Born in 1990 in Munich, baritone Matthias Winckhler took his first singing lessons from Hartmut Elbert at the Bavarian Vocal Academy. In 2009 he finished secondary school at the Munich Pestalozzi Gymnasium. From 2010 to 2015 he studied voice in the classes of Andreas Macco (vocal training) and Wolfgang Holzmair (Lied and oratorio interpretation) at the Salzburg Mozarteum University of the Arts. Mr Winckhler also actively participated in masterclasses imparted by Graham Johnson, Rudolf Piernay, Peter Schreier, Matthias Goerne, Markus Hinterhäuser, Christa Ludwig, Malcolm Martineau, Bejun Mehta, Michele Pertusi and Breda Zakotnik. He was a bursary of the Walter & Charlotte Hamel Foundation and received support for his studies through the cultural office of Fürstenfeldbruck, his home town. In 2014 he was a selected as a scholarship holder for a Lied residency at Aix-en-Provence Festival, then in 2015 in the Salzburg Festival Young Singers Project.
In 2014, at the Salzburg International Mozart Competition, Matthias Winckhler won first Prize, as well as the Mozarteum Foundation Special Prize. He had also won the Second Advancement Prize at the National Junior Voice Competition in Berlin in 2010. He was one of the Bach Prize recipients at the 18th International Bach Competition in Leipzig in 2012; in Dortmund, in 2013, he was awarded the German Schubert Society Special Prize at the Schubert-Lied Competition for voice and piano.
On the opera stage, Matthias Winckhler has covered the roles of Belcore (“L’elisir d’amore”), Don Giovanni, Guglielmo (“Così fan tutte”), Almaviva (“Nozze di Figaro”) and Ruggiero (Vivaldi, “Orlando furioso”). He is now one of the soloists engaged as a member of the ensemble of Hanover Opera from the 2015/16 season on.
Matthias Winckhler’s concert repertoire ranges from the passions, cantatas and oratorios of J. S. Bach and other Baroque composers, a number of Classical and Romantic oratorios, all the way to contemporary music and works by living composers. He has collaborated with conductors of the likes of Fabio Bonizzoni, Reinhard Goebel, Hans Graf, Matthew Halls, Günter Jena, Vasily Petrenko, Gianandrea Noseda, Helmuth Rilling, Jordi Savall, Masaaki Suzuki, Jos van Veldhoven and with outstanding ensembles such as the Salzburg Camerata, the Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra, the Netherlands Bach Society, Brandenburg State Orchestra, the Leipzig Baroque Orchestra, the Hamburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Oslo Filharmonien and the instrumental ensembles “Les Cornets Noirs” and “La Banda”. Furthermore, he has worked in close collaboration with composers such as Friedrich Cerha, Gerhard Wimberger, Manfred Trojahn, Benedikt Burghardt and Nikolaus Brass.
Lied is another one of Winckhler’s strengths as a performer, and he makes frequent artsong appearances with the Viennese pianist Bernadette Bartos. In 2013, Mr Winckhler guested in Vienna at a Schubert matinee, and in 2014 he sang Lied repertoire in an appearance at Strasbourg Opéra National du Rhin. At the 2014 Leipzig Bachfest he presented a series of Lieder and odes by C. P. E. Bach, Mozart and Beethoven. Then, at the Kissingen Summer Festival in 2015, Winckhler gave his début performance accompanied by Jan Philip Schulze at the piano.
His broad range of repertoire and styles is well-documented on CD releases by Bavarian Radio (BR) and Oehms Classics, and on DVD’s of “Le Nozze di Figaro”, “Don Giovanni” (at the Salzburg Mozarteum), “L’elisir d’amore” and a release entitled “Death and the Maiden – a Schubertiade in Late Autumn”.
Season 2015/2016 (Representation: General Management, Management: Daniela Spering, Administration: Stephanie Watin)
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