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BENEDIKT KRISTJÁNSSON, tenor

Benedikt Kristjánsson was born in in Húsavík, Iceland. He started his singing lessons at the age of 16 at the Reykjavík Academy of Singing and Vocal Arts in Iceland, where he was taught by his mother Margrét Bóasdóttir. He graduated from the Reykjavík Conservatory of Music in 2007.

He studied with Professor Scot Weir at the Hochschule für Musik “Hanns Eisler” Berlin and graduated with honours. He has also participated in master classes in Europe by Christa Ludwig, Peter Schreier, Elly Ameling, Robert Holl, Thomas Quasthoff, Andreas Schmidt and Helmut Deutsch.

 

Benedikt won the 1st Prize of the Internationaler Gesangswettbewerb cantateBach! in Greifswald in 2011. Additionally, he was also awarded the Audience Award in Greifswald. In 2012 he was the winner of the Audience Award in the Internationaler Bach-Wettbewerb in Leipzig.

 

As a concert singer he has performed in many of the most celebrated concert halls in Europe and the USA, such as Konzerthaus Wien, Berlin Philharmonie, Chapelle Royal in Versailles, Walt Disney Concert Hall Los Angeles and Concertgebouw Amsterdam with orchestras such as Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, Gaechinger Cantorey, Hofkapelle München, Holland Baroque, Dresdner Barockorchester, Nederlandse Bachvereniging, Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, and Freiburger Barockorchester. He has worked with conductors such as Reinhard Goebel, Reinbert de Leeuw, Václav Luks, Andreas Spering, Christoph Spering, Jos van Veldhoven and Hans-Christoph Rademann.

 

Benedikt has performed opera at the Theater Kiel, Staatstheater Braunschweig and at the Staatsoper Berlin, singing both baroque and modern repertoire.

 

He has sung at many well-known Festivals such as Musikfest Stuttgart, Händel-Festival Halle and Festival Oude Muziek in Utrecht.

 

He has also given many Lied-recitals, singing “Die schöne Müllerin” by Franz Schubert and “Dichterliebe” by Robert Schumann. His début CD with songs by Schubert and Icelandic folksongs will be released in the summer of 2019 with the Label GENUIN.

 

 

2018/2019 season (representation: non exclusive | Management: Daniela Spering | Administration: Stephanie Watin)

 

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