Martin Wistinghausen, born 1979 in Düsseldorf, studied singing (Kurt Moll, Rudolf Piernay), vocal pedagogy, composition (Ulrich Leyen-decker, Adriana Hölszky), German literature and history in Cologne, Mannheim, Düsseldorf and Salzburg, participated in numerous master classes (for example with Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau) and was awarded numerous prizes. He was 1st national prize winner of Jugend musiziert (singing solo), prize winner of the International Singing Competition of the Chamber Opera Schloss Rheinsberg, received the composition prize of the Berliner Capella, a sponsorship prize in the Salzburg composition competition vocal arts (2008) and was successful at Call for Scores in Treviso (2011) and at the Festival Risuonanze (2016). Wistinghausen was a scholarship holder of the DAAD, the Konrad Adenauer Foundation, the Richard Wagner Association and the Fondation Bartels. In 2017 he was awarded the Church Music Composition Scholarship of the City of Düsseldorf, in 2018 a residency scholarship for the Künstlerhaus Schloss Wiepersdorf in Brandenburg, in 2019 he will be awarded the Förderpreis Musik der Landeshauptstadt Düsseldorf.
He gives concerts at home and abroad, with renowned ensembles such as Musica Fiata Köln and L'arpa festante. He can often be heard singing the Christ Words of the Bach and Schütz Passions, in the solo bass parts of the Mozart Requiem and various masses, and as an accomplished interpreter of early and contemporary music. Numerous composers have created solo works for his voice, including Erich S. Hermann, Ernst Bechert, Sabina Ulubeanu, Christina C. His works have been performed at various festivals, on the radio (SWR, Deustchlandradio Kultur, Espace 2) and by renowned ensembles such as the Österreichisches Ensemble für NeueMusik, the Stuttgart Neue Vocalsolisten, the ensembles AuditivVokal Dresden and SoloVoices as well as the Kurpfälzisches and Folkwang Chamber Orchestras.
He has received a number of commissions for compositions, for example from the Komische Oper Berlin, the Heidelberg Theater and the stART-Festival Salzburg. Music-theatrical works were staged in the Rheinsberg Opera Workshop and in the workroom of the Heidelberg Theatre.
Since 2016 he has been presenting his bass solo programme De Profundis - so far in Hamburg, Frankfurt, Düsseldorf, the Kunststation St. Peter in Cologne, in Berlin (Unerhörte Musik) and Stuttgart.