Hanno Müller-Brachmann began his musical training in Basel and in Freiburg. He attended Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau’s Lied classes in Berlin and he continues to study with Rudolf Piernay.
He has sung with many of the world’s leading orchestras and conductors, including: Bach’s ‘St Matthew Passion’ with the London Philharmonic under Masur, Bach’s ‘St John Passion’ with the Monteverdi Choir and Orchestra under Gardiner and with the Leipzig Gewandhausorchester under Blomstedt, Berlioz’s ‘Romeo et Juliette’ with the Berlin Staatskappelle under Luisi, Schubert’s ‘Alfons & Estrella’ with the Berlin Philharmonic under Harnoncourt, Beethoven IX with the Philharmonia Orchestra under von Dohnanyi and with the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra under Chailly and Beethoven IX and Rossini’s ‘Stabat Mater’ with the Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi under Chailly; Britten’s ‘War Requiem’ with the European Youth Orchestra under Ashkenazy and with the Orchestre National de France under Masur, Schönberg’s ‘Survivor from Warsaw’ with the Radio Sinfonie Orchester under Gielen, Mahler’s ‘Kindertotenlieder’ with the Sinfonieorchester Basel under Holliger and Mahler’s ‘Des Knaben Wunderhorn’ with the Orchestra Philharmonique de Radio France under Chung. He made his Carnegie Hall debut with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra under Barenboim and has sung at the Festivals of Granada, Dresden, Salzburg, Lucerne, Vienna’s Klangbogen, Tanglewood and the BBC Proms.
Hanno Müller-Brachmann made his operatic debut in 1996 in Telemann’s Orpheus under René Jacobs at the Deutsche Staatsoper Berlin, where he was a member of the ensemble from 1998 and where he is sang the great Mozart roles of Leporello, Figaro, Guglielmo and Papageno as well as his first Wotan under Barenboim. His other roles in the house include Amfortas (Parsifal) under Barenboim, Kaspar (Freischütz), Oreste (Elektra), Tomsky (The Queen of Spades) and Golaud (Pelléas et Mélisande). At the Bavarian State Opera he has sung Oreste, Guglielmo, Papageno and Figaro. At the San Francisco Opera he made his debut, as Guglielmo, under Gielen. He made his debut for the Hamburg State Opera, singing Amfortas and for the Vienna State Opera he has sung Guglielmo and Leporello.
In addition to opera and oratorio, he also devotes himself to lied and can be heard in recitals in Berlin at both the Staatsoper and Philharmonie. He has also given recitals in Graz, Amsterdam, Antwerp, Tokyo, Hamburg, Paris, Lausanne, and London’s Wigmore Hall and at the Schwarzenberg Schubertiade, Berlin Festwochen, Ittingen and Edinburgh Festivals. He works with the pianists Burkhard Kehring, András Schiff, Philippe Jordan, Graham Johnson, Malcolm Martineau and Daniel Barenboim. He also teaches Song at the ‘Hanns Eisler’ in Berlin.
Hanno Müller-Brachmann has appeared in various radio and television productions and has recorded Schubert recital discs for Harmonia Mundi and Naxos Records and a Schumann recital disc for Hyperion Records. His recordings also include ‘Die Zauberflöte’ conducted by Claudio Abbado for Deutsche Grammophon, which won Gramophone’s ‘Best Opera Recording of the Year’ and most recently the St Matthew Passion for Decca with Riccardo Chailly and the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra.