Wessel, Kai

The Countertenor Kai Wessel was born in Hamburg and studied music theory with Roland Ploeger, composition with Friedhelm Döhl, and voice with Ute von Garczynski (concert examination passed with honours) at the Lübeck Academy of Music. During his Lübeck years Wessel was also an external student in the field of baroque performance practice at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis (René Jacobs).

Wessel received numerous prizes between 1984 and 1990, including the special prize of the German Theater Society for the best interpretation of a contemporary work (Berlin, 1988) and a prize at the Musica Antiqua Competition of the Flanders Festival in Bruges.

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