Ilker Arcayürek



Ilker Arcayürek – born in Istanbul and raised in Vienna – is the winner of the 2016 International Art Song Competition of Germany’s Hugo Wolf Academy and a BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist. Voted into the top ten of a „new generation of rising stars“ and hailed for his „golden tenor” voice by Opera Now Magazine, he his touring his highly anticipated first album “Der Einsame”, released by Champs Hill, featuring Schubert songs accompanied by Simon Lepper, in the 2017-18 season. Recital debuts see him opening the 25th jubilee edition of the Schubertíada Vilabertran and take him to Barcelona’s L’Auditori, to Wigmore Hall in London, Birmingham’s Town Hall all as well as Liedrezital in Zürich and Heidelberg Spring Festival amongst others.

Since the 2015-16 season, Ilker Arcayürek has been a member of the ensemble of the Staatstheater Nürnberg. In Nürnberg his repertoire includes Rodolfo in La Bohème, Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni, Nadir in Les pêcheurs de Perles and Andres in Wozzeck – he will make role debuts in the 2017-18 season in the title roles of  Idomeneo and Il Ritorno d’Ulisse in patria. In Spring 2016 he made his stage debut at Teatro Real in Madrid as Claudio in Wagner’s Das Liebesverbot staged by Kasper Holten under the baton of Ivor Bolton. Recent performances have also included the Son in Hossam Mahmoud’s Tahrir at the Salzburger Landestheater conducted by Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla.

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“★★★★★ – In a class on his own”

“Ilker Arcayürek has the kind of airy, easily ringing tenor that puts across words beautifully, with power in reserve yet a hint of vulnerability too”

October, 2017

The Guardian


“This BBC New Generation Artist sings with such freshness and sincerity that even his melancholy is sweetly compelling”

“Schubert […] would love this wonderfully intimate recording”

 October, 2017

The Times

“Sein Tenor fesselte bei Schubert durch ein wahrhaft bezauberndes Klang-Timbre, und gleichzeitig war jedes Wort zu verstehen. Voller Energie befand er sich … von der ersten Minute an in einer innerlich erregten Hochstimmung, die jeden Vers beim Wort nahm. Etwa das “kaum erwarten” in Schuberts “Musensohn”, wo mehr Vorfreude im Gesang kaum vorstellbar war…. Der “Jüngling an der Quelle” stellte besonders Arcayüreks famose Lagenwechsel und traumhaft weich gefederten Höhenunter Beweis.“

 April, 2018

Simon Scherer


“fritz-wunderlichhaft unmittelbar interpretiert von Ilker Arcayürek”

 April, 2018

Achim Heidenreich

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

“Ilker Arcayürek, qui semble avoir capturé le soleil dans sa gorge”

Ilker Arcayurek, who seems to have captured the sun in his throat

 April, 2018

Emmanuelle Giuliani

La Croix

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“There aren’t many occasions when one is able to experience a recital so vividly… Ilker Arcayurek did more than sing the perfect lyrical line: he became the poem’s protagonist, transmitting intensely the emotions suggested by the score and the text… A voice of great beauty and sensibility, coming together in an unforgettable recital”

Revista Musical Catalana


“a substantial voice, especially solid in the lower range and with a bright and firm top“ and with “well supported high notes and fine vibrato”

La Vanguardia