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Patrick Grahl

Born in Leipzig, Patrick Grahl was initially a member of the St. Thomas Boys' Choir under Georg Christoph Biller, where he subsequently also received his vocal training at the Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy Academy of Music under Berthold Schmid and completed his studies with the master class examination (with distinction). Master classes with Peter Schreier, Gotthold Schwarz, Gerd Türk, KS Ileana Cotrubas and Karl-Peter Kammerlander provided important impulses for his artistic development.

While still a student, he was able to work on and perform roles such as Alfred (Strauss: Die Fledermaus), Tamino (Mozart: Die Zauberflöte) and Albert (Britten: Albert Herring). He has also appeared as the Young Servant in Richard Strauss' Elektra, in Richard Wagner's Tristan und Isolde as the Shepherd/Voice of a Young Sailor at the Opéra National de Lyon, as Don Ottavio (Mozart: Don Giovanni) at the Teatro La Fenice in Venice and as Jaquino (Beethoven's Fidelio) together with the Insula Orchestra under the direction of Laurence Equilbey.

Patrick Grahl was a scholarship holder of the Friedrich Ebert Foundation in Bonn until 2013. In 2014, he won 1st prize in the Early Music Prize of Saarland Radio and the Academy for Early Music in Saarland with the Ensemble Barockwerk Ost. He was also a member of the male quartet Thios Omilos until 2018. Since then, he has only been active as a soloist.

In 2016, the tenor was awarded 1st prize at the XX International Johann Sebastian Bach Competition in Leipzig. This opened doors for him as a much sought-after oratorio and concert singer. He makes guest appearances with orchestras such as the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, the Dresden Philharmonic, the Dresden Staatskapelle, the NDR Radiophilharmonie, the Gürzenich Orchestra Cologne and the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, the Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della RAI di Torino and the London Symphony Orchestra under the direction of 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 associated with the Thomanerchor and the Dresdner Kreuzchor.

In the 2023/2024 season, the singer once again has interesting projects lined up: 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, among others. In Hamburg's Elbphilharmonie he will sing Mozart's Coronation Mass under the direction of Hans-Jörg Albrecht. At the Konzerthaus Berlin, he will perform Bach's Mass in B minor under the direction of Vladimir Jurowski and the Rias Chamber Choir. In Antwerp, he sings Bach's St. Matthew Passion with the Dresden Chamber Choir under Hans Christoph Rademann, and a tour of 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 will perform Schubert's Mass in A flat major under the direction of Martin Lehmann. In the 22/23 and 23/24 seasons, Patrick Grahl will be involved in another major project of 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 will make his role debut as Pedrillo in Mozart's Die Entführung aus dem Serail 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 recitals: in 2023/24, for example, he will give recitals at the Schubertiade in Schwarzenberg and in Ingolstadt, accompanied by Malcolm Martineau.

His song CD "Dichterliebe", accompanied by Daniel Heide, has been released on the CAvi label. Bach's "Magnificat" under Hans-Christoph Rademann and the Gaechinger Cantorey was released on the Hänssler label from last season's orchestral projects.

concerts featuring Patrick Grahl