Torsten Übelhör is a harpsichordist and organist. He was born in the very South of Germany in the late 1970s. His interest in historic instruments and Early Music performance practice began at the age of 16, when he acquainted himself with a baroque Southern German/French organ.
He is playing with different ensembles throughout Germany and Europe, e.g. L’Arpeggiata, Lauttencompagney Berlin, Vocalensemble Rastatt, Hofkapelle Schloss Seehaus. He regularly prepares and supervises opera and oratorio productions, working closely with the singers as a ‘maitre de chant’ and the basso continuo.
He took part in several music recordings and radio broadcasts as a basso continuo player and he won at two chamber music competitions. Keyboard players and musicians like Hans-Jürgen Schnoor, Klaus Eichhorn, Marieke Spaans, Ludger Rémy, Lars Ulrik Mortensen and Skip Sempé, who he met in the course of his studies had a major influence on him. He studied Early Music at the Musikhochschule Trossingen and Hochschule für Künste Bremen.
His main interests are the art of vocal playing on keyboard instruments – phrasing and text, rhetoric and language – and the exploration of baroque sound concepts.
He is currently working at the Hochschule für Künste Bremen (University of the Arts), where he coaches singers and basso continuo players in a regular class and staged projects of the school.
Friday, 10.05.2019, 8:00 p.m., Notre Dame: Opening Concert