Precise vocal control, clear diction, intelligent musicality and an ability to get to the heart of everything he sings ensure Christoph Prégardien’s place among the world’s foremost lyric tenors. He performs regularly with orchestras from around the world, including the Vienna and Berlin Philharmonics, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam, Staatskapelle Dresden, and Gewandhausorchester Leipzig. His extensive orchestral repertoire includes the great baroque, classical and romantic oratorios, as well as seventeenth-century (Monteverdi, Purcell, Schütz) and twentieth-century works (Britten, Killmayer, Rihm, Stravinsky). Teaching is an important part of the tenor's musical life; since 2004 he has been a professor at the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz in Cologne and, in addition, regularly gives masterclasses to young singers from all over the world.
Heide is one of the most sought-after piano accompanists and chamber musicians of his generation, performing throughout Europe and Asia since his graduation from Franz-Liszt-Hochschule in Weimar. He regularly works with singers such as Andrè Schuen, Christoph Prégardien, and Roman Trekel. He has also played with Marie Seidler, Hanno Müller-Brachmann, Luca Pisaroni, Ruth Ziesak, Katharina Konradi and Konstantin Krimmel. In the field of chamber music, he has performed concerts with soloists such as Tabea Zimmermann, Antje Weithaas, Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt, Jens Peter Maintz, Friedemann Eichhorn, Barbara Buntrock, Julian Steckel, and Konstanze von Gutzeit. His CD Poêmes, recorded with mezzo-soprano Stella Doufexis, performing songs by Claude Debussy, received the German Record Critics' Award in 2013, while his CD with Andrè Schuen performing lieder by Robert Schumann, Hugo Wolf, and Frank Martin was awarded the ECHO Klassik 2016 prize in the Best Newcomer category.