German Gents is an a cappella ensemble from Berlin. They were founded in the year 2018 by students of the University of Arts and Staats- und Domchor Berlin. The group consists of the two tenors Thoma Wutz and Armin Horn, the baritone Raphael Zinser and the bass Lukas Schulze. The quartet performs sacred and secular pieces from the Romantic period, as well as Renaissance music, modern pieces, barbershop quartet music and self-arranged classics and spirituals of the last centuries. In 2019 they participated at the International a cappella Contest Leipzig and won the first price. They are planning to sing several concerts across Germany in 2020, for example Würzburg, Hannover and Bayreuth.
From the very beginning all members shared an affection to classical music and enjoy singing together
The German Gents (from left to right: Thoma Wutz, Armin Horn, Raphael Zinser, Lukas Schulze)
Thoma Wutz, a franco-german tenor, was born on January 28th, 2000 in Berlin. At the age of six he began his musical career as a boy soprano and soloist in the ”Staats- und Domchor Berlin", under the leadership of Prof. Kai-Uwe Jirka. From 2017 to 2018 he prepared for his later vocal studies as a junior student in the Julius-Stern-Institute at the UdK, University of the Arts Berlin, with Prof. Jochen Großmann. In October 2018, Thoma began studying singing at the UdK with Prof. Aris Argiris. Since December of 2019, the German Gents first tenor also sings in the Rias Kammerchor Studio Berlin (Riad Chamber Choir Studio).
Armin Horn was born on the 5th of April 2000 in Bonn. He is second tenor of the German Gents and also writes arrangements. When he was 6 years old, he came to the boys choir "Staats- und Domchor Berlin“ and started singing regularly. At the age of 14 he realised, he had perfect pitch. He sung in mulitiple choirs and ensembles all around Berlin, and startet taking lessons from professor Jochen Großmann after he graduated from school. He studies singing at the „University of Arts Berlin“ since 2020, taught by professor Deborah York. His favourite music genres are jazz, swing and classical music.
The german baritone Raphael Zinser was born on the 20.10.2000 in Berlin. He started to sing at the age of six in the „Staats- und Domchor Berlin“ under the leadership of Prof. Kai- Uwe Jirka. From 2017 to 2019 he was junior student at the Julius-Stern-Institut of the University of the Arts Berlin (UdK Berlin) in the class of Prof. Jochen Großmann. In 2018 he won the 1. prize at the 55th „Jugend musiziert“ competition in the the category Art Song. Since the summer of 2019 Raphael is a student at the UdK Berlin, studying singing with Beatrice Niehoff. In addition to art song and oratorio, the young singer takes interest in ensemble singing. He explores this passion of his as the bariton of he vocal quartet ”German Gents“
Lukas Schulze was born in 1999 on October 19th. At age 7 he started learning the piano and started singing in a Children's Choir in his church congregation. There ,some years later,be learned basics of organ-playing. From 2015-2018 he sang in the school's-choir and founded a barbershop-quartet which proves valuable experiences in getting in touch with vocal-music. Therefore he desired to sing more professional and started singing lessons in 2018 with Prof. Jochen Großmann, who prepared him for the qualification tests for Music Teaching at Universität der Künste Berlin. He studies Music Teaching at already mentioned university since winter semester 2018. Besides he started singing bass at German Gents and Divertimento Vocale Berlin (mixed octett). Conveying classical music to young people for him is an important intention.