Mark Padmore was born in London, grew up in Canterbury and studied at King’s College, Cambridge, graduating with an honours degree in music. He has established an international career in opera, concert and recital, and his performances in Bach’s Passions have gained particular notice throughout the world. He regularly appears at many of the world’s leading opera houses (including the English National Opera, Welsh National Opera, Glyndebourne, La Monnaie, and Théâtre du Châtelet) and in concert with the Berlin, Vienna and New York Philharmonic orchestras, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the London Symphony and London Philharmonic orchestras, and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment.
Mark Padmore is increasingly well-known as a recitalist and has given recitals in many of the world’s best- loved halls, including London’s Wigmore Hall, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, New York’s Frick Collection, and Moscow’s Pushkin Museum. He works regularly with pianists Julius Drake, Roger Vignoles, Andrew West, Imogen Cooper, Till Fellner, and Paul Lewis. In addition, his work in the recording studio has attracted considerable acclaim, most notably for his Handel arias disc, As steals the morn... (harmonia mundi), which was awarded a BBC Music Magazine Vocal Award.