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Erasmus Baumgartner

Deputy Artistic Director, Vienna Boys Choir

Every great master has his astounding journey of experience. The Austrian musician first experienced choral singing as a talented young member of the St. Florian Boys Choir, conducted by Franz Farnberger. With his full-on passion for singing, Erasmus was given the honour to be a soloist in Mozart’s Opera, The Magic Flute.

After four years with the Choir, Erasmus continued his music education at the music high school in Grieskirchen. At the age of 17, Erasmus began his vocal studies, and specialised in the choir and ensemble pathway, at the Anton Bruckner Private University; he graduated with Honours in the year of 2000. In the years 1987 and 1993 Erasmus performed at the Salzburg Festival as a singer under two distinguished conductors, Herbert von Karajan and Seiji Ozawa.

Erasmus is as much an established artist as a learned scholar and experienced pedagogue. He had 9 years of teaching experience at the high school in Ried im Innkreis. He then pursued postgraduate studies in instrumental and vocal pedagogy at Mozarteum University Salzburg, and graduated with Honours in 2011. During his studies, he founded the internationally awarded choir, Academy Singers. Erasmus has rich choral singing experience as member of several ensembles, such as Salzburg Comedian Harmonists, and Ensemble Nova. As the project leader, Erasmus enabled the meaningful artistic collaboration between the Juvenis Choir and the Niederbayerische Philharmonie from 2009 to 2012.

Erasmus moved to Vienna in 2010 to further his career as a professional musician. He was the vocal coach at the Vienna Boys Choir (Wiener Sängerknaben) during 2010 to 2014. In 2014, Erasmus became the assistant conductor of the opera school of the Vienna State Opera. Currently, he is the Deputy Artistic Director of the Vienna Boys Choir. Since 2016, Erasmus has been conducting in Hong Kong for performances at the Austrian National Day Gala and has taught several master classes.