He is considered the most important singer in the United States today on his string. He has received international awards and distinctions for his captivating art and cultural leadership. Praised as a Met Mastersinger at the Metropolitan Opera Guild, and included in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences Hall of Fame and Gramophone, Hampson is one of the most respected and innovative musicians of our time. With an operatic repertoire of more than 80 roles sung in the world's major theatres, his discography comprises more than 170 albums, including multiple Grammy, Edison and Grand Prix du Disque nominations and awards. He was named first Artist in Residence of the New York Philharmonic, honored with a Living Legend Award by the Library of Congress and received the famous Concertgebouw Award. Hampson is an honorary professor at the School of Philosophy of the University of Heidelberg and holds honorary doctorates from the Manhattan School of Music, New England Conservatory, Whitworth College, San Francisco Conservatory. He is also an honorary member of the Royal Academy of Music in London. He holds the titles of Kammersänger of the Wiener Staatsoper and Commandeur dans l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres of the French Republic. He was awarded the Austrian Medal of Honor in Arts and Sciences and the Hugo Wolf Medal.
He has a unique career as an artist and ambassador of song through the Hampsong Foundation, maintaining an active interest in research, education, diffusion and technology. He is the Artistic Director of the Heidelberg Lied Academy and collaborates with the Barenboim-Said Academy. His master classes are available online at Manhattan School of Music, Medici.tv and The Hampsong Foundation.