Julia Kirchner
SOPRAN

Julia Kirchner, soprano, specialises in the performance of early music, German Lieder and French mélodies and is particularly fascinated by the art of baroque gesture. Through her performances, she aims to revive this art and to expose forgotten musical treasures to new audiences. She has curated several projects with her baroque ensemble, scenitas, and in collaboration with other groups.

Julia was born in Thringia, Germany, and currently lives in Basel, Switzerland. She studied classical singing, early music and historical performance, vocal pedagogy, Lied-interpretation as well as romance languages in Leipzig, Basel, London, Rome and Weimar. Amongst her teachers are Jeanette Favaro-Reuter, Ulrich Messthaler, Karl-Peter Kammerlander, Penelope MacKay and Sara Mingardo. Furthermore, working with Margreet Honig, Susanne Scholz, Sigiswald Kuijken and Sigrid T'Hooft was very inspiring for her singing career. 

An experienced concert singer and recitalist, Julia's broad repertoire ranges from renaissance to 21st- century music. She performs regularly as a soloist throughout Europe and has sung at numerous major international festivals including Bachfest Leipzig, Händel-Festspiele Halle and Schwetzinger Festspiele (Germany), La Chaise-Dieu, Festival d'Ambronay and Musique & Mémoire (France), Styriarte Graz (Austria), Festival Anima Mundi Pisa (Italy) as well as Festival AMUZ (Belgium).

Apart from her appearances as a soloist with prominent orchestras such as Gewandhausorchester Leipzig or with conductors such as Michael Schneider and Frieder Bernius, Julia enjoys singing in soloistic ensembles. Particularly inspiring for her was performing with Sigiswald Kuijken, with Cantus Cölln directed by Konrad Junghänel, with Weser-Renaissance Bremen under Manfred Cordes, with La Capella Ducale & Musica Fiata under Roland Wilson as well as with Balthasar-Neumann-Chor & -Solisten directed by Pablo Heras-Casado.

Long-standing collyborations include work with French ensemble Les Timbres. With the pianist Nao Aiba she forms the LiedduoWeimar. As a co-founder of the ensemble Camerata Bachiensis she has dedicated herself to the Central German repertoire around Johann Sebastian Bach.

Her roles on stage include Ottavia - L'incoronazione die Poppea (Monteverdi), Proserpine - title role (Lully), Aminta - Aminta e Fillide (Händel), Venus - Adonis (Kusser), Vespetta - Pimpinone (Telemann) and the witch - Hänsel und Gretel (Humperdinck). 

Julia was a prize-winner and finalist of several international competitions. She performs regularly on Radio and TV and has recorded several CDs, the most recent being a recording of Monteverdi's Selva morale e spirituale with Pablo Heras-Casado (Harmonia Mundi).

Her projects in 2018 include a concert performance of Purcell's Dido and Aeneas (as Belinda) in Basel, the programme The blissful Twins Milton & Händel with her baroque ensemble scenitas within the Händel-Festspiele Halle (baroque gesture and stage direction: Sigrid T'Hooft) as well as Telemann's dramatic cantata Ino.

CV Julia Kirchner 2014  Vita to download as pdf (English version)

 

Short version

Soprano Julia Kirchner studied classical singing, early music, vocal pedagogy, Lied-interpretation, and romance languages in Leipzig, Basel, London, Rome and Weimar. Amongst her teachers are Jeanette Favaro-Reuter, Ulrich Messthaler, Karl-Peter Kammerlander, Penelope MacKay und Sara Mingardo in Leipzig. Furthermore, working with Margreet Honig, Susanne Scholz, Sigiswald Kuijken and Sigrid T'Hooft was very inspiring for her singing career.

As a soloist she has been invited to perform througout Europe in prestigious festivals, such as Händel-Festspiele Halle and Schwetzinger Festspiele (Germany), Styriarte Graz (Austria) as well as La Chaise-Dieux, Festival d'Ambronay and Musique & Mémoire (France). She has worked with ensembles such as Cantus Cölln, Weser-Renaissance Bremen, Balthasar-Neumann-Chor & -Solisten, Camerata BachiensisLes Timbres and conductors such as Sigiswald Kuijken, Konrad Junghänel, Pablo Heras-Casado, Michael Schneider, Roland Wilson, Manfred Cordes and Frieder Bernius.

Julia was a prize-winner and finalist of several international competitions. She performs regularly on Radio and Television and has recorded several CDs.

The soprano particularly loves the process of discovering forgotten musical treasures and giving them new life in performance, all the while sharing her enthusiasm for this music with her audiences. Therefore she increasingly works – together with her ensembles scenitas and LiedduoWeimar as well as further groups – on the realization of own projects.