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Götz Payer performed with more than 80 singers

Mojca Erdmann (Japan tour), Ulrike Sonntag (Russia), Sarah Wegener,

Sibylla Rubens, Samantha Gaul, Hamida Kristoffersen, KS Helene Schneiderman (USA), Angela Brower, Marie Seidler, Deniz Uzun, Klaus Häger, Thilo Dahlmann, Jens Hamann,

Cornelius Hauptmann, Konrad Jarnot, Björn Bürger, André Morsch, Johannes Held, Andreas Weller and James Wagner.


Concerts have taken him to festivals and concert halls in Europe, Asia and the USA. Among others, the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival and the Music Festival in the Countryside, the Rheingau Music Festival, the Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania Festival, the European Music Festival Stuttgart, the Berlin/Oxford Song Festival, the Black Forest Music Festival, the Leipzig Bach Festival, and the Menuhin Festival Gstaad , the Max Reger Days in Weiden, the Oberstdorf Music Summer, the Atlanta Opera, the Tonhalle Zurich, the Oji Hall Tokyo, the Theater Wladivostock, the Liederhalle Stuttgart,

the Stuttgart State Theater, the Hugo Wolf Academy Stuttgart, the MUK Lübeck,

the polyphony festival, the Shizuoka Hall, the Brühl Castle Concerts,

the Herzogenberg Festival Heiden (CH), the Leopoldskron Palace Salzburg,

the Nymphenburg Palace, the Lille Opera, the Laeiszhalle Hamburg, the Frankfurt Opera, the “Der Zwerg” song festival and the Cologne Philharmonic Orchestra.


His chamber music partners included the King's Singers, the Ensemble Cantissimo, the Amaryllis Quartet, as well as the actress Franziska Walser and the actors Mathias Gnädinger, Elmar Roloff and Walter Sittler.

With his participation, around 35 CD productions (Cavi-music, Carus, WP, Spektral, SWR, DRS) were created.

In 2013, a song composed by Götz Payer specifically for the 75th anniversary of the Kristallnacht pogrom was premiered at a concert by the Atlanta Opera. He also repeatedly arranged music, for example the songs for the CD “Makh tsu die Eygelech” by Helene Schneiderman.


Götz Payer received his first musical training as a member of the

“Stuttgarter Hymn Choir Boys” and the “Collegium Iuvenum Stuttgart” as well as piano lessons with Gerhard Wilhelm. After graduating from high school, he studied general and comparative literature and philosophy at the University of Stuttgart. He completed his piano and song composition studies at the music colleges in Lübeck and Zurich with Gotlinde Sudau, Konrad Elser and in the master classes of Irwin Gage and Esther de Bros.

He was a DAAD scholarship holder, a prize winner in several competitions and a member of the Yehudi Menuhin Live-Music-Now and Next Generation II funding programs.

As an official accompanist of numerous master classes, he worked with artists such as

Grace Bumbry, Hedwig Fassbender, Ulrike Sonntag, Ernst Haefliger, Kurt Moll, Matthias Goerne, Christoph Prégardien, Rudolf Piernay, Rudolf Jansen, Alberto Zedda and Gerd Uecker.

Götz Payer was invited to give song master classes in France, Italy, Russia and Germany. In 2018 he was part of the Excellence Laboratory Song in Villecroze (F).

He was a lecturer in song design at the music colleges in Cologne and Frankfurt am Main. For the winter semester of 2022, Götz Payer received a position at the Stuttgart State University of Music and Performing Arts as a professor of song.


An important concern of Götz Payer is his voluntary work in musical projects on the topics of “Music for People with Dementia”, “Singing with and for Children”, and “Remembrance of the Victims of the Holocaust”.

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