NEW ARTIST: tenor Ilker Arcayürek joins the Rayfield Allied roster for general management

17 September 2021

We're delighted to announce that Ilker Arcayürek has joined the Rayfield Allied roster for general management.

Tenor Ilker Arcayürek has emerged as one of the most exciting and versatile vocal artists in recent years – hailed by the press for his “golden tenor” (Opera Now Magazine) and quickly establishing himself “in a class of his own” (The Guardian). He is a winner of the International Art Song Competition of Germany’s Hugo Wolf Academy, a finalist of the 2015 BBC Cardiff Singer of the World, was a BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist and was also selected to perform at Ronaldo Vilazon’s “Stars of Tomorrow” for ARTE.

Watch Ilker perform with Soloists from Berliner Philharmoniker, Camera Musicae Orchestra and Simon Halsey at the Palau de la Música Catalana 2021.

On the concert platform he has worked with orchestras such as Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Tonkünstler-Orchester, Tokyo Philharmonic, RSO Vienna, Orchestre National de Belgique, Orchestre National de Lyon, Danish Chamber Orchestra, Netherlands Radio Philharmonic, Antwerp Symphony, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Royal Northern Sinfonia under conductors such as Mariss Jansons, Ivor Bolton, Laurence Equilbey, Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla, Philippe Herreweghe, Riccardo Minasi, Mikhail Pletnev, Lars Vogt and Adam Fischer. Recent highlights have included Britten Serenade with the Amsterdam Sinfonietta and Felix Kleiser, the tenor arias in the St Matthew Passion at the Palau in Barcelona under Simon Halsey with Soloists from Berliner Philharmoniker, Mozart Requiem at the Vienna Konzerthaus and with the Antwerp Symphony and Beethoven 9 with the RSO Wien under Marin Alsop.

This season and beyond he will return to the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks under Philippe Jordan, perform Schumman’s Das Paradies und die Peri with the Symphonischer Chor Hamburg at the Elbphilharmonie, Haydn’s Die Schöpfung with WDR Koln and Mozart Mass in C with the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin as well as concerts with Orchestre des Champs-Élysées and Collegium Vocale Ghent (Dvorak Requiem, Beethoven Missa Solemnis and Schuman Das Paradis und die Peri). On the opera stage this season he will make his Canadian Opera Company debut as Tamino Die Zauberflöte and for Opera Vlaanderen and Opéra National de Montpellier performing the roles of Ariel, Pater Ecstaticus in Schumann’s Szenen aus Goethes Faust.

Alongside his commitments to symphonic and operatic repertoire, Ilker is a passionate exponent of Lied, working with pianists such as Simon Lepper, Hartmut Höll, Ammiel Bushakevitz, Daniel Heide and Wolfram Rieger. He has given recitals at the Edinburgh International Festival, Wigmore Hall, the Schubertiada Vilabertran, deSingel Antwerp, at the Innsbruck Festwochen and the Bibliotheksaal Polling. He made his highly anticipated United States recital debut in February 2019 at the Park Avenue Armory in New York and with San Francisco Performances, accompanied by pianist Simon Lepper and the duo will return there for a recital this season. Other future recital dates include those at Oxford Lieder, Schubertiade, Life Victoria Barcelona (Die schone Mullerin) and Hospitalhof Stuttgart as part of the Hugo Wolf Akademie.

In 2017 Champs Hill Records released his first solo album “Der Einsame”, featuring Schubert songs accompanied by Simon Lepper, to great critical acclaim. His latest recording with Simon titled “Path of Life” for Prospero Classical has recently been nominated for 2 OPUS KLASSIK Awards.

“This BBC New Generation Artist sings with such freshness and sincerity that even his melancholy is sweetly compelling […] There is immense potential from this tenor, who has clearly worked hard to get inside these songs, yet doesn’t overburden the poetry with too many artful effects. Schubert, who saw his songs performed casually in living rooms among friends, would love this wonderfully intimate recording.” Neil Fisher, The Times 5 (CD: SCHUBERT Der Einsame with Simon Lepper, Champs Hill Records)

We are thrilled to welcome Ilker to the Rayfield Allied roster, where he will be managed by Nicki Wenham and Sophie Richardson.

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