Ilker Arcayürek



Austrian 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 and was BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist. Champs Hill Records released his first solo album “Der Einsame” featuring Schubert songs and accompanied by Simon Lepper in 2017 to great critical acclaim.

Arcayürek’s 2018-19 season was launched with his recital debut at the Edinburgh International Festival and the opening of the Copenhagen Opera Festival where he appeared in concert, followed by a recital performance. A recital tour in February 2019 will see him make his highly anticipated United States recital debut at the Park Avenue Armory in New York and with San Francisco Performances, accompanied by pianist Simon Lepper. He will perform two recitals at London’s Wigmore Hall and complete cycles of Schubert’s Winterreise at the Innsbruck Festwochen and the Bibliotheksaal Polling. On the opera stage he makes his debut with Opera Graz as Lyonel in Flotow’s Martha and as the title role in Weber’s Oberon, as well as return to the Volksoper Wien in Lortzing’s Zar and Zimmermann. He will make his US operatic debut in the role of Nadir in Les Pêcheurs de Perles at Santa Fe Opera in summer 2019.

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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