Patrick Grahl

Patrick Grahl, who was born in Leipzig, was initially a member of the Thomanerchor under Georg Christoph Biller, then received his singing training there at the Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy Music Academy with Berthold Schmid and completed his studies with the master class exam (with distinction). Master classes with Peter Schreier, Gotthold Schwarz, Gerd Türk, KS Ileana Cotrubas and Prof. Karl-Peter Kammerlander gave him important impulses for his artistic development.

While still a student he was able to master and perform roles such as Alfred (Strauß: Die Fledermaus), Tamino (Mozart: Die Zauberflöte) and Albert (Britten: Albert Herring). He has also appeared as a young servant in Richard Strauss’ Elektra, in Richard Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde as the shepherd/voice of a young sailor at the Opéra National de Lyon and as Don Ottavio (Mozart: Don Giovanni) at the Teatro La Fenice in Venice.

In 2016 the tenor won 1st prize at the XX. International Johann Sebastian Bach Competition in Leipzig. He is now a much sought-after oratorio and concert singer and has made guest appearances with orchestras such as the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, the Dresden Philharmonic, the NDR Radio Philharmonic, the Gürzenich Orchestra in Cologne, the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, the Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della RAI di Torino and the London Symphony Orchestra conducted by conductors such as Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Daniele Gatti, Hartmut Haenchen, Ludwig Güttler, Ton Koopman, Andrew Manze, Leopold Hager, Omer Meir Wellber, Stefano Montanari and Hans-Christoph Rademann. He is still closely connected to the Thomanerchor and the Dresdner Kreuzchor.

There are interesting projects in the calendar: in Bucharest he sings the St. John Passion, the St. Matthew Passion in Hamburg under Jörg Endebrock and Leipzig under Andreas Reize; in Cologne Haydn’s Timpani Mass under Manfred Honeck; in Munich the Christmas Oratorio under Andreas Scholl; as well as to Stuttgart, Ludwigsburg and Vienna under Hans-Christoph Rademann and as Jaquino in Mozart’s Fidelio, a tour through Brussels, London and Paris with the Insula Orchestra under Laurence Equilbey takes him. In addition to his numerous engagements on the concert and opera stage, Patrick Grahl attaches great importance to chamber music projects and recitals. He works with pianists such as Daniel Heide and Klara Hornig, among others.

Until 2013 Patrick Grahl was a scholarship holder of the Friedrich-Ebert-Foundation, Bonn. In 2014 he won first prize in the Early Music Advancement Award from Saarland Radio and the Saarland Academy for Early Music with the Ensemble Barockwerk Ost. He was also a member of the men’s quartet Thios Omilos until 2018. Since then he has only worked as a soloist.