The Countertenor Kai Wessel was born in Hamburg and studied music theory (R. Ploeger), composition (Dr. F. Döhl), and voice (Ute von Garczynski) at the Lübeck Academy of Music. During his Lübeck years Wessel was also an external student in the field of baroque performance practice at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis (René Jacobs).
Wessel received numerous prizes and fellowships.
As one of the leading countertenors Wessel is invited to music festivals all over the world and to numerous opera houses. He has been involved in performances, radio broadcasts, amore than sixty recordings under the direction of Philippe Herreweghe, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, William Christie, Ton Koopman, Sylvain Cambreling, Kent Nagano, and others.
Kai Wessel is teaching voice and baroque performance practice at the Superiour Highschool of Music Cologne/Germany, and regularly giving summer-classes in Germany and Austria.