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Patrick Grahl

Patrick Grahl, who was born in Leipzig, was initially a member of the Thomanerchor under Georg Christoph Biller, then he received his singing training in his hometown at the “Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy” music college with Berthold Schmid and completed his studies with the master class exam (with distinction). Master classes with Peter Schreier, Gotthold Schwarz, Gerd Türk, Kammersängerin Ileana Cotrubas and Karl-Peter Kammerlander gave important impulses to his artistic development. While still studying, he was able to develop and perform roles such as Alfred (Strauss: "Die Fledermaus"), Tamino (Mozart: "The Magic Flute") and Albert (Britten: "Albert Herring"). He also appeared as a young servant in Richard Strauss' "Elektra", in Richard Wagner's "Tristan and Isolde" as a shepherd and voice of a young sailor at the Opéra National de Lyon, and as Don Ottavio (Mozart: "Don Giovanni") at the Teatro La Fenice in Venice and as Jaquino (Beethoven: "Fidelio") together with the Insula Orchestra under the direction of Laurence Equilbey. Until 2013, Patrick Grahl was a scholarship holder of the Friedrich Ebert Foundation, Bonn. In 2014 he won first prize in the Early Music Prize of the Saarland Radio and the Academy for Early Music in Saarland with the Ensemble Barockwerk Ost. He was also a member of the men's quartet Thios Omilos until 2018. Since then he has only worked as a soloist. In 2016 the tenor was awarded first prize at the XX. Awarded at the International Johann Sebastian Bach Competition in Leipzig. This opened the doors for him as a much sought-after oratorio and concert singer. He makes guest appearances with orchestras such as the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, the Dresden Philharmonic, the Dresdner Staatskapelle, the NDR Radiophilharmonie, the Gürzenich Orchestra Cologne as well as the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, the Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della RAI di Torino and the London Symphony Orchestra under the Conductors such as Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Daniele Gatti, Hartmut Haenchen, Ludwig Güttler, Manfred Honeck, Ton Koopman, Andrew Manze, Leopold Hager, Omer Meir Wellber, Stefano Montanari and Hans-Christoph Rademann. He is still closely connected to the Thomanerchor and the Dresdner Kreuzchor. The singer has new interesting projects coming up in the 2023/2024 season: In Brussels he will sing Handel's "Messiah" under the direction of Ian Page, and he will perform Bach's "Christmas Oratorio" in Hong Kong with the Hong Kong Sinfonietta under the direction of Christoph Poppen, in the Kreuzkirche Dresden under the direction of Martin Lehmann and in Pamplona under Perry So on. In the Hamburg Elbphilharmonie he sings Mozart's "Coronation Mass" under the direction of Hans-Jörg Albrecht. At the Konzerthaus Berlin he can be heard performing Bach's B minor Mass under the direction of Vladimir Jurowski with the RIAS Chamber Choir. In Antwerp he sings Bach's "Matthew Passion" with the Dresden Chamber Choir under Hans-Christoph Rademann and a tour through the Netherlands takes him to Emmen, Groningen, Assen, Drachten and Leeuwarden with the Noord Nederlands Orkest (conductor: Eivind Gullberg Jensen). At the Kulturpalast Dresden he performs Schubert's Mass in A flat major under the direction of Martin Lehmann. In the 2022/23 and 2023/24 seasons, Patrick Grahl will be involved in another major project at the International Bach Academy: Under the direction of Hans-Christoph Rademann, a complete Bach cantata cycle will be performed and recorded on CD. At the 10th anniversary of the Portuguese Festival International de Música de Marvão he makes his role debut as Pedrillo in Mozart's "The Abduction from the Seraglio" under the direction of Christoph Poppen (director: Sabine Theunissen). In addition to his numerous engagements on the concert and opera stage, Patrick Grahl attaches great importance to chamber music projects and song recitals: among other things, in 2023/24 he will give song recitals at the Schubertiade in Schwarzenberg and Ingolstadt, accompanied by Malcolm Martineau. His song CD “Dichterliebe”, accompanied by Daniel Heide, was released by the CAvi label. Of the orchestral projects for the 2020/21 season, Bach's “Magnificat” was released under Hans-Christoph Rademann and the Gaechinger Cantorey on the Hänssler label.

concerts featuring Patrick Grahl