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Benjamin Appl


Described as the current front-runner in the new generation of Lieder singers’(Gramophone Magazine, UK), Benjamin Appl, Gramophone Award Young Artist of the Year 2016, is celebrated by audiences and critics in recital, concerts and opera. He was a member of the BBC New Generation Artist scheme from 2014-16 and was also a Wigmore Hall Emerging Artist and ECHO Rising Star for the 2015-16 season, appearing in recital at major European venues including the Barbican Centre London, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Wiener Konzerthaus, Philharmonie Paris and Cologne and the Laeiszhalle Hamburg. He became an exclusive SONY Classical recording artist in May 2016.

He trained as a chorister at the renowned Regensburger Domspatzen and continued his studies at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater München and graduated from the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in London. He had the good fortune to be mentored by one of the greatest singers of the twentieth century, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau.

Conductors he has worked with include Marin Alsop, Christian Curnyn, Thomas Dausgaard, Johannes Debus, Edward Gardner, Reinhard Goebel, Paavo Järvi,Michael Hofstetter, Bernard Labadie, Alessandro de Marchi, Paul McCreesh, Sir Roger Norrington, Jordi Savall, Ulf Schirmer and Christian Thielemann.

In concert he has appeared with the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich, Staatskapelle Dresden, Gabrieli Players & Consort, Les Violons du Roy, the Bach Collegium Stuttgart, the Dunedin Consort, NHK Symphony OrchestraDeutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, Concerto Köln, the Philharmonia Orchestra, Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie,the Seattle Symphony, Vienna Symphony, and on multiple occasions with the major BBC orchestras. He made his BBC Proms debut in September 2015 singing Brahms’ Triumphlied with Marin Alsop and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, and Orff’s Carmina Burana with the BBC Concert Orchestra. His oratorio repertoire includes Bach’s Magnificat, StJohn and St Matthew Passions, Brahms’ Ein deutsches Requiem, Händel’s The Messiah, Haydn’s The Creation and Britten’s War Requiem. In 2017 he performed in the ZDF Advent concert at the Frauenkirche, Dresden with Staatskapelle Dresden under the baton of Christian Thielemann, broadcast on national television.

An established recitalist, he has performed at the Ravinia, Rheingau, Schleswig Holstein, Edinburgh International, Leeds Lieder and Oxford Lieder festivals, deSingel Antwerp, Heidelberger Frühling, and at the KlavierFestival Ruhr. He has performed at major concert venues including Festspielhaus Baden-Baden, Het Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, Elbphilharmonie, Hamburg and the Musée de Louvre, Paris, in addition to which he is a regular recitalist at Wigmore Hall and at the Schubertiade Hohenems and Schwarzenberg. He works closely with pianists Graham Johnson and James Baillieu.

During the 2018-19 season, Benjamin Appl made his professional recital debut in the USA, with a tour including performances at the Lincoln Performance Hall, Portland; Dixon Hall, New Orleans; Mixon Hall, Cleveland, the Phillips Collection, Washington DC, and three concerts at Park Avenue Armory, New York, featuring Schubert’s “Schöne Müllerin,” “Winterreise,” and “Schwanengesang”.

The 2019-20 season will see Appl return to Japan where he made his debut last yearwith the NHK Symphony Orchestra under Paavo Järvi. He will also appear in Cosi fan tutte as Guglielmo with Classical Opera in London and Syracuse. Invited by Yannick Nezet-Seguin to sing in Bach’s Mass in b in December 2019, he will perform for the first time with the Philadelphia Orchestra. In May 2020, he will celebrate the 25 Years of the Berlin Baroque Soloists during a Jubilee concert hosted by the Berliner Philharmonie. In recital, he will appear in the new Riga Jurmala Festival and make his debut in Grand Theatre de Geneve in November, the Brucknerhaus Linz in January and Mozarteum Salzburg in February. In February 2020, he will participate to the series Zeitinsel dedicated tocomposerGyörgy Kurtágat the Dortmund Konzerthaus.
He will also continue his exciting partnership with Hamburg Ballet, singing for new productions by John Neumeier throughout the season.

Operatic appearances include Conte Almaviva in Le Nozze di Figaro in London, Owen Wingrave (title role) at the Banff Festival, Aeneas in Dido and Aeneas at the Aldeburgh and Brighton Festivals, and at the Royal Festival Hall, Schaunard in La Bohème with the Munich Radio Orchestra, Baron Tusenbach in Eötvös’s Tri Sestri for the Deutsche Staatsoper, Seele in Mozart’s Grabmusik with the Classical Opera Company and a new commission for Bregenz Festival (Das Leben am Rande derMilchstraße by Bernhard Gander.

Benjamin Appl’s discography includes Schumann duets with Ann Murray (DBE), accompanied by Malcolm Martineau; his debut solo disc ’Stunden, Tage, Ewigkeiten’ accompanied by James Baillieu, which was released in April 2016 on Champs Hill records; and a live recording of Schubert lieder with Graham Johnson for the Wigmore Hall Live label. His first solo album of German and English song for Sony Classical, 'Heimat’, was released to great acclaim in March 2017, and won the prestigious Prix Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Best Lieder Singer) at the 2017/18 Académie du Disque Lyrique Orphées d’Or. His last Sony Classical recording, ‘Bach’ with Concerto Köln was released in September 2018.