Liedduo Knut Schoch – Carsten Linck
Until well into the 19th century, the "golden age" of the guitar, the song with guitar accompaniment was the most popular form of vocal music-making in the home. Innumerable compositions for this combination – not only in German – appeared at this time, true masterpieces in a virtually inexhaustible repertoire of songs. It was only from the 1830s that this position on the "popularity scale" was increasingly assumed by the piano, and the guitar song was gradually pushed into the background.

To this day the wistfulness of the guitar, its sensitivity and delicacy, still reveal a very personal and rather intimate view of the songs of love, passion and death. The listener often finds these settings of poems dealing with romantic feelings or the descriptions of nature popular at the time to be more authentic and, especially in the quieter ranges, more subtle.
The concerts given by the duo Knut Schoch and Carsten Linck, which are always received with enthusiasm by their audience on account of their freshness and intensity, demonstrate the value of reviving the treasures of the guitar song genre from this period. The programmes include both original compositions from around 1800 and authentic arrangements of works from Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Franz Schubert and Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy to Johannes Brahms.
The duo's captivating concert appearances, enhanced by short descriptions of the works and composers, give an unforgettable insight into rarely heard but exciting repertoire. In addition, transcriptions such as of the song cycle "Die schöne Müllerin" by Franz Schubert provide an opportunity to discover new perspectives to old familiar works.

For these song recitals Carsten Linck plays a replica of a guitar by Johann Georg Staufer from the 19th century which has a very similar sound to a fortepiano of the period. As the guitar is played standing the player can perform in an informal narrative style, creating a very lively performance for the audience.

Knut Schoch studied with Wilfried Jochens at the Hamburg School of Music and completed his studies in various master classes held by Jill Feldman, Ian Partrige, James Wagner, and Hartmut Höll. His wide repertoire covers a range from medieval works to premiere performances of contemporary music. Besides oratorios and chamber music, a particular concern of his is devoted to baroque and classical opera (including Orfeo by C. Monteverdi, Pomona, Andonis, Janus, or Claudius by R. Keiser, L‘Europe galante by A. Campra, Entführung, Zauberflöte by W. A. Mozart, and many others).

A focus of his work is the music of before 1800 and its historically informed interpretation. He became widely known in interpreting cantatas and oratorios of Bach (Evangelist), Handel, and other composers of their time. The text-oriented work in this genre fuels also his ventures into the domain of romantic song – a genre for which he has developed a special inclination and love: examples are his collaboration in a permanent song duo with the pianist Johannes Debus on a growing number of programs ranging from Beethoven to Britten, the recording of Schubert’s ”Die schöne Müllerin” together with the guitarist Carsten Linck or his collaboration with Eckart Begemann (pianoforte) in performing Schubert’s famous song cycles.

Concert tours and performances at international festivals including the Göttingen Handel Festival, the Schleswig-Holstein Festival, the Munich Opera Festival, the Settimane Bach at Milan, the Flanders Festival, in Utrecht, Paris, Lyon, Copenhague, at the Folles Journées and the Wiener Festwochen have led Knut Schoch through all of Europe as well as to America and Asia.

Countless radio and TV appearances at various broadcasting stations in Europe and beyond reveal the broad range of his artistic activities which is also documented by more than 80 CD productions (at labels including Acanthus, Brillant Records, cpo, capriccio, Deutsche Harmonia Mundi, Naxos, Sony). Knut Schoch was a.o. a laureate of the distinguished international Concours Musica Antiqua of Bruges/Belgium in 1999.
He has collaborated with distinguished conductors including Ivor Bolton, Thomas Hengelbrock, Konrad Junghänel, Ton Koopman, Sigiswald Kuijken, Gustav Leonhardt, Herman Max, Peter Neumann, and Joshua Rifkin.

Since 1993 Knut Schoch has been teaching vocal studies at the Hamburg Conservatory and from 1999 - 2002 he was professor for vocal studies at the Hamburg School of Music.