One of the leading mezzo-sopranos of her generation, Magdalena Kožená was born in Brno and studied in her hometown and in Bratislava.
Her recital appearances have taken her to London, Paris, Brussels, Berlin, Amsterdam, Vienna, Tokyo, San Francisco, to New York’s Alice Tully and Carnegie halls, and the leading European festivals – working with pianists including Daniel Barenboim, Yefim Bronfman, Malcolm Martineau, András Schiff and Mitsuko Uchida. In concert, she has collaborated with many of the world’s foremost orchestras, including the Berlin, Vienna, Rotterdam and Czech Philharmonic orchestras, the Philadelphia and Royal Concertgebouw Orchestras and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. She has worked with conductors including Sir Simon Rattle, Mariss Jansons, Gustavo Dudamel, Bernard Haitink, Jiří Bĕlohlávek, Sir Roger Norrington and Nikolaus Harnoncourt.
In the 2017/18 season, Magdalena appears in concert with the Venice Baroque Orchestra and conductor Andrea Marcon, Orchestre de Paris with Daniel Harding, and London Symphony Orchestra with Sir Simon Rattle. In Autumn, Magdalena joins dancer Antonio El Pipa (Compañía de Flamenco) for an exciting new collaborative performance piece, along with Private Musicke. They will entwine the roots of raw flamenco with the music of the Spanish Baroque era, in major European cities such as Lisbon, Barcelona, and Hamburg. In 2018, she will embark on tours with the London Symphony Orchestra, Bayerische Rundfunk, and le Concert d’Astreé with Emmanuelle Haim.
Photo by Oleg Rostovtsev