Martin Krumbiegel was born in Leipzig, the brother of Sebastian Krumbiegel, and he was a member of the Thomanerchor from 1973 to 1982. He studied musicology at the University of Leipzig and graduated in 1994 with a doctorate. He also undertook private voice training with Andreas Sommerfeld.
Since 1987 he has performed as a concert and oratorio singer, including appearances at the Leipzig Gewandhaus, the Berlin Schauspielhaus, the Semperoper in Dresden and the Cologne Philharmonie (de). He has regularly collaborated as a soloist with the Bach cantata performances of the Thomanerchor. Tours abroad led him to the Czech Republic, France, the Netherlands, Sweden and Lithuania.
He has been the artistic director of the Leipziger Oratorienchor since it was founded in 1993. From 2001 he has been the conductor of the ensemble Capella Fidicinia Leipzig, dedicated to the music of the 15th to 18th century. From 2008, Krumbiegel has been the artistic director of the vocal ensemble Herrenwieser Vokalensemble, a group of 18 singers from Germany and Switzerland who meet once a year and tour Brandenburg, with a repertoire from early Baroque to contemporary.
Krumbiegel has recorded for disk (CD), radio and television. With the Leipziger Oratorienchor, he recorded live major choral works by Bach, his Mass in B minor (1999 and 2003), St John Passion (2002), Christmas Oratorio (2002) and St Matthew Passion (2006), singing the part of the Evangelist himself in the Passions. In the Bach year 2000, he performed in concerts in St. Martin, Idstein, including Bach's cantatas for Easter Erfreut euch, ihr Herzen, BWV 66, and for Pentecost Sunday Erschallet, ihr Lieder, erklinget, ihr Saiten! BWV 172, as well as songs such as "So oft ich meine Tobackspfeife", BWV 515, from the Notebook for Anna Magdalena Bach, also known as the "Pipe Aria".
- "Martin Krumbiegel (Tenor, Conductor)". bach-cantatas.com. 2002. Retrieved 20 April 2013.
- "Martin Krumbiegel". Capella Fidicinia. Retrieved 24 April 2013.
- "Ernennung zu Professoren" (in German). Journal Zeitschrift der Hochschule für Musik und Theater »Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy« Leipzig, Nr. 29, Sommersemester 2010. 2010. p. 68.
- "Herrenwieser Vokalensemble / Martin Krumbiegel". Herrenwieser Vokalensemble. Retrieved 24 April 2013.
- "Martin Krumbiegel & Leipziger Oratorienchor / Bach Cantatas & Other Vocal Works". bach-cantatas.com. 2009. Retrieved 24 April 2013.
- Idsteiner Bachtage. Idsteiner Bachtage. 28 May 2000.
- Literature by and about Martin Krumbiegel in the German National Library catalogue
- Martin Krumbiegel at AllMusic