Max Raabe, born 1962 in Lünen, has actually always sung - in the youth choir, the chantry and on his bicycle.
Max Raabe moved to Berlin in his early twenties to study opera singing. He financed his studies with little performances and in 1986 he founded the Palast Orchester with some fellow students.
In 1992 Max Raabe wrote his first hit “Kein Schwein ruft mich an” (Why Does No One Call) and appeared on stage under the direction of Peter Zadek in Heinrich Mann´s “Der blaue Engel” (Blue Angel).
Parallel to the increasing success and international career with the Palast Orchester, Max Raabe gives concerts with pianist Christoph Israel. Their duo-CD “Über´s Meer” (Over The Sea) was released 2010 by Universal / Decca.
Max Raabe´s commitment to the remembrance of 20s/30s music has received various awards. In particular he was presented with the ECHO Classic in 2000 for his interpretation of “Mack the Knife”, the Paul-Lincke-Ring of the City of Goslar in 2005, the cultural prize of his hometown Lünen in 2007, and in 2012 the Order of Merit of the State of Berlin.
Since 2007 Max Raabe is successor to German comedy-legend Loriot as honorary MC for the yearly Berlin opera gala of the German AIDS foundation. He has also performed for many charity events amongst which are the Opera Village project in Africa founded by Christoph Schlingensief, Yehudi Menuhin´s Live Music Now and the Berlin City Mission. Supported are also the movement Schools Against Racism and the initiative Children´s Home Romania.
In the summer of 2010 Max Raabe wrote together with producer, singer and composer Annette Humpe the album “Küssen kann man nicht alleine” (One Cannot Kiss Alone), which was awarded Platinum in 2012. That year the successful duo´s second album “Für Frauen ist das kein Problem” (For Women It´s No Problem) was released, which was soon to receive Gold.