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Julian Podger (Tenor, Choral Conductor)

Born: England

The English tenor and conductor, Julian Podger, was educated in Kassel, Germany, where upon leaving school, he first established himself as a solo singer and conductor. In 1987 he took up a Choral Award to read Music at Trinity College, Cambridge. There, in addition to his many commitments as a solo singer, he was instrumental in the development of the early music scene, and concerts under his direction gained widespread recognition, aided by the use of historical performance practice. As part of his post-graduate studies he carried out research into the performance practice of Tudor church music, and he continues to direct performances of mainly ďearlyĒ music with his vocal ensemble, Trinity Baroque, experimenting with both historical and new approaches.

As an oratorio soloist Julian Podger is now much in demand in England and abroad, particularly Germany. He has recorded the arias of J.S. Bachís St. John Passion (BWV 245) with The Scholars Baroque Ensemble and regularly performs as Evangelist, high points being a tour to the Canary Islands with J.S. Bachís St. Matthew Passion (BWV 244) and a performance of the same in St. Johnís, Smith Square, London. He has appeared regularly as a soloist for Paul McCreesh, Christopher Hogwood, John Eliot Gardiner and with Musica Antiqua Köln under Reinhard Goebel. He made a tout to Japan as Lucano in Monteverdiís Líincoronazione di Poppea with The Purcell Quartet Opera Project and J.S. Bach's Cantatas with Andrew Parrott and the Taverner Consort at Bachwoche Ansbach. He has appeared in many major concert venues, including the Royal Albert Hall and the Barbican, London, the Mozarteum, Salzburg and the Konzerthaus, Vienna. He regularly performs in music festivals across Europe, working with Philippe Herreweghe, Reinhard Goebel and Frieder Bernius.

Also an ensemble singer, Julian Podger is a member of one of the wordís leading medieval ensembles, Gothic Voices, under Christopher Page, and a regular member of The Gabrieli Consort, London Baroque, The Tallis Scholars (Director: Peter Phillips) and The Harp Consort.

Besides running his own ensemble Trinity Baroque, Julian Podger was recently appointed Choral Conductor for Florilegium, and has since directed their choir and orchestra in various baroque works, including J.S. Bachís Christmas Oratorio (BWV 248) in St. Pancras Church, London, and the Canary Islands in which he also sang the tenor solos, Purcellís Dido and Aeneas at the Sablé-sur-Sarthe festival and most recently George Frideric Handelís Israel in Egypt at the Noirlac Festival, France. Future conducting projects include further performances of Messiah, Georg Philipp Telemannís Brockes Passion (TWV 5:1) and Purcellís King Arthur.

Julian Podger's recent recordings include Bach Cantatas and Psalm settings by Lili Boulanger, both with John Eliot Gardiner. He and has recently been invited to sing for Andrew Parrott in a forthcoming recording.

Source: Gothic Voices Website; Programme notes to a concert of The Israel Camerata (June 2002)
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (May 2001)

Julian Podger: Short Biography | Recordings of Vocal Works

Recordings of Bach Cantatas & Other Vocal Works




Ute Debus


BWV 232

John Eliot Gardiner


BWV 16, BWV 73, BWV 98, BWV 111, BWV 133, BWV 139, BWV 156
BWV 3, BWV 13, BWV 155

John Eliot Gardiner


Member of Monteverdi Choir:
C-10 (1998);
BWV 133
BCP Vol. 19: CD-1:
BWV 155, BWV 3, BWV 13; CD-2: BWV 26, BWV 81, BWV 14, BWV 227
BCP Vol. 20: CD-2:
BWV 18, BWV 181, BWV 126
BCP Vol. 21: CD-1:
BWV 22, BWV 23, BWV 127, BWV 159
PCP Purification:
BWV 83, BWV 125

Thomas Hengelbrock


BWV 12

Paul McCreesh


Member of Gabrieli Consort:
Epiphany Mass:
BWV 65, BWV 180, BWV 233, BWV 238

Andrew Parrott


BWV 198, BWV 227, BWV 229

Philippe Pierlot


BWV 4 [3rd], BWV 106 [3rd], BWV 161 [w/ Ricercar Consort]

Scholars Baroque Ensemble


BWV 225-230, BWV 245

Peter Seymour


BWV 244b

Jos van Veldhoven


BWV 244 [2nd]

Links to other Sites

Gothic Voices: Biographies
Julian Podger (Swanberry Music)

Raphi's Serious Singers List : Tenors : Julian Podger

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