Andreas Scholl

Biography

Born: November 10, 1967; Eltville, Germany  
Andreas Scholl is one of the world's leading countertenors and is, naturally, one of the best-known performers of Baroque vocal music. He was born in Eltville, Germany and grew up in Kiedrich, in the Rhine region of Germany. His father was the conductor of the Kiedricher Chorbuben (Kiedrich Choir Boys), the second oldest choir in Germany, in existence for over 650 years. Andreas and his siblings Johannes and Elisabeth all sang in the choir, and Read more Andreas therefore began his voice training there from age seven, but very little formal theory instruction.

Andreas was nearly 14 when his voice broke and settled down into a baritone speaking range. However, when the voice firmed up, he found he could still sing soprano parts in the choir. One of the vocal coaches who gave individual singing lessons to the boys soon recognized that Andreas no longer had a boy soprano voice, but a countertenor.

At that point Andreas began listening to recordings of countertenors, especially Alfred Deller and James Bowman. He and one of his school friends joined a rock group and composed music for it. They recorded two singles, neither of which made the charts. Scholl still retains an interest in composing and loves popular music.

Scholl began to think of singing as a career, and as a countertenor realized most of his opportunities would include early music. He attended the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis in Basle, Switzerland, one of the centers of older music studies, from 1987 to 1993. He soon overcame deficiencies in his theory and ear training preparation. He was a student of Richard Levitt and René Jacobs. He also had the benefit of interpretation classes with Emma Kirkby, Anthony Rooley, and Evelyn Tubb.

In 1993 his teacher René Jacobs fell ill and was unable to keep a concert commitment at the Théâtre de Grévin in France and recommended Scholl as his replacement. Scholl scored a major success in what amounted to his professional debut on an important international stage. He appeared with Jacobs in a live broadcast concert of Bach's St. John Passion. Going home on the train the night of the concert he met William Christie, a leading early music conductor, who had attended the concert and invited Scholl to sing on his planned recording of Handel's Messiah. The record was a great success and led to an extensive recording career.

He began exclusively as a concert singer, singing with the leading early music groups of Europe and elsewhere. It was not until 1998 that he first appeared in opera when he portrayed Bertarido in Handel's Rodelinda at the Glyndebourne Festival in England.

