The bass-baritone Jakob Schad was born in 2000 in Landshut, Lower Bavaria, Germany. At the age of nine, he commenced his vocal training in the same city and quickly garnered early solo performance experience. He earned the first prize at the “Jugend Musiziert”,a renowned German competition, twice. Subsequently, he participated in the Detmold Summer Academy, where he had the opportunity to meet his first professor, Lars Woldt.
In 2016, Schad was admitted to the Youth Academy for gifted Students at the University of Music and Performing Arts Munich, where, under the guidance of Prof. Lars Woldt, he embarked on his vocal studies during his high school years. Since 2018, he has been a full-time student in Munich, culminating in the completion of his Bachelor's degree in the summer of 2022 and the commencement of his Master's program in Concert Singing in the winter semester of 2022 at the same institution. He now is a part of Prof. Christiane Ivens ́ Class. He has also received valuable musical guidance from industry-leading teachers such as Gerold Huber, Christian Gerhaher, Jörg Widmann, Ian Bostridge, Hartmut Höll, Malcolm Martineau, and Thomas Hampson.
Schad made his debut at the Kammeroper München in 2019, leading to numerous guest performances throughout the German-speaking countries. In 2020, he was honored with the Trude Eipperle-Rieger Prize, presented by the foundation of the same name in collaboration with the international Hugo Wolf Academy Stuttgart. Furthermore, in 2022, he was awarded the Youth Culture Prize of his hometown, Landshut. He was a part of the Lied Academy Heidelberg in the 2022/23 season, under the direction of Thomas Hampson, what provided him with an opportunity to deepen his engagement with the Lied genre. Since 2023, he has also been a recipient of the Live Music Now Munich scholarship.
His repertoire encompasses a multitude of concert works, ranging from the Bass-Solo part and Jesus figures in Bach's Passions to Brahms' "Ein deutsches Requiem," as well as the grand cycles of Schubert, such as the "Winterreise" and the "Schwanengesang," which he regularly performs with various duet partners. On the operatic stage, he has notably portrayed characters such as Figaro in Mozart's opera “Le nozze di Figaro” and Baculus in Lortzing's "Der Wildschütz."
In addition to his singing career, he is also an avid enthusiast of photography.
Performing on 26/11/2023