A proven Schubertian recitalist, Ian Bostridge belongs to those talented performers of the German romantic Lied, just like baritone Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau.
Ian Bostridge studied philosophy and history at the prestigious universities of Cambridge and Oxford, while receiving singing lessons at the Britten–Pears School in Aldeburgh. Following his PhD in 1990, he chose to devote himself entirely to singing. After being among the finalists of the Kathleen Ferrier and Richard Tauber competitions, he then specialised with Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau.
Invited by pianist Graham Johnson to take part in Young Songmakers Series in London, Ian Bostridge won a scholarship that allowed him to launch his career. In love with the Schubertian Lied his entire life, he chose, of course, to perform Winter Journey for his first recital, first in London in 1993 and then at the Aldeburgh Festival the following year. In 1995, Bostridge performed for the first time in Covent Garden in Salome by Richard Strauss, staged by Luc Bondy.
For 20 years, he has been wowing an international audience during the recitals he regularly gives with Norwegian pianist Leif Ove Andsnes, but also alongside the most highly esteemed orchestras, such as the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Boston Symphony, the London Symphony, the New York Philharmonic, the MET orchestra, without forgetting the Orchestre National de France.
Ian Bostridge recorded a varied repertoire: Franz Schubert, Henry Purcell, Claudio Monteverdi, Jean-Sébastien Bach, Benjamin Britten, but also Thomas Adès and Michael Nyman.
6 landmark dates in the life of Ian Bostridge
1997: his thesis Witchcraft and its Transformations: 1650-1750 was published by Oxford University Press.
1998: he performed The Illuminations by Britten at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, together with the Orchestre National de France under the direction of Yann-Pascal Tortelier.
2000: he created the Six Songs by Hans Werner Henze.
2004: he was awarded an Order of Merit.
2015: his work Schubert’s Winter Journey: Anatomy of an Obsession was published by Faber and Faber.
Biography by Radio France, December 2015.