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Dann Coakwell (Tenor)

Born: Belton, Texas, USA

The Amercan tenor, Dann Coakwell, holds Artist Diploma in Vocal Performance from the Yale School of Music and Institute of Sacred Music, Master of Music degree from Texas Tech University, and Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Texas at Austin.

Dann Coakwell has been praised as a "clear-voiced and eloquent … vivid storyteller" (The New York Times), with "a gorgeous lyric tenor that could threaten or caress on the turn of a dime" (The Dallas Morning News). He can be heard as a soloist on the Grammy-winning Conspirare: The Sacred Spirit of Russia, 2014 (Harmonia Mundi) and Grammy-nominated Conspirare: A Company of Voices, 2009 (Harmonia Mundi). He has performed as a soloist internationally and nationally under such acclaimed conductors as Helmuth Rilling, Masaaki Suzuki, William Christie, María Guinand, Nicholas McGegan, Matthew Halls and Craig Hella Johnson.

Dann Coakwell has performed many times at Carnegie Hall (both Stern/Perelman and Zankel stages) and Lincoln Center (both Alice Tully and Avery Fisher halls), as well as Saint Thomas Church Fifth Avenue and Trinity Church Wall Street, in New York. He has appeared as a soloist with organizations such as Internationale Bachakademie Stuttgart in Germany, Bach Collegium Japan (across Europe, Mexico, and Japan), Orquesta Sinfónica de Venezuela, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra in San Francisco, Oregon Bach Festival, and Conspirare. He has also shared the solo stage with such celebrated singers as Thomas Quasthoff, Rufus Müller, and Robin Blaze.

Specializing in the Evangelist and tenor roles of J.S. Bach, Dann Coakwell frequently performs the composer’s major oratorios - St. Matthew Passion (BWV 244), St. John Passion (BWV 245), Christmas Oratorio (BWV 248) and Mass in B minor (BWV 232) - as well as many of J.S. Bach's cantatas. An enthusiast of Benjamin Britten, Coakwell has appeared in several productions of B. Britten's Canticles, Serenade for Tenor, Horn, and Strings, and St. Nicolas. Other prominent solo and titular roles performed also include: Rameau’s Pigmalion; George Frideric Handel's Samson, Judas Maccabaeus, Israel in Egypt, Alexander’s Feast, and Messiah; Haydn's Creation and Missa in Angustiis; W.A. Mozart'st Requiem and Mass in c (Levin, Beyer, and Süssmayr completions); Felix Mendelssohn's Elijah; and L.v. Beethoven's Missa Solemnis.

Dann Coakwell also serves as instructor of voice at Yale University, and has made guest teaching artist residencies at institutions such as El Teatro Teresa Carreño in Venezuela University of Missouri Kansas City, Dartmouth College, Texas State University, and University of Idaho. He lived in Austin, Texas, for 11 years (1995-2006), then Lubbock, Texas for 3 years (2006-2009), before moving to New Haven, Connecticut, where he has now lived for the past 6.5 years (2009-present).

Source: The Artist (December 2015)
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Dann Coakwell (December 2015)

Recordings of Bach Cantatas & Other Vocal Works




Helmuth Rilling


BWV 7 [2nd, 2011, Video], BWV 26 [2nd, 2011, Video], BWV 81 [2nd, 2011, Video]
Excerpts from the Bach's Passions [2011, Video],
BWV 244 [5th, Video, 2012]

Stephen Sands


Video: BWV 245 [2015, Evangelist]

Links to other Sites

Dann Coakwell, Tenor (Official Website)
Dann Coakwell Channel on SoundCloud


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