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Benedikt Kristjansson (Tenor)

Born: 1987 - Iceland

The Icelandic tenor, Benedikt Kristjansson, studied at Menntaskólinn við Hamrahlíð in Reykjavík, Iceland. He started his singing lessons at age of 16 with his mother, Margret Boasdottir at the Reykjavik Academy of Singing and Vocal Arts and graduated from the Reykjavík Conservatory of Music in 2007. For six years he was a member of the renowned high school choir Hamrahlidarkorinn, also appearing as a soloist. Since 2008 he studies with Professor Scot Weir at the Academy of Music Hanns Eisler Berlin, and has taken master-classes with Christa Ludwig, Peter Schreier, Elly Ameling, Robert Holl, Thomas Quasthoff, Andreas Schmidt and Helmut Deutsch.

Benedikt Kristjansson won the 1st prize of the International Bach Vocal Competition in Greifswald in 2011, and was also awarded the Audience Prize. He was the Winner of the Audience Award in the International Bach Competition in Leipzig 2012. With Guitarist Sergio Coto≠Blanco he won the 3rd Prize of the International Competition for Chamber Music with Guitar 2010 in Aschaffenburg. He was awarded the Prize of The Most Promising Young Artist in classical/modern music at the Icelandic Music Awards in 2012 and was granted a scholarship from the Jean Pierre Jaquilliat Fund in Reykjavik in 2012.

Benedikt Kristjansson has performed in numerous concerts; he sung the evangelist and tenor arias in the J.S. Bach's Passions (BWV 244, BWV 245) and Christmas Oratorio (BWV 248) in Reykjavik, Berlin, Oslo, Zürich, Den Haag and Jerusalem. In December 2012, he sang the title role in the childrenís opera Das tapfere Schneiderlein by Wolfgang Mitterer, in the Staatsoper Berlin. Also at the Staasoper he has sung the title role of Janacekís Diary of the one who Disappeared. At Theater Kiel he sung in the production of Atys by Jean-Baptitste Lully.

Benedikt Kristjansson has given lied recitals with Robert Schumann's Dichterliebe in Iceland, and Schubertís Die schöne Müllerin in Iceland and Germany. He currently lives in Berlin, Germany.

Source: Kirkjulistahátíð Website; Benedikt Kristjansson profile on Facebook
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (October 2016)

Benedikt Kristjansson: Short Biography | Recordings of Vocal Works under his name

Recordings of Bach Cantatas & Other Vocal Works




Hans-Christoph Rademann


C-5 (2016): BWV 126, BWV 79, BWV 236
[V-11] (2017, 2-DVD): BWV 244 [2nd recording, Evangelist]

Links to other Sites

Benedikt Kristjansson (Kirkjulistahátíð)
Benedikt Kristjansson (Official Website) [German]
Benedikt Kristjansson on Facebook

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