The tenor Mark Padmore, who initially trained as a clarinetist and pianist, is one of the foremost lieder and concert singers of our time. His rarer appearances on the opera stage, such as in works by Mozart and Benjamin Britten, also leave a deep impression on a regular basis.
As intense a singer as he is an actor, Padmore was one of the contributors to Peter Sellars’s stagings of Bach’s St. Matthew and St. John Passions which were performed by the Berliner Philharmoniker under the direction of Sir Simon Rattle from 2010, including in Berlin, Salzburg and New York. As artist in residence of the Philharmoniker during the 2017/2018 season, the artist presented an extensive programme which included performances in oratorios by Haydn and Schumann as well as recitals and concerts with chamber ensembles. Padmore, who has had works dedicated to him by composers such as Harrison Birtwistle, Mark-Anthony Turnage and Thomas Larcher, performs the lieder cycles of German Romanticism at the major classical music venues, regularly collaborating with pianists Paul Lewis and Kristian Bezuidenhout.