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Joel Frederiksen is a bass singer and lutenist living in Munich, Gemany. He has performed with leaders in the early music world including Emma Kirkby, Jordi Savall, Paul O’Dette and Stephen Stubbs, and with the ensembles Musica fiata, Freiburger Barockorchester, Josquin Capella, Ensemble Gilles Binchois and Huelgas Ensemble. Joel studied voice and lute in New York and Michigan, where he received his master’s degree, working closely with early music specialist Dr. Lyle Nordstrom. From 1990 to 1999 he was a member of two distinguished ensembles for early music in the United States, The Waverly Consort and the Boston Camerata. As a singer who plays the lute and archlute, Joel Frederiksen is a leading interpreter of music by the English lutenist songwriters and of early Italian Baroque music. His wide-ranging basso profundo voice and expressive performances have earned him worldwide acclaim.
For many years Joel Frederiksen has dedicated himself intensively to his speciality, the self-accompanied lute song. After moving to Germany, he established Ensemble Phoenix Munich in 2003 for the recording of his first solo CD Orpheus, I am, a programme of Renaissance and early Baroque music from England, Italy and France. Ensemble Phoenix Munich specializes in music from the Renaissance and Baroque, presenting highly focused programs related to specific themes (Fire--Passion in English Lute Song) or composers (Author of Poetry and Song: Thomas Campion). Excursions into the early music of Joel Frederiksen's home country, The United States of America, resulted in the highly praised harmonia mundi CD, Rose of Sharon (Billboard Top Ten, 2011 release), and the program 1621: Music of the Mayflower (premiere September 2012; music of the Pilgrims, including Native American singers and dancers).
The Elfin Knight, his debut CD for harmonia mundi France with EPM, was released in August 2007, and in January of 2008 he was awarded the title, "Classical Music’s Star of the Year", by Munich's Evening News (Abendzeitung). In November 2008 he received the German Record Critics' Prize for his second harmonia mundi release, O felice morire. Joel Frederiksen received the French critics prize Orphée d'Or in May 2011 for his singing on a CD of solos and duets with soprano, Dame Emma Kirkby. EPMs harmonia mundi CD, Requiem for a Pink Moon (May 2012), received Best of Year nominations and the German ECHO-Klassik Prize (Category: "Classics without limits") in October of 2013. With soprano Sabine Lutzenberger and tenor Bernd Oliver Fröhlich, Joel Frederiksen made a CD of music of German Minnesänger, Oswald von Wolkenstein, newly interpreted (Reflections; SONY/DHM 2013). His alma mater, Oakland University, honored him as one of the Distinguished Alumni in a ceremony held Fall 2012.