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Born in 1990 near Munich, Matthias Winckhler took his first singing lessons from Hartmut Elbert at the Bavarian Vocal Academy. 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 Music. Mr Winckhler also actively participated in masterclasses imparted by Matthias Goerne, Markus Hinterhäuser, Graham Johnson, Christa Ludwig, Malcolm Martineau, Bejun Mehta, Michele Pertusi, Rudolf Piernay, Peter Schreier, Bo Skovhus and Breda Zakotnik. He was a bursary of the Walter & Charlotte Hamel Foundation and the Walter Kaminsky Foundation, and received support for his studies through the cultural office of Fürstenfeldbruck, his home town. In 2014 he was selected as a scholarship holder for a Lied residency at Aix-en-Provence Festival, then in 2015 at the Salzburg Festival Young Singers Project.


In 2014, at the Salzburg International Mozart Competition, Mathias Winckhler won First Prize, as well as the Mozarteum Foundation Special Prize. He was also a laureate of the International Johann Sebastian Bach Competition in Leipzig in 2012, of the National Junior Voice Competition in Berlin in 2010, and the Schubert Lied Duo Competition in Dortmund in 2014.


Since the 2015/2016 season, Mr Winckhler has been a member of the ensemble of Hannover State Opera, where he has covered the roles of Albert (Massenet Werther), Tom (Henze’s Die englische Katze), Belcore (Donizetti L’Elisir d’amore) and Almaviva (Mozart Le nozze di Figaro). In the 2017/2018 season he will sing his début in the roles of Papageno in Mozart's The Magic Flute and Ottokar in Weber's Freischütz.

Matthias Winckhler makes regular appearances with conductors such as Karl-Friedrich Beringer, Fabio Bonizzoni, Reinhard Goebel, Hans Graf, Matthew Halls, Pablo Heras-Casado, Enoch zu Guttenberg, Günter Jena, Gianandrea Noseda, Ralf Otto, Vasily Petrenko, Ivan Repušić, Helmuth Rilling, Jordi Savall, Masaaki Suzuki, and Jos van Veldhoven.
He has concertized with orchestras and ensembles such as the Vienna Philharmonic, Camerata Salzburg, the Salzburg Mozart Orchestra, Nederlandse Bachvereniging, Brandenburg Symphony Orchestra, Leipzig Baroque Orchestra, Hamburg Philharmonic State Orchestra, Bach Collegium Japan, and the Oslo Philharmonic.


The Lied genre is another one of Winckhler’s strengths as a performer, and he makes frequent art song appearances with pianists Marcelo Amaral, Bernadette Bartos, Tobias Krampen, Verena Metzger and Jan-Philip Schulze. Furthermore, he has worked in close collaboration with composers such as Benedikt Burghardt, Nikolaus Brass, Friedrich Cerha, Manfred Trojahn, Gerhard Wimberger and Walter Zimmermann. Winckhler has sung the world premiere of a number of new works, for instance at the Kissingen Summer Festival in 2015 and 2016.


2017/2018 season (representation, projects and management: Daniela Spering; administration: Stephanie Watin)


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