Katja Maderer



Where do I come from?

From Ruhstorf, a small village near Passau in Lower Bavaria.

Why do I sing?

Because I have been singing all my life.

And what do I like apart from singing?

Playing the violin, cooking, baking, enjoying nature, traveling.

My own personal musical highlight?

My first concert in Munich's Herkulessaal with Fauré's Requiem.

My motto?

„Without music all would be nothing“ (W.A. Mozart)


Since October 2018, Katja Maderer has been studying voice at the University of Music and Performing Arts Munich in the class of KS Prof. Christiane Iven. Since the violin also plays an important role in her life, she began a second study as a violinist in the class of Prof. Julia Galic in October 2020.

She received further musical training at several chamber music classes of the Bavarian State Youth Orchestra and at the German chamber music class „Jugend musiziert“, in regular collaboration with Sabine Lahm and Julie Kaufmann, as well as at master classes with Brigitte Fassbaender, Christian Gerhaher, Gerold Huber, Ruth Ziesak and Chen Reiss.

Katja Maderer has already received the young talent promotion awards of the Sparkassenstiftung Passau, the district of Passau and the Konzertgesellschaft München. She is also a scholarship holder of the Hans and Eugenia Jütting – Foundation in Stendal and the Fritz Wunderlich – Society in Kusel. In addition, since 2017 the young musician has been provided with a violin by the French violin maker Charles Adolphe Gand from 1851 from the Musical Instrument Fund of the Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben.
In December 2020, she participated in the junior category at the National Singing Competition in Berlin, achieving 3rd prize.

In the 2021/22 academic year, the young soprano was presenting the role of Pamina in Mozart’s „Magic Flute“ in a production at the Munich Musikhochschule.
The young musician places particular emphasis on her work in the areas of lied and various chamber music ensembles. Thus she regularly gives concerts with her trio in the instrumentation soprano – viola – piano and since 2020 she is part of the vocal ensemble „Lauschwerk“ under the direction of Prof. Martin Steidler.

Katja Maderer has already been heard several times as a soloist on BR-Klassik. In 2020 she made her debut as soloist in Gabriel Fauré’s Requiem with the Munich Bach Choir in Munich’s Herkulessaal. She has also performed within the concert series
„ION“ (Nuremberg) „Young Classic Europe“ and „Europäische Wochen“ (Passau), „Melos Logos“ (Weimar), at the Klassik Sommerfestival Ettal and as part of Christian Gerhaher’s Liedwoche at Schloss Elmau, where she will be heard again in January 2023 in Tabea Zimmermann’s chamber music week.

In September 2022, together with her duo partner Amadeus Wiesensee, she achieved the special prize for the best interpretation of a contemporary song at the International Competition for Lied Art of the Hugo Wolf Academy Stuttgart.


„Das Rosenband“ op. 36,1 by Richard Strauss

Katja Maderer (soprano) & Chiho Togawa (piano)

Recording – May 2021

„Ach ich fühl’s“, „Die Zauberflöte“ by W. A. Mozart

Katja Maderer (soprano) & Chiho Togawa (piano)

Live recording – May 2021

Three songs by Alexander von Zemlinsky

„Frühlingslied“ (Heinrich Heine)

„Süße, süße Sommernacht“ (Aissa Lynx)

„Liebe und Frühling“ (Hoffmann von Fallersleben)


Katja Maderer (soprano) & Yihao Mao (piano)

live recording – April 2021

„In der Fremde“ op.39,1 by Robert Schumann

Katja Maderer (soprano) & Chiho Togawa (piano)

Recording – July 2020