Along the way he won the Conseil de L'Europe and Claude Nicolas Ledoux Foundation awards in 1992. He has won numerous recording prizes, including a Gramophone Award for Vivaldi's Stabat Mater in 1996 and Caldara's Maddelena ai piedi di Cristo in 1997 for Best Baroque Vocal. In 1998 he won the Cannes Classical Award for a disc of German Baroque cantatas. He won the ECHO Classic Award in 1999, and in 1998 was the German Kultur Radio Artist of the Year. In December 1999, he sang at the Belgian royal wedding. In addition to continuing his concert and operatic career, Andreas Scholl has returned to the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis to teach as the successor to his instructor Richard Levitt. Read less
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    A Baroque Christmas
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 2908984 Release Date: 10/04/2019   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Marc-Antoine Charpentier,  Arcangelo Corelli,  Johann Rosenmüller  ... 
    Performer:  Dorothea Röschmann,  Andreas Scholl,  Werner Güra,  Klaus Häger  ... 
    Conductor:  René Jacobs,  Sébastien Daucé,  Chiara Banchini,  Konrad Junghänel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin RIAS Chamber Chorus,  Academy for Ancient Music Berlin,  Ensemble Correspondances  ... 
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    Bach 333: The Complete Edition
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002900400 Release Date: 10/26/2018   Number of Discs: 223
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Gerd Türk,  Monika Frimmer,  Robin Blaze,  Reinhard Hagen  ... 
    Conductor:  Joshua Rifkin,  Ton Koopman,  Masaaki Suzuki,  John Eliot Gardiner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Baroque Soloists,  Monteverdi Choir,  Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra  ... 
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    Generation Harmonia Mundi, Vol. 2: The Family Spirit
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 2908920 Release Date: 05/11/2018   Number of Discs: 18
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Pier Francesco Cavalli,  George Frideric Handel,  Emilio de Cavalieri  ... 
    Performer:  Andreas Scholl,  Dominique Visse,  Gilles Ragon,  Lawrence Zazzo  ... 
    Conductor:  Chiara Banchini,  René Jacobs,  David Bates,  Jean-Marc Aymes  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble 415,  Concerto Vocale,  Academy for Ancient Music Berlin  ... 
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    Vivaldi: Stabat mater & Gloria / Scholl, Salzburger Bachchor, Bach Consort Wien
    Label: Gramola   Catalog: 99165 Release Date: 04/06/2018   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Andreas Scholl,  Hanna Herfurtner,  Joowon Chung
    Conductor:  Ruben Dubrovsky
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bach Consort Wien,  Salzburg Bach Choir
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    Baroque Gold: 100 Great Tracks
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 4832158 Release Date: 06/30/2017   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Jean-Baptiste Lully,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Johann Pachelbel  ... 
    Performer:  Nigel North,  Christopher Hirons,  Christophe Rousset,  Ottavio Dantone  ... 
    Conductor:  Reinhard Goebel,  Philip Pickett,  Christopher Hogwood,  John Eliot Gardiner  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Antiqua Cologne,  New London Consort,  Academy of Ancient Music  ... 
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    Handel: Giulio Cesare / Scholl, Bartoli, Antonini
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002494909 Release Date: 05/20/2016   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  Andreas Scholl,  Cecilia Bartoli,  Anne Sofie von Otter,  Philippe Jaroussky
    Conductor:  Giovanni Antonini
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Il Giardino Armonico
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    Handel: Giulio Cesare / Scholl, Bartoli, Antonini [Blu-ray]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002494859 Release Date: 05/20/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  Anne Sofie von Otter,  Cecilia Bartoli,  Andreas Scholl,  Philippe Jaroussky
    Conductor:  Giovanni Antonini
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Il Giardino Armonico
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    Aria: Bach's Most Beautiful Arias
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002489302 Release Date: 05/06/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Christine Schäfer,  Magdalena Kozená,  Thomas Quasthoff,  Renée Fleming  ... 
    Conductor:  Sebastian Weigle,  Andreas Delfs,  John Eliot Gardiner,  Lars Ulrik Mortensen  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Antiqua Cologne,  Staatskapelle Dresden,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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    Paradisum: Serene Sacred Songs
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002464702 Release Date: 03/25/2016   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Gabriel Fauré,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Andrew Lloyd Webber  ... 
    Performer:  Luciano Pavarotti,  Renée Fleming,  Bryn Terfel,  Anna Netrebko  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge King's College Choir,  Voces8
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    The Decca Sound [Repackaged Edition]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002434502 Release Date: 01/29/2016   Number of Discs: 50
    Composer:  Manuel de Falla,  Claude Debussy,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Enrique Granados  ... 
    Performer:  Teresa Berganza,  Alfredo Campoli,  Vladimir Ashkenazy,  Cecilia Bartoli  ... 
    Conductor:  Ernest Ansermet,  Ataulfo Argenta,  Anatole Fistoulari,  Vladimir Ashkenazy  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Suisse Romande Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra  ... 
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    Wiegen Lieder [deluxe-box]
    Label: Carus   Catalog: 83025 Release Date: 11/13/2015   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Johann Abraham P. Schulz,  Johannes Brahms,  Karl Friedrich Curschmann,  Robert Schumann  ... 
