"Music acts like a magic key, to which the most tightly closed heart opens." - Maria von Trapp

Julian Prégardien

In opera, concert and Lied repertoire, Julian Prégardien enjoys widespread success in equal
measure on an international scale. He has gained particular acclaim in the tenor part of the
Evangelist in the passions and oratorios of J. S. Bach. Prégardien recently sang the Evangelist
in the Christmas Oratorio under the baton of Peter Schreier in the Munich Philharmonie, as well
as the Evangelist in the St Matthew Passion at the Lincoln Center in New York conducted by
Philippe Herreweghe, at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw with the Netherlands Bach Society
and at the Munich Herkulessaal with Peter Dijkstra and the Bavarian Radio Choir in a CD/DVD
production that has been broadcast several times by different German television stations.
Prégardien also recently sang in a television production of the St John Passion in Riga (Latvia)
with Concerto Copenhagen conducted by Lars Ulrik Mortensen. He had previously recorded
the St John Passion in 2010 on the French ZIG ZAG label in a production that received
excellent international reviews. In early 2015 he will once more record the Evangelist in the
St John Passion for Bavarian Radio.

During the 2014/15 season, Prégardien will also perform Bach cantatas on tour with René
Jacobs, and in Barcelona and Paris he will sing the Christmas Oratorio conducted by
Christophe Rousset. Under the baton of Andrea Marcon he will likewise perform the Mass in B
Minor with Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra, as well as a series of Bach cantatas with Bavarian
Radio Symphony Orchestra; he will also go on tour singing the St Matthew Passion with Le
Concert Lorrain conducted by Christoph Prégardien.

Further collaborations in the 2014/15 season include Bach cantatas with the Stuttgart
International Bach Academy under Hans-Christoph Rademann, Mozart’s Requiem with the
Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen and the Bavarian Radio Chorus under Peter Dijkstra,
and Haydn’s Creation with Christoph Poppen conducting the Cologne Chamber Orchestra.

On the opera stage, Prégardien has recently sung the part of Jaquino in Fidelio with the
Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen under Paavo Järvi. He also covered the role of
Eurimedes in Telemann’s Orpheus at Frankfurt Opera, where he was previously an ensemble
member and covered the roles of Tamino in The Magic Flute, Jason in Charpentier’s Medée
and The Novice in Billy Budd. At Aix-en-Provence Festival he sang the roles of Nencio in
Haydn’s L’infedeltà delusa and Belfi ore in Mozart’s La fi nta giardiniera. In June of 2015 he
will make a guest appearance as Renaud in Lully’s Armide at the Opéra National de Lorraine
(Nancy), with Christophe Rousset conducting and David Hermann as stage director. In the
2013/14 season he sang Pedrillo in Die Entführung aus dem Serail with the Akademie für
Alte Musik Berlin under René Jacobs (at Amsterdam Concertgebouw and La Monnaie in
Brussels), as well as the title role in Rameau’s Zaïs with Christophe Rousset and Les Talens
Lyriques (Amsterdam, Versailles, Theater an der Wien). Both productions were recorded for
CD release.

Julian Prégardien can be heard on the Virgin Classics release of Ezio (Gluck) under Alan Curtis,
a production that received an ECHO Classical Award in 2012. He was also among the singers
on the roster of Cecilia Bartoli’s second CD release devoted to the works of Agostino Steffani,
entitled Stabat Mater (Decca Classics).

With the title An die Geliebte, Julian Prégardien’s fi rst solo recording was released in early 2014
on the Myrios Classics label, featuring Lied repertoire accompanied by Christoph Schnackertz
at the piano – a release that reaped high praise from the critics.
Julian Prégardien has given Lieder recitals at Davos Festival, at the Menuhin Festival in Gstaad,
at Stuttgart Musikfest, at the Rheingau Music Festival, at the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festival, 
at the Styriarte Festival in Graz, at Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Cologne Philharmonie,
Stadtcasino Basel, Innsbruck Festival and the Edinburgh and Schwetzingen festivals. In 2013
he performed for the fi rst time at the Schubertiade in Schwarzenberg, where he is re-invited
to perform in 2015. The 2014/15 season will also see a series of joint Lieder recitals with his
father scheduled at the Haydn Festival in Brühl, at Stuttgart Musikfest, at Wigmore Hall and at
Salzburg Whitsun Festival.

The singer also enjoys presenting distinctive chamber music programmes. At Mecklenburg-
Vorpommern Festival, to commemorate the 200th anniversary of Schumann’s birth in 2010,
he premièred his own arrangement of Schumann’s Liederkreis cycle for string quartet
and improvised piano intermezzos with Michael Gees and the Gémaux Quartet. In 2014,
in collaboration with the Ricercar Consort, he devised a “Schubertiade” featuring Lied
arrangements, instrumental works and texts by Schubert and his contemporaries, arranged for
fl ute, guitar and barytone viol. That project will be released by Myrios Classics as Prégardien’s
second solo CD in 2015.

Born in Frankfurt, Julian Prégardien was trained in the Limburg Cathedral Choir and went on
to study voice at Freiburg Musikhochschule. Since the summer semester of 2013 he has been
teaching the oratorio class at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Munich.

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