The young german baritone Stefan Astakhov, born in 1997, grew up in a musical family, his father being an opera singer and his mother a conductor, and started his musical journey with the violin and singing.
Stefan Astakhov started his studies at the age of 17 at the Hochschule für Musik in Detmold under the tutelage of Caroline Thomas, Germany, later transfering to the Karol Lipinski Academy of Music in Wroclaw under the tutelage of Bogdan Makal, Poland where he acquired his Bachelor- and Master Degrees.
At the age of 19 Stefan sang his first big role – Figaro in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro at the Wroclaw Opera, and shortly after debuted as Bosun in Britten’s Billy Budd at the National Theatre in Prague. In 2019 he debuted in Tristan und Isolde at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam and the Lucerne Festival.
Stefan Astakhov was a finalist and prizewinner of multiple competitions: In 2018 he won the Ton & Erklärung-Competition, with KS Brigitte Fassbaender as the jury chairwoman, was finalist and got the Young Talent Prize at the 52nd International 's-Hertogenbosch-Competition,with Dame Kiri Te Kanawa as the jury chairwoman, the »Junior Prize« at DEBUT 2018, and got the 2nd, the »Junior special prize« and two special prizes at the Otto Edelmann-Competition in Vienna. Stefan Astakhov has won the 1st prize at the world renowned Mirjam Helin-Competition in Helsinki and he won the 2nd and the »Prize for the best Art Song Interpretation« at the prestigious Queen Sonja Music-Competition in Oslo in 2019.
Stefan Astakhov also completed numerous masterclasses in Germany and abroad with John Norris, José van Dam, Robert Holl. In March 2019 Stefan took part in the Lied-Academy of the Heidelberger Frühling with Thomas Hampson and Hartmut Höll.