Mathias Monrad Møller
Mathias Monrad Møller is a Danish-German tenor and composer. Born 1988 in Odense, Denmark, Mathias grew up in Germany, and was a member of St. Thomas Boys Choir in Leipzig. He performed with them as both chorister and soloist in Germany, and across Europe and Asia.
He holds a BA in singing from Hochschule für Musik ‘Hanns Eisler’ Berlin and an MA from the Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen. At the moment he attends the Opera Academy at the Royal Danish Opera, and is currently making his debut as Ruiz in Verdi's Il Trovatore and as Arved Bengtsen in the romantic Danish opera Drot og Marsk (King and Marshall) by Peter Heise, in a production by director Kasper Holten.
As a lyric tenor, Mathias recently sang Tamino in a production of Mozart's Magic Flute at the Copenhagen Opera Festival 2018, and regularly performs in Mozart's, Bach's, Händel's and Telemann's oratorios and cantatas, among others with Sønderjyllands Symfoniorkester and Camerata Øresund. He has sung Hans Werner Henze's demanding Kammermusik 1958 with Echo Ensemble Berlin under the direction of Manuel Nawri, as well as Britten's Winter Words at concerts in Berlin and Copenhagen. In 2015, Mathias sang the role of Obsthändler in Neue Szenen II, a contemporary opera by composer Elisa Quarello at the Tischlerei of Deutsche Oper Berlin.
As a chorister and ensemble singer, Mathias has performed with Collegium Vocale Gent under the direction of Philippe Herreweghe, Vocalensemble Rastatt under Yannick Nezet-Seguin at Festspielhaus Baden-Baden, and with the Bolongaro-Sextett.
At the 150th anniversary of the Royal Danish Academy of Music in 2017 he sung a major part in ‘Nu og Efter’, a world premiere by composer Niels Rosing-Schow, who had composed the part specifically for him, with the Orchestra of the Royal Academy under the baton of Michael Schønwandt, broadcast on the Danish National Radio and with the presence of HM the Queen of Denmark.
Mathias also holds an MA in composition from Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst, Frankfurt am Main. His compositions have been performed at festivals in Scandinavia, Germany and the US and broadcast by the German, Danish and Norwegian national radios. As a composer, he has represented Denmark at the Young Nordic Music Days in Reykjavik (2012, 2017) and Oslo (2013), as well as at the Nordic Music Days Copenhagen 2015. His pieces have been commissioned and, among others, performed by Aarhus Symphony Orchestra, the Norwegian Radio Orchestra KORK, Mocrep (Chicago), Marcela Lucatelli, Neo Hülcker, ensemble 3®, Solistenensemble PHØNIX16 (Berlin), Andy Ingamells, Hessischer Rundfunk Frankfurt/Main, Ensemble Garage (Cologne), Ensemble Adapter (Berlin), Ensemble Interface, Carola Schaal, and Sirje Viise.
In 2017, he was awarded Hans Voigts Mindelegat, a stipend for young male singers, and the Carl Nielsen and Anne Marie Carl-Nielsen Talent Prize as a composer, each bestowing 100,000 DKK. In 2018, he was a recipient of the Sonning Talent Prize, awarding 60,000 DKK.
Conductor Michael Schønwandt has described Mathias’ ‘hallmark’ as ‘A deep understanding of the finest colours of language, a vocal sound that is alluring and expressive, and a musicality and sense of style that shows us listeners the way through a broad repertoire.’