B I O G R A P H Y
Born in the Czech Republic, the bass Jan Martinik has won several prizes, including – in 2009 – the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Song Prize.
In the past eight years, Jan has been a soloist of Berlin’s Staatsoper Under den Linden, the oldest opera house in Germany, singing in the roles of Brander (La damnation de Faust), Colline (La Bohéme), Eremit (Der Freischütz), Father Trulove (The Rake’s Progress), Pistola (Falstaff), Sarastro (Die Zauberflöte), and many others. He has also worked with Komische Oper Berlin, Prague’s National Theatre, and Vienna’s Volksoper.
A regular guest with the Czech Philharmonic, Jan has recently made appearances with the Bamberger Symphoniker, BBC Symphony Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, LSO, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, and Staatskapelle Dresden, to name but a few.
Jan has sung under some of the world’s most prominent maestros, including – repeatedly – under Daniel Barenboim, Jiri Belohlavek, Semyon Bychkov, Manfred Honeck, Jakub Hrusa, Fabio Luisi, Zubin Mehta and Sir Simon Rattle.
Jan’s recording of Schubert’s Winterreise, which was recently released by Supraphon, received five Diapasons and his recording of Dvorak’s Biblical Songs with the Czech Philharmonic and Jiri Belohlavek will be released on the Decca label in early 2020. He is also one of the soloists on the Czech Philharmonic’s recording of Martinu’s Epos of Gilgamesh (released by Supraphon in 2017) and on Collegium 1704’s recording of Donizetti’s Requiem.
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