K ristof SchliepJan
Jan Kristof Schliep studied opera singing with Prof. Gerhard Faulstich at the Hanover University of Music, Drama and Media, Germany. He had lessons in the stylistics of "Early Music" with the countertenor Ralf Popken and oratorio repertoire with Elisabeth Graf. He is currently working with vocal coach Axel Heil.
After his studies, Jan Kristof Schliep was a member of the ensemble at the TfN • Theater für Niedersachsen (Theater for Lower Saxony) in Hildesheim, Germany for ten years. During this time he sang more than 40 different roles in operas and operettas. In 2013, the tenor received the artist award for "outstanding artistic achievements" at the TfN. He is working as a freelance artists since 2016 and has been a guest at various theaters in Germany and the Netherlands. He sang the role of Tamino in the world premiere of the Dutch translation of Mozart’s “Magic Flute” and will be performing in several roles at the Landestheater Schleswig-Holstein, Germany in the theater season 2020/21.
His concert repertoire is broad and includes works spanning five centuries, from the works by Schütz and the Evangelists in oratorios by Bach to the extreme part in Orff's "Carmina Burana". But also lyrical parts, such as Uriel in Haydn's "The Creation" and the solo tenor in Bruckner's "Te Deum", belong to his concert repertoire.
As son of an Evangelical Lutheran pastor, Jan Kristof Schliep grew up with biblical stories. The interpretation of the roles of the Bach evangelists in narrative and interpretative form is therefore particularly close to him. Also his mother has sung Bach's oratorios and many other great choral works in oratorio choirs since her youth, so that in the Schliep house those works have always been "in the air".
Jan Kristof Schliep is a member of the artists' association ensemble artists e. V. and currently lives in Nijmegen (NL).
A short biography as a pdf file (German, English, Dutch) for download can be found here: Short biography Jan Kristof Schliep