    Performer:  Paul Kleber,  Lisa Trio Bassenge,  Michael Gees,  Ingeborg [Mezzo-Soprano Vocal] Danz  ... 
    Conductor:  Michel Alber,  Carola Bischoff,  Frieder Bernius
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Calmus Ensemble,  SWR Vocal Ensemble
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  • 12.
    Bach: Christmas Oratorio / Jacobs, Roschmann, Gura, Scholl
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 971630 Release Date: 06/10/2014   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Dorothea Röschmann,  Andreas Scholl,  Werner Güra,  Klaus Häger
    Conductor:  René Jacobs
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin RIAS Chamber Chorus,  Academy for Ancient Music Berlin
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    Handel: Messiah / Christie, Les Arts Florissants
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 501498 Release Date: 06/11/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  Sandrine Piau,  Mark Padmore,  Andreas Scholl,  Barbara Schlick  ... 
    Conductor:  William Christie
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Arts Florissants
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    Contre-tenors
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 5328 Release Date: 05/28/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Henry Purcell,  Christoph W. Gluck  ... 
    Performer:  Philippe Jaroussky,  David D. Q. Lee,  Dominique Visse,  Andreas Scholl  ... 
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    Handel: Rodelinda / Fleming, Scholl, Kaiser, Blythe, Bicket  [blu-ray]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001745209 Release Date: 11/06/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  Shenyang,  Joseph Kaiser,  Iestyn Davies,  Renée Fleming  ... 
    Conductor:  Harry Bicket
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
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    Handel: Rodelinda / Fleming, Scholl, Kaiser, Blythe, Bicket
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001745109 Release Date: 10/23/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  Andreas Scholl,  Stephanie Blythe,  Renée Fleming,  Joseph Kaiser  ... 
    Conductor:  Harry Bicket
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
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    Wanderer / Andreas Scholl, Tamar Halperin
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001752902 Release Date: 10/16/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Andreas Scholl,  Tamar Halperin
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  • 18.
    All-Baroque Box (From Monteverdi To Bach) [50-CD Limited Edition]
    Label: Archiv Produktion (Dg)   Catalog: 001719702 Release Date: 09/25/2012   Number of Discs: 50
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  George Frideric Handel,  Domenico Scarlatti,  Giovanni Battista Pergolesi  ... 
    Performer:  Peter Harvey,  Stephen Varcoe,  Anthony Rolfe Johnson,  Michael Chance  ... 
    Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner,  Paul McCreesh,  Marc Minkowski,  Trevor Pinnock  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Baroque Soloists,  Monteverdi Choir,  Gabrieli Consort  ... 
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    Classical 2012
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001675702 Release Date: 05/08/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Georges Bizet,  Giovanni Battista Pergolesi,  Francesco Cilča,  Giacomo Puccini  ... 
    Performer:  Andrea Bocelli,  Anna Netrebko,  Jonas Kaufmann,  Renée Fleming  ... 
    Conductor:  Myung-Whun Chung,  Antonio Pappano,  Marco Armiliato,  Daniele Callegari  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Fagiolini
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    Opera 2012
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001675802 Release Date: 05/08/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi,  Vincenzo Bellini,  Umberto Giordano,  Antonio Vivaldi  ... 
    Performer:  Andrea Bocelli,  Anna Netrebko,  Jonas Kaufmann,  Cecilia Bartoli  ... 
    Conductor:  Zubin Mehta,  Fabio Luisi,  Antonio Pappano,  Giovanni Antonini  ... 
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  • 21.
    Beauty Of The Baroque / Danielle De Niese
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001586902 Release Date: 01/10/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Dowland,  George Frideric Handel,  Henry Purcell,  Claudio Monteverdi  ... 
    Performer:  Danielle De Niese,  Andreas Scholl
    Conductor:  Harry Bicket
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Concert
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  • 22.
    Bach: Cantatas / Andreas Scholl, Kammerorchester Basel
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001605202 Release Date: 10/11/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Andreas Scholl
    Conductor:  Julia Schröder
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Basel Chamber Orchestra
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    The Opera Album 2011
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001566102 Release Date: 06/14/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Georges Bizet,  Giacomo Puccini,  Ruggero Leoncavallo,  Alfredo Catalani  ... 
    Performer:  Bryn [Bass-Baritone Vocal] Terfel,  Anna Netrebko,  Andrea Bocelli,  Jonas Kaufmann  ... 
    Conductor:  Barry Wordsworth,  Gianandrea Noseda,  Zubin Mehta,  Antonio Pappano  ... 
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    Label: Abc Classics   Catalog: 764056 Release Date: 12/21/2010   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel,  Tomaso Albinoni,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Franz Xaver Gruber  ... 
    Performer:  Yvonne Kenny,  Andreas Scholl,  Belinda Montgomery,  Sara [Soprano Vocals] Macliver  ... 
    Conductor:  Paul Dyer
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    O Solitude - Purcell / Andreas Scholl, Accademia Bizantina
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001492302 Release Date: 11/30/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Henry Purcell
    Performer:  Andreas Scholl,  Christophe Dumaux
    Conductor:  Stefano Montanari
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Accademia Bizantina
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