Precise vocal control, clear diction, intelligent musicality and an ability to get to the heart of everything he sings ensures Christoph Prégardien’s place among the world’s foremost lyric tenors. He performs regularly with orchestras from around the world, including the Vienna and Berlin Philharmonics, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam, Staatskapelle Dresden, and Gewandhausorchester Leipzig. His extensive orchestral repertoire includes the great baroque, classical and romantic oratorios, as well as seventeenth-century (Monteverdi, Purcell, Schütz) and twentieth-century works (Britten, Killmayer, Rihm, Stravinsky). Especially appreciated as a lieder singer, his engagements this season include US tour and recitals at Temple Church, Wigmore Hall, Concertgebouw, and the Schubertiade Schwarzenberg.
Born in Edinburgh, he studied at St. Catharine's College and the Royal College of Music. One of the leading piano accompanists of his generation, he has worked with many of the world’s greatest lieder singers. He has presented the complete Britten songs at Wigmore Hall, Debussy and Poulenc's at St. Johns Smith Square (which he has also recorded), and the Wolf lieder at the Edinburgh Festival. Martineau has performed in Europe’s most important festivals and concert halls, as well as Carnegie Hall and Alice Tully in New York and the Sydney Opera House. In 2004 he was appointed Doctor Honoris Causa by the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama and International Fellow of Accompaniment in 2009. In 2011 he served as artistic director of the Leeds Lieder Festival.