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The active international career of bass singer Joel Frederiksen includes appearances in opera, oratorio, and concert on stages around the world.
As an operatic soloist he has appeared at prestigious festivals including the Salzburg Summer Festival (under Dennis Russel Davies in Kurt Weill‘s Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagony) or the Vancouver Summer Festival, where he played the role of Plutone in Monteverdi‘s Orfeo under Paul O‘Dette and Stephen Stubbs.
At the Hong Kong Arts Festival he performed in Monteverdi‘s L‘incoronazione di Poppea and Orfeo with the Ensemble for Early Music, NY. Mr. Frederiksen performed in the staged medieval music dramas Lazarus as well as Daniel and the Lions at Australia’s Brisbane Arts Festival and in New York and Washington, DC. He appeared at the Passau Music Festival with the Orpheus Choir of Munich singing Giacomo Carissimi‘s Jephthe and as the narrator/bass soloist in the premiere of Be Still, composed by Lawrence Traiger on the theme of “September 11“.
As an oratorio soloist Mr. Frederiksen has sung Johann Sebastian Bach‘s B-minor mass with Jordi Savall and La Capella Reial de Catalunya in Spain.
He has also closely co-operated with orchestras such as New York‘s Fairfield Orchestra and the Atlanta Baroque Orchestra, with which he appeared as Jesus in Bach‘s St. John Passion and Polyphemus in Georg Friedrich Handel‘s Acis and Galatea. With the Freiburger Baroque Orchestra and Orlando di Lasso Ensemble he performed Claudio Monteverdi‘s Marienvespers and Biber‘s Requiem.
As a bass singer he has worked with many internationally recognized ensembles including the Huelgas Ensemble, Ensemble Gilles Binchois, and Musica fiata. As a member of the American ensembles Waverly Consort and Boston Camerata he toured extensively and recorded over a dozen CDs during the 1990s, living in New York City. His contribution to the catalogue of recorded music includes CDs for Erato, Virgin/EMI, Angel, RCA and Sony.
Mr. Frederiksen and his Ensemble Phoenix Munich record for harmonia mundi France. Three CDs released since 2007 show different aspects of his work: The Elfin Knight, O felice morire and Rose of Sharon. A fourth CD, Requiem for a Pink Moon--An Elzabethan Tribute to Nick Drake, is planned for release in May of 2012.
As a lute player and singer Mr. Frederiksen has made a specialty of the self-accompanied lute song. He is a regular guest around Europe with programs of English, French and Italian music for bass voice and Renaissance lute and archlute.
In May of 2011 Mr. Frederiksen was awarded the Orphée d'Or by the French Académie du Disque Lyrique in the Bastille Opera, Paris, for his basso profondo singing on a CD with the English soprano Dame Emma Kirkby.
Other awards include "Classical musician of the Year 2008" from the Munich Evening News and numerous honors for CDs including the German Critic's Prize for O felice morire--Early Baroque Italian Monody.
Joel Frederiksen‘s education includes the Master‘s Degree from Oakland University in Michigan, where he was honored with the Distinguished Musicianship Award (1990) and Alumni of the Year in Music (2003), master classes at Salzburg‘s Mozarteum with Helena Lazarska, and in New York, independent studies at New York University and private study in the studios of William Schumann and Myron McPherson.