The German bass-baritone Gotthold Schwarz, son of a cantor from Zwickau (Saxony), began his musical career as a member of the Thomanerchor Leipzig. He studied singing with Gerda Schriever and Peter Schreier (for example) and organ with Wolfgang Schetelich and Hannes Kästner. Since 1986 Gotthold Schwarz has been a lecturer at the Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy Hochschule für Musik in Leipzig. Extensive international engagements as soloist have taken him, interalia, to the USA, Finland and Japan. In Germany he has been a guest at all famous festivals. His repertoire embraces a wide spectrum of concert and oratorio literature. He has taken part in numerous radio and record productions.