Ingrid Schmithüsen is an acclaimed performer of Lied, oratorio and chamber music covering a repertoire spanning from the Renaissance through contemporary music. She studied at the Music Conservatory in Cologne with Prof. Gregory Foley, and with Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau in Berlin. Her diverse and extensive repertoire, as well as her wide expressive range can be appreciated in her more than 70 recordings, alongside conductors like Philippe Herreweghe, Sigiswald Kuijken and Masaaki Suzuki among others. Concert tours have led her throughout Europe, North and South America, Asia and Australia. She has been a guest performer at international festivals such as Vienna Festival, the Melbourne Music Festival Ars Musica (Brussels), Beethovenfest (Bonn), Montréal Nouvelles Musiques (Canada) and Présences (Paris). In 2006 Ingrid Schmithüsen founded the Lied recital series Im Zentrum LIED in Cologne, presenting innovative thematic concerts each season featuring international-renowned Lied artists.