artistic director, bass and lutes
The activities of Joel Frederiksen are many-faceted. As a bass singer he has performed with Jordi Savall, Paul O`Dette, and Stephen Stubbs and with the ensembles Musica fiata, Freiburger Baroque Orchestra, Josquin Capella, Hassler Consort, Ensemble Gilles Binchois, and Huelgas Ensemble. From 1990-99 in America he was a member of two distinguished ensembles for early music, The Waverly Consort and the Boston Camerata. Mr. Frederiksen has recorded over 25 CDs for major record labels and has toured around the world. His solo CD, Orpheus, I am, was received to critical acclaim in the US and Europe. 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. His coloratura basso profundo voice with its wide range, and his expressive performances have earned him worldwide acclaim.
Mr. Frederiksen and Ensemble Phoenix Munich record for harmonia mundi France. Four CDs released since 2007 show different aspects of his work: The Elfin Knight, O felice morire, Rose of Sharon and Requiem for a Pink Moon-- An Eilzabethan Tribute to Nick Drake.
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.