Magdalena Kožená was born in Brno. She studied at the Brno Conservatoire and with Eva
Blahová at the Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava. She was awarded several major
prizes in both the Czech Republic and internationally, culminating in the Sixth
International Mozart Competition in Salzburg in 1995.
Ms. Kožená is an exclusive artist with Deutsche Grammophon. Her first solo recital disc of
Dvořák, Janáček, and Martinů won a Gramophone Award in 2001. Other recordings
with Deutsche Grammophon include Mozart, Gluck, and Mysliveček arias with the Prague
Philharmonia and Michel Swierczewski; French arias with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra and
Marc Minkowski; Gluck's Paride ed Elena with the Gabrieli Consort and Paul
McCreesh; Lamento with Musica Antiqua Köln and Reinhard Goebel; an album of
works by Mozart with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and Sir Simon Rattle; a
Handel disc and a Vivaldi disc with the Venice Baroque Orchestra and Andrea Marcon; a
recital disc with pianist Malcolm Martineau; and Lettere Amorose with the
ensemble Private Musicke. Her most recent release Love and Longing includes
works by Mahler, Ravel, and Dvořák with the Berliner Philharmoniker and Sir Simon Rattle.
Her recording of Carmen was released by EMI Classics last summer. She was the
2004 Gramophone Artist of the Year and received another
Gramophone Award in 2009 for her recording of Martinů's "Julietta" Fragments
with Sir Charles Mackerras and the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra.
Ms. Kožená is well established as a major concert and recital artist. Recital appearances
have taken her to London, Paris, Brussels, Berlin, Amsterdam, Vienna, Hamburg, Lisbon,
Prague, Copenhagen, Tokyo, San Francisco, and New York's Alice Tully Hall and Carnegie
Hall. She has also appeared at the Munich, Salzburg, Lucerne, Schubertiade Schwarzenberg,
Aldeburgh, and Edinburgh festivals. Her colloaborators on piano have included Daniel
Barenboim, Yefim Bronfman, András Schiff, and Mitsuko Uchida.
Her concert appearances include the Berliner Philharmoniker, Orchestra of the Age of
Enlightenment, Rotterdams Philharmonisch Orkest, and The Philadelphia Orchestra with Sir
Simon Rattle; Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra with Mariss Jansons; Lucerne Festival Orchestra
with Claudio Abbado; Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra of Europe, and
Scottish Chamber Orchestra with Sir Charles Mackerras and Robin Ticciati; Vienna
Philharmonic Orchestra with Daniel Harding and Sir Simon Rattle; and Simón Bolívar Youth
Orchestra of Venezuela with Gustavo Dudamel.
Operatic engagements have included Octavian in Der Rosenkavalier, Mélisande in
Pelléas et Mélisande, and Lazuli in L'étoile for the Berlin State
Opera. At the Salzburg Festival, she has performed the title role in Carmen,
Zerlina in Don Giovanni, Idamantes in Idomeneo, and Dorabella in Così
fan tutte. At the Metropolitan Opera, she has sung Mélisande, Varvara (Káťa
Kabanová), Cherubino (Le nozze di Figaro), Dorabella, and Idamantes. For the
Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, she has sung the title role in La
In 2003, Ms. Kožená was awarded the title of Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres
by the French government.