“Andreas Scholl has the world’s most cultured counter-tenor voice. And during his three Handel arias some 6,000 people scarcely dared breathe.”

Richard Morrison in the Times (2005, reviewing the “Last Night of the Proms”)

A Biographical Timeline

“Andreas Scholl has the world’s most cultured counter-tenor voice. And during his three Handel arias some 6,000 people scarcely dared breathe.”

Richard Morrison in the Times (2005, reviewing the “Last Night of the Proms”)

Born into a family of singers in Eltville on the Rhine, near Wiesbaden, Andreas Scholl’s early musical training was with the Kiedricher Chorbuben. He later went on to study under Richard Levitt and René Jacobs at the renowned Schola Cantorum Basiliensis. He is a winner of the 1999 Echo Awards and Prix de l’Union de la Presse Musicale Belge (“Young Musician of the Year”), the Baroque Vocal Prize at the 1996 Gramophone Awards and the Middle Ages/Renaissance category of the 2002 Edison Awards for his recording of A Musicall Banquet.

1988

 

Sings in Bach’s Christmas Oratorio in Rüdesheim

1991

 

Bach’s St. John Passion under Philippe Herreweghe in Antwerp; German Baroque lieder at the Schwarzenberg Schubertiade

1992

 

Bach cantatas in London at the Queen Elizabeth Hall

1993

 

Bach’s St. John Passion in Paris

1994

 

Bach oratorios in Antwerp (with Herreweghe), Milan and the BBC Proms; Handel in Monte Carlo (with Biondi) and the Beaune Festival; Monteverdi Vespers under René Jacobs in Tokyo

1995

 

Bach’s B minor Mass under Jacobs and Purcell on tour in France

1996

 

Bach appearances this year include Lucerne, BBC Proms (Herreweghe), Baltimore (van Veldhoven) and Berlin (Akademie für Alte Musik); Handel and Bach at the BBC Proms (Jacobs)

1998

 

Debut as opera singer in Handel’s Rodelinda (Christie) at the Glyndebourne Festival; Handel’s Solomon at the BBC Proms; Bach’s St. Matthew Passion in Milan and Antwerp; recitals at the Wigmore Hall and Brighton Festival

1999

 

Appearances this year include Vienna, Berlin, Lucerne, London (Proms and Wigmore recital), New York (Koopman) and the Beaune and Sydney festivals. Released this year: Handel’s Solomon with Paul McCreesh and the Gabrieli Consort and Players (Deutsche Grammophon); and first releases under his new recording contract with Decca: Heroes with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment/Norrington and Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater with Les Talens Lyriques/ Rousset

2000

 

Highlights include Heroes tours of Europe; Bach’s B minor Mass in Germany and on tour in Japan; St. John Passion in the US (Herreweghe); appearances in Sydney, Singapore, Montreux and at the Tanglewood Festival. Releases: Vivaldi with the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra/Dyer; Robert Dowland’s A Musicall Banquet (Edison Award 2002)

2001

 

With A Musicall Banquet and Wayfaring Stranger on tour in Europe and the US; Handel’s Saul (Jacobs) in Brussels; Solomon (McCreesh) in Paris, Lucerne and Cologne. Appearances at the Schwarzenberg Schubertiade, BBC Proms, Beaune, Ravinia and Tanglewood festivals. Releases: Wayfaring Stranger, folksongs with Edin Karamazov and the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra

2002

 

Among the year’s highlights are his appearances in Handel: the title role in Giulio Cesare (Mortensen) at the Royal Danish Opera and Bergen Festival; Rodelinda (Christie) at the Paris Châtelet; Saul (McCreesh) throughout Europe

2003

 

Australian tour (Dyer); orchestral appearances include the Boston Symphony (Koopman), Basle Chamber Orchestra (Ottavio Dantone) and the Orchestra of
St. Luke’s (Koopman) at Carnegie Hall; English lute-song recitals at the Wigmore Hall and Cologne Philharmonie. Released this year: Arcadia with the Accademia Bizantina/Dantone

2004

 

European Arcadia tour (Dantone); Messiah in Los Angeles (Labadie); festivals include Göttingen Handel, Stockholm, Schwarzenberg Schubertiade, Bath, Beaune and Trigonale. Handel’s Saul (Gabrieli Consort/McCreesh) released on Deutsche Grammophon

2005

 

Giulio Cesare in Copenhagen; “The Renaissance Muse” in New York and London; Senesino tour (Dantone) throughout Europe; festival appearances at the Schwarzenberg Schubertiade, Aldeburgh, Beaune, Trigonale and the “Last Night of the Proms”. Released this year: Arias for Senesino with the Accademia Bizantina/Dantone (Classical Brit Awards 2006, “Singer of the Year”)

2006

 

Handel’s Rodelinda at the New York Met; Giulio Cesare (Rousset) in Paris, Rome and Madrid; Bach cantatas (Dantone) throughout Europe; Dowland recital tour of Australia (with lutenist Crawford Young)

2007

 

European “Crystal Tears” tour (English consort songs); Messiah (Berliner Philharmoniker/Christie) at the Berlin Philharmonie; Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater with the Venice Baroque Orchestra and Andrea Marcon at the Vienna Musikverein and the Salzburg Festival; Handel in Dublin, Belfast and Portugal; Vivaldi and Handel in Israel; birthday concert for William Lyne at the Wigmore Hall; festival appearances include Salzburg, Edinburgh, Santander and Beaune

2008

 

Handel’s Partenope (Mortensen) in Copenhagen; Giulio Cesare (Dantone) in Lausanne; Senesino concerts at the Salzburg and Dresden Festivals (Dantone) and in Sydney (Dyer); “Portrait of a Baroque Countertenor” (Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, with James Bowman) in Europe; Messiah performances (Koopman) in New York

2009

 

“Oswald von Wolkenstein” tour in Europe; US tour with the Australian Chamber Orchestra performing Handel arias; European tour with the Basle Chamber Orchestra (Vivaldi); concerts with Boston’s Handel and Haydn Society and with Les Violons du Roi/Labadie in Québec and Montréal; with Concerto Copenhagen/Mortensen in Copenhagen, Oslo and Århus (Handel); and with the Ensemble Instrumental Colombiano in Bogotá. This year’s releases: The Lute Is a Song with Edin Karamazov; Handel’s Partenope from the Royal Danish Opera on DVD

2010

 

Giulio Cesare (Christie, with Cecilia Bartoli) in Paris; the St. John Passion in Munich (Koopman) and at St. Thomas’s, Leipzig; “Oswald von Wolkenstein” concerts at the Barbican, in Liverpool and Zurich; A Musicall Banquet recitals in Hong Kong and China; Mozart and Gluck with the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra/Jacobs in Salzburg; recitals with pianist Tamar Halperin on tour in Asia, Istanbul and at the Schubertiade Schwarzenberg. Several recitals with countertenor Philippe Jaroussky. Decca release this year: O Solitude, a solo Purcell album with Accademia Bizantina

2011

 

Plans for the year include Handel’s Rodelinda at the New York Met; Bach’s B minor Mass under René Jacobs in Leipzig; Purcell concerts with Accademia Bizantina in Birmingham, Manchester, Munich, Cologne, Hanover, Berlin, Vienna and Ljubljana; Australia-New Zealand tour in March; further recitals in Barcelona and at the Schwarzenberg Schubertiade. Upcoming Decca release: Bach cantatas with the Kammerorchester Basel

10/2010

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