The renowned countertenor shared his new-found love of Lieder in an interview with Anne-Marie Minhall
Andreas Scholl is a German countertenor. He has released a series of extraordinary solo recordings of works by Bach, Purcell and Handel among others.
Life and Music
- Born in Germany, Andreas Scholl's early musical training was with the Kiedricher Chorbuben. He later studied under Richard Levitt and René Jacobs at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis.
- He is a winner of the 1999 ECHO Awards, Prix de l'Union de la Presse Musicale Belge and the Middle Ages/Renaissance category of the 2002 Edison Awards for his recording of A Musicall Banquet. He won a second ECHO Award in 2005 for his composition for Deutsche Grammophon's audio-book of Hans Christian Andersen's The Emperor's New Clothes and The Nightingale.
- A committed recital artist, Andreas Scholl performs in the world's leading concert halls and festivals. Concert performances have included appearances with the Berliner Philharmoniker, New York Philharmonic, The Cleveland Orchestra, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Dresdner Philharmonie, Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, Freiburger Barockorchester, Münchner Philharmoniker and at the 2005 Last Night of the Proms - the first countertenor ever to have been invited.
- Operatic roles include Bertarido (Rodelinda) at Glyndebourne Festival Opera and the Metropolitan Opera; Arsace (Partenope) at Royal Danish Opera and the title role in Giulio Cesare at Royal Danish Opera, Opéra de Lausanne and Théâtre des Champs-Elysées.
Did you know?
When he was 13 Scholl was one of 20,000 choristers from all over the world gathered in Rome for a festival. While there Scholl was chosen to sing solo at Mass, where he met Pope John Paul II.
Discover the magic of the countertenor with Andreas Scholl who joined us for a live webchat to answer listeners' questions
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German countertenor Andreas Scholl talks about his album Arias For Senesino and his debut at the Last Night Of The Proms.
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