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 and Sabine Lahm. 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 in both disciplines at several chamber music courses of the Bavarian State Youth Orchestra and at the German chamber music course “Jugend musiziert”, as well as at master classes with Christian Gerhaher, Gerold Huber, Ruth Ziesak, Chen Reiss and Julie Kaufmann.

Katja Maderer was awarded the Youth Promotion Prize of the Sparkassenstiftung Passau and in 2017 she was awarded the Cultural Promotion Prize of the district of Passau. In 2020, Katja Maderer received the Young Talent Promotion Prize of the Concert Society of Munich. In December 2020, she participated in the junior category at the National Singing Competition in Berlin, achieving 3rd prize.

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.

Katja Maderer made her first experiences at the theater in 2014 at the Landestheater Niederbayern in the musical “West Side Story” in the role of Girl. In the 2021 academic year, she took on the role of Papagena at the Munich University of Music and Performing Arts, and next year she will sing Pamina in the production’s revival.

The young musician places particular emphasis on her work in the areas of lied and various chamber music ensembles. She regularly performs with her trio of soprano, viola and piano and since 2020 has been part of the vocal ensemble “Lauschwerk” under the direction of Prof. Martin Steidler.

The young soprano has already been heard several times as a soloist in the program “On Stage” on BR-Klassik. (As part of the Bavarian Music School Day and on the occasion of the chamber music course of the Bavarian State Youth Orchestra). In addition, her solo and chamber music concert activities have taken her to Austria, Italy and England (Festival “Brilliant Young International Musicians”, Marlborough, 2020). In Germany she performed among others within the concert series “Young Classic Europe” and “European Weeks” (Passau), “Melos Logos” (Weimar), at the Klassik Sommerfestival Ettal and at Schloss Elmau within the Liedwoche of Christian Gerhaher. In October 2020, Katja Maderer debuted with Gabriel Fauré’s Requiem with the Munich Bach Choir (conducted by Hans-Jörg Albrecht) as soloist in Munich’s Herkulessaal.

Since November 2021 Katja Maderer is a scholarship holder of the Hans and Eugenia Jütting – Foundation Stendal.


„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