Patrick Grahl

Born in Leipzig, Patrick Grahl was initially a member of the St Thomas Choir of Leipzig under Georg Christoph Biller; he then went on to complete his singing training at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy with Berthold Schmid. He has attended masterclasses by Peter Schreier, Gotthold Schwarz, Gerd Türk, Ileana Cotrubaș and Karl-Peter Kammerlander which gave him decisive momentum for his artistic development.

In 2016, Grahl won First Prize at the International Johann Sebastian Bach Competition. He is much in demand as an oratorio and concert singer and has been invited to perform as soloist with orchestras such as the Gewandhausorchester, Dresden Philharmonic, NDR Radio Philharmonic, Gürzenich-Orchester Köln, Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia and London Symphony Orchestra. He has worked with conductors such as John Eliot Gardiner, Daniele Gatti, Hartmut Haenchen, Ludwig Güttler, Ton Koopman, Andrew Manze, Omer Meir Wellber, Stefano Montanari, Hans-Christoph Rademann and Leopold Hager, while keeping close ties with the St Thomas Choir and Dresdner Kreuzchor.

Highlights of the 2022/2023 season included the role of Alfonso in Schubert’s Alfonso und Estrella in Helsinki and Budapest, a tour of Bach’s Christmas Oratorio across Germany and Spain, Mendelssohn’s Lobgesang under Paavo Järvi in Zurich and Munich, Mozart’s Vesperae Solennes de Dominica as well as Coronation Mass under Hans-Christoph Rademann, Bach’s Herr, Gehe Nicht Ins Gericht as well as Verhulst’s Mass at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw under Aapo Häkkinen, St Matthew Passion on tour with Musik Podium Stuttgart and RIAS Kammerchor, and the role of Jaquino in a concert version of Beethoven’s Fidelio under Paavo Järvi with Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich.

Grahl is involved in a major project of the International Bach Academy in the 2022/2023 and 2023/2024 seasons: a complete Bach cantata cycle will be performed and recorded on CD under Hans-Christoph Rademann. In addition to his numerous engagements on the concert and opera stage, he attaches great importance to chamber music projects and recitals. Among others, he is a guest at the Schubertiade in Schwarzenberg together with Daniel Heide. A CD of lieder was recently released on the AVI label.

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