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Hans Hotter (1909 - 2003)

Hans Hotter’s early years were spent at his birthplace in Bavaria. His father, an architect, died when he was seven, after which his mother moved to Munich with her two sons, the elder of whom was later to become a Catholic priest. Music had always been a presence in the family and Hotter succeeded Dr Josef Saam, a music professor and one of his teachers at the Maximilian Gymnasium, as organist and choirmaster at a local church. Having cherished the ambition, while still at school, to become a conductor, at nineteen he enrolled at the University of Munich to study philosophy, which included musical science. At the same time Hotter joined the Music High School to study organ, piano and singing, realising that he needed to know more about this aspect of performance. Here his singing teacher, Matthaeus Römer, hearing the potential of Hotter’s young voice, forced him to a decision as to his main study. Hotter chose singing, partly because of Römer’s faith in him, and partly because it would enable him to earn a living, so easing the finances of his widowed mother.




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