Mark Padmore was born in London and grew up in Canterbury. After beginning his musical
studies on the clarinet, he was awarded a choral scholarship to King's College, Cambridge,
and graduated with an honors degree in music. He has established an international career,
most notably through his appearances in Bach Passions--especially his acclaimed
performances as the Evangelist in both the St. Matthew and St. John
Passions with the Berliner Philharmoniker and Sir Simon Rattle, staged by Peter
In the opera house, Mr. Padmore has worked with directors Peter Brook, Katie Mitchell,
Mark Morris, and Deborah Warner. Recent work includes the leading roles in Harrison
Birtwistle's The Corridor and The Cure at the Aldeburgh Festival and
Linbury Studio Theatre, Covent Garden; Handel's Jephtha for the Welsh and English
national operas; Captain Vere in Britten's Billy Budd; and the Evangelist in a
staging of the St. Matthew Passion for Glyndebourne Festival Opera.
In concert, Mr. Padmore has performed with the world's leading orchestras, including the
Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, Berliner Philharmoniker, New
York Philharmonic, Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal
Concertgebouw Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, and Orchestra of the Age of
Mr. Padmore has given recitals worldwide, performing the three Schubert song cycles in
London, Liverpool, Paris, Tokyo, Vienna, and New York City, as well as at the Schubertiade
in Schwarzenberg. His recital partners have included Jonathan Biss, Imogen Cooper, Julius
Drake, Till Fellner, Simon Lepper, Roger Vignoles, and Andrew West. Composers who have
written for Mr. Padmore include Sally Beamish, Harrison Birtwistle, Jonathan Dove, Thomas
Larcher, Nico Muhly, Alec Roth, Mark-Anthony Turnage, Huw Watkins, Ryan Wigglesworth, and
Mr. Padmore's extensive discography includes Beethoven's Missa solemnis and Haydn's Die
Schöpfung with Bernard Haitink and the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra on BR-Klassik; and
lieder by Beethoven, Haydn, and Mozart with Kristian Bezuidenhout for Harmonia Mundi. Other
Harmonia Mundi recordings include As Steals the Morn, a collection of Handel arias with The
English Concert (BBC Music Magazine Vocal Award); and Schubert cycles with Paul Lewis
(Winterreise, Gramophone Vocal Award).
Mr. Padmore was voted 2016 Vocalist of the Year by Musical America and was awarded an
honorary doctorate by University of Kent in 2014. He is artistic director of the St.
Endellion Summer Music Festival in Cornwall.