Schubert and the feeling of solitude have been my companions for many years. We can find ourselves alone as the result of many different circumstances in life – unhappiness in love, a bereavement, or simply moving to another country. For me, however, being alone has never meant being ‘lonely’.
As in Schubert’s song Der Einsame, I try to enjoy the small things in life, and, especially in those times when I am alone, to consciously take time out of
everyday life and reflect on my own experiences. I find that making music is a particularly good way of occupying myself in moments of solitude.
A running brook, a broken heart, the bitter-sweet release of death – few composers have succeeded in setting these varied images to music as
transparently as Schubert did. His diverse emotional and musical world had me under its spell from an early age. This developed into such a thirst for more that now I can hardly wait to sing works by Schubert that are new to me. I let myself be guided by these feelings and try to bring them together in my singing in a sincere and unaffected way. For only then, when I myself am moved by the music, can I reach the listener.
As it is my first album, this recording is particularly special to me. In Simon Lepper I have found a wonderfully sensitive duo partner whohas been accompanying and supporting me since 2012. I would like to thank our generous hosts Mary and David Bowerman, the production team, and particularly BBC Radio 3 and the New Generation Artists scheme, who introduced me to Champs Hill Records. The friendly environment at Champs Hill created the perfect setting for a heartfelt recording.
Schuberts liederen der eenzaamheid
Schubert is jarenlang bevriend geweest met het gevoel van solitude. We kunnen solitude in veel situaties in ons leven terugvinden - ongelukkig zijn in de liefde, een verlies van een naaste, om simpelweg verhuizen naar een ander land. Voor tenor Ilker Arcayürek stond het 'alleen zijn' echter nooit gelijk aan eenzaamheid.
Net zoals in Schubert's lied Der Einsame, probeert Arcayürek zich te richten op het de kleine dingen in het leven: "especially in those times when I am alone, I consciously take time out of everyday life and reflect on my own experiences. I find that making music is a particularly good way of occupying myself in moments of solitude."
Een kabbelend beekje, een gebroken hart, de bitterzoete verlossing van de dood - slechts weinig componisten waren in staat deze beelden zo transparent uit te beelden als Schubert. Al vanaf vroege leeftijd was Arcayürek in de ban van de componist.
Dit is het eerste album van de jonge tenor. In Simon Lepper vond hij een geweldige piano begeleider, die al sind 2012 met hem samenspeelt.
Born in Istanbul, Ilker Arcayürek grew up in Vienna. As soloist with the Mozart Boys’ Choir he gained first experiences on international stages touring overseas as well as in joint performances at Vienna’s Staatsoper, Volksoper and Kammeroper. He became a member of the Arnold Schoenberg Choir and studied privately with Sead
Buljubasic in Vienna. He participated in master-classes with Sir Thomas Allen, Alfred Brendel, Ileana Cotrubas and Thomas Quasthoff. Ilker Arcayürek is the winner of the 2016 International Art Song Competition of Stuttgart’s Hugo Wolf Academy. He was finalist of the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Competition 2015 and was selected as a BBC New Generation Artist through to the end of 2017. For BBC Radio 3 he recorded amongst others with Harmut Höll and the BBC National Orchestra of Wales.
“Der Einsame” marks Ilker Arcayürek’s debut album. He looks forward to touring the program to venues such as London’s Wigmore Hall, Birmingham’s Town Hall, Vilabertran’s Schubertiada and Barcelona’s L’Auditori.
Ilker Arcayürek joined the opera studio at Zürich Opera in 2010 and became a member of the ensemble of the Stadttheater Klagenfurt in the 2013–14 season, where he appeared as Italian Singer in Der Rosenkavalier, Malcolm in Macbeth, The Prince in The Love for Three Oranges, Alfred in Die Fledermaus and Tamino in Magic Flute. Since the 2015–16 season, Ilker Arcayürek has been a member of the ensemble of the Staatstheater Nürnberg. In Nürnberg his repertoire includes roles such as Rodolfo in La Bohème, Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni, Nadir in Les pêcheurs de Perles and Andres in Wozzeck. Recent guest appearances have included Claudio in Wagner's Das Liebesverbot at Teatro Real in Madrid staged by Kasper Holten under the baton of Ivor Bolton, the Son in Hossam Mahmoud’s Tahrir at the Salzburger Landestheater conducted by Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla.
Simon read music at King’s College, Cambridge. He is a professor of piano accompaniment and a vocal repertoire coach at the Royal College of Music, London where he also co-ordinates the piano accompaniment course. He is an official accompanist for the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Competition.
Performance highlights have included an invitation from the Wigmore Hall, London to present a three concert project on the songs of Joseph Marx; a recital tour with Stéphane Degout which included the Ravinia and Edinburgh festivals; his debut at Carnegie Hall, New York with mezzo Karen Cargill and at the Frick Collection with Christopher Purves; performances of the Schubert song cycles with Mark Padmore including at the Schubertiade, Hohenhems and recitals with Angelika Kirchschlager at La Monnaie, Brussels and at the Wigmore Hall where appearances have included recitals with Christopher Maltman, Elizabeth Watts, Stephan Loges, Sophie Bevan, Sally Matthews and Lawrence Zazzo.
Vocal recordings include Warlock Songs with Andrew Kennedy, two volumes of Debussy Songs and a Strauss disc with Gillian Keith (Champs Hill Records, CHRCD018) and a disc of Mahler songs with Karen Cargill, as well as a song recital disc with Dame Felicity Palmer, and the complete songs of Jonathan Dove with Kitty Whately (Nights Not Spent Alone, also on Champs Hill Records, CHRCD125).