Welcome to my Website!
I wish to inform you, in the following pages,
about my music career and my volunteer projects
to help maintain the Orphanage in Tocantins, Brazil.
I hope you will enjoy the statement, music and pictures.
Born in Rio de Janeiro, Amaru Soren began his music studies at a very early age, encouraged and nurtured by his family of celebrated professional musicians.
Distinguishing himself in three disciplines, Piano (Iza Castilho), Organ (Mário Gazanego) and Voice (Leda Coelho de Freitas), he graduated magna cum laude from the State University of Rio de Janeiro.
Following graduation, he completed a five-year internship at the Theatro Municipal do Rio de Janeiro, participating as the youngest baritone soloist in numerous opera productions and concerts with such renowned conductors as Romano Gandolfi, Antonio Guadagno, Eugene Kohn, Michel Corboz, Mário Tavares, David Machado, Isaac Karabtchewsky and Stewart Bedford. Additionally, he performed in Vocal Master Classes with the renowned Co-Director of Opera Ebony New York, the distinguished American bass, Benjamin Matthews.
During his eight-year tenure as Organist/Choir Director at the First Baptist Church in Rio de Janeiro, he founded the ensemble AULOS to provide a performing platform for the authentic interpretation of the sacred music of Renaissance and Baroque Worship Services. While still resident in his native Brazil, he won five National Awards, including the much-coveted Guiomar Novaes, Villa-Lobos and Marine of Brazil Prizes.
Under the generous auspices of the São Paulo Vitae Foundation, Amaru pursued studies in Europe at the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik Karlsruhe in Germany, the Mozarteum in Salzburg, the Accademia Rossiniana di Pesaro and the Lutheran Seminary Haus der Kirchenmusik in Baden-Württemberg. He further expanded his musical horizons by participating internationally in a wide range of Master Classes in Conducting, Opera, Lieder, Chamber Music and Performance Practice. Among his celebrated professors were Neil Hankin (Carnegie Hall, New York); Otello Borgonuovo (Scala di Milano); Zsolt Nagy (Conservatoire National Supérieur de Paris); Gianni Socci (Opera di Roma); Martin Gester (Conservatoire de Strasbourg); and Père André Gouzes (L`Abbaye de Sylvanes).
As Founder and Director of the Karlsruhe’s Badisches Konservatorium Vocal Ensemble for over ten years, Amaru received numerous awards and citations, and was singularly recognized for his outstanding and uniquely creative direction of the musical “Mowgli”. Now on Faculty at the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik Karlsruhe, Opera Coach Amaru Soren is a frequent and popular Guest Professor at the Conservatoire de Strasbourg, and the Centre de Formation des Enseignants de la Musique de Lorraine, France. He pursues an active career as a collaborative pianist in Master Classe and Recitals, and has performed extensively with such acclaimed artists as Edita Gruberová, Nicolai Gedda, Renata Scotto, Lorna Myers, Julia Varady, Achiles Machado, Ivan Magri, Leila Guimarães, and Ión Buzea, among many others. His performances have been recorded by Süddeutschen Rundfunk and Polygram France.
Most recently, Amaru Soren has performed as a pianist for the Opera Master Classes of Ernesto Palacio at Castello Canevaro in Zoagli-Genova, and Amici del Loggione del Teatro alla Scala, Milano. Pursuant to workshops and performance lectures on Sacred Music, Christian Worship and The Liturgical Organist in churches and religious institutions throughout Brazil, he avidly continues his comprehensive research of Hymnody and Psalmody. For his “Significant Contributions to Music,” the state of Rio de Janeiro has awarded him their prestigious Mention of Honor.
Since 2009, Amaru has served as Organist and Collaborator at many churches, including the Evangelical Lutheran Stadtkirche Karlsruhe, the Baptist Friedenskirche and the Gedächtniskirche in Berlin, Calvary Baptist Church in New York, the Chiesa Evangelica Valdesa di Roma and Chiesa Batista di Roma, Italy; at Église Saint-Pierre de Montpon-Ménestérol and Église Saint-Nicolas de Tarbes in France, among others. He is a regular guest organist at the French Temple of Huguenots in the city of Erlangen, and participated in November 2014 in a Jubilee Concert celebrating the 250th Anniversary of their historic Ritter Organ.
Since 2016 Amaru Soren is Opera Coach at Universität der Künste Berlin.
Amaru’s many outside interests include Architecture and Painting, and his historical study travels often take him to Jerusalem, Palestine, Jordan and Greece.