PHILIP BJÖRKQVIST, Bass-Baritone
Philip Björkqvist is a native of the Åland Islands, Finland. He graduated with a Master’s degree in 2017 from the University College of Opera in Stockholm, where he studied with Robert Hyman. Prior to that, he received a Bachelor’s degree from the Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien Hannover. In 2012 he made his debut at Theater Osnabrück as Melisso in Händel's Alcina. He returned to the same opera house in 2013 in the role of Der Mut in Telemann's Der aus der Löwengrube errettete Daniel . In productions of the Hochschule he sang Seneca in L’Incoronazione di Poppea, Herr Olsen in Kurt Weill’s The street scene, Dr.Cajus in Die Lustigen Weiber von Windsor and Theseus in Britten’s Midsummer night’s dream. In 2014 he appeared as Il Carceriere in Puccini's Tosca at the Open Air Festival in Hannover with the Norddeutsche Rundfunk Symphony Orchestra. The performance was broadcast live on the TV channel NDR. The same year he sang with the NDR symphony orchestra once again, this time in a Mass based upon Mozart's Così fan tutte. In the summer of 2016 he sang Zuniga in Bizet's Carmen with the Berlin Opera Academy.
As a concert singer, Philip Björkqvist has performed bass parts in oratorios of Bach, Mozart, Telemann and Haydn and given recitals with German lieder, both in Finland and in Germany. He has received scholarships from the Anders Wall foundation, The Royal Music Academy in Sweden, the Yehudi Menuhin Foundation (LMN-Hannover), Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes, a.o.
In summer 2017 he will be performing Figaro in Le Nozze di Figaro in a production with Västerås Sinfonietta, under the baton of Anna-Maria Helsing, in Åland as well as in Västerås, Sweden.