sings with an intelligence, timbre and meticulous sensitivity to text that
distinguish him among contemporary recitalists. His performance, even of
standard repertoire, always shows the observer something new. In addition
to stage appearances in opera, he has performed stagings of some major song
cycles, Winterreise and Diary of One Who Disappeared, for example. These
performances were also recorded. To the connoisseur, his interpretations
are challenging and enlightening, to the novice gripping.
He was a post-doctoral fellow in history
at Corpus Christi College, Oxford, before embarking on a full-time career
as a singer. In the 1990s, he established a vast international reputation
in recital, recording, concert and opera with performances of Britten, Schubert,
Janácek, Mozart, Schumann, and Henze in appearances in Edinburgh,
Aldeburgh, Vienna, New York and at the Schubertiades, among many other venues.
He is one of the most-recorded of today’s classical singers. He was
created a Commander of the British Empire in 2004.
London born pianist Julius
Drake works with the world’s leading vocal and instrumental
artists, both in recital throughout Europe and America, and on disc.
In recent seasons concerts have taken him to
the Edinburgh, Munich, Schubertiade, Salzburg, and Tanglewood Festivals;
to the Lincoln Centre, New York; the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam; the Musikverein
and the Konzerthaus in Vienna; the Chatelet, Paris; the Wigmore Hall and
the BBC Proms in London; and tours to Australia, Korea and Japan.
Director of the Perth International Chamber
Music Festival in Australia from 2000 – 2003, Julius Drake was also
musical director in Deborah Warner’s staging of Janacek’s Diary
of One who Vanished, touring to New York, London, Dublin, Amsterdam and
Among the many outstanding vocal artists he
has partnered are Victoria de los Angeles, Sir Thomas Allen, Olaf Bär,
Barbara Bonney, Ian Bostridge, Alice Coote, Hugues Cuenod, Gerald Finley,
Matthias Goerne, Dame Felicity Lott, Wolfgang Holzmair, Lorraine Hunt Lieberson,
Simon Keenlyside, Angelika Kirschschlager, Edith Mathis, Thomas Quasthoff,
Joan Rodgers, Dorothea Röschmann, Michael Schade, and Willard White.
Instrumental collaborators at various international chamber music festivals
have included Christian Altenburger, Annette Bartholdi, Natalie Clein, Robert
Cohen, Michael Collins, Brett Dean, Chen Halevi, Steven Isserlis, Ernst
Kovacic, Henning Kraggerud, Priya Mitchell, Christian Poltera and Richard
Watkins while his duo with Nicholas Daniel has been described in The Independent
newspaper as “one of the most satisfying in British chamber music:
vital, thoughtful and confirmed in musical integrity of the highest order.”
Recordings include French song with Cuenod
(Chandos), French Sonatas with Daniel (Virgin), Britten Song with Lee Ragin
(Etcetera), Haydn Canzonettas with Genz (Edel), Schumann Lieder with Daneman
(EMI), Clarinet and Piano works with Johnson (ASV), Gurney songs with Agnew
(Hyperion), Sibelius songs with Karneus (Hyperion), Shostakovich sonatas
with Bartholdy (Naxos), Haydn, Schumann and Mahler with Coote (EMI) and
Barber with Finley. His award winning recordings with Bostridge on EMI (including
both the Gramophone and Edison Awards) include Schumann Lieder, two volumes
of Schubert Lieder, Henze’s Songs from the Arabian, Britten Canticles
(also with Daniels and Maltman) and The English Songbook.
Forthcoming discs include French song with
Dawson (Edel), Sibelius Songs vol 11 with Karneus (Hyperion), Songs of Charles
Ives with Finley (Hyperion) and Fauré, Poulenc and Debussy with Bostridge
and the Belcea Quartet (EMI).
Concert commitments include piano quintet
concerts with the Belcea, Maggini and Szymanowski String Quartets; concerts
in the Mondsee, Osnabrück, Oxford and Kuhmo chamber music festivals;
recitals in London, Lucerne, Madrid, Munich, Rome, Turin and Vienna with
Ian Bostridge; in Amsterdam with Thomas Quasthoff; in Basle with Katarina
Karneus; in New York with Simon Keenlyside; and at the Wigmore Hall, London
with Alice Coote, Joyce Didonato, Gerald Finley, Christianne Oelze, Mark
Padmore and Camilla Tilling.