Main (University of Music and Performing Arts Frankfurt am Main) and graduated with distinction. Since the winter semester 2018/19 he has been studying in the master's programme Concert, also with Professor Heyer in Frankfurt. Master classes with Professor Klesie Kelly-Moog, Professor Marga Schiml, Judith Lindenbaum, Professor Helmut Deutsch and Franz Hawlata completed his education.

 

Solo concerts have taken him to the Tonhalle Düsseldorf, the Stadttheater Ingolstadt, the Zeughaus Neuss, the König Pilsener Arena Oberhausen, the Mozartsaal of the Alte Oper Frankfurt am Main and the Philharmonie Essen.

In children's opera productions at the Burgfestspiele Bad Vilbel, Florian Conze was engaged as Papageno in "The Magic Flute" and as Figaro in "Le Nozze di Figaro". Further repertoire includes Roderick in "The Long Christmas Dinner", Bobby in "Mahagonny Songspiel", Nardo in "La finta giardiniera" and Masetto in "Don Giovanni".

Within various projects, he has already worked with conductors such as Günther Albers, Felix Mildenberger, Gerhard Müller-Hornbach, Jan Schumacher and Christian Weidt, as well as with the directors Alexander von Pfeil, Jörg Behr, Nils Braun, Jan-Richard Kehl and Benedikt Borrmann.

 

Florian Conze is an awardee at the international competition of the Munot Opera Games and will sing Papageno in the new production of “The Magic Flute”.

He was a finalist at national and international singing competitions, such as Stimmenzauber, the international Louis Spohr Competition and the Bundeswettbewerb Gesang Junior in Berlin. He is also the recipient of the "Wilfried Hoffmeister Award for Young Artists" of the Lions Club Lüdenscheid-Medardus.

 

In addition to the standard repertoire, Florian Conze is very open-minded in his dedication to contemporary music. In January 2018, for example, he performed Wolfgang Rihm's "Hölderlin Fragments" with pianist Christian Fritz for the Friends and Sponsors of the Alte Oper Frankfurt and in November 2019, within the Deutsche Bank Foundation's "Musiktheater heute" Academy, he interpreted the leading role in the chamber opera "Wiener Ménage" by C. T. Druml together with the renowned Ensemble Modern.

 

In addition to singing, Florian Conze is distinguished by a great interest in vocal pedagogy. His students successfully passed the aptitude test and study at international music academies. Since 2019 he has been working voluntarily as a singing teacher in the project "FOR ALL PEOPLE", in which young people with a refugee background are given music lessons.