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Tenor David de Winter was born in Surrey and received his formative musical training as a chorister at Westminster Cathedral, before studying Music at Durham University and Voice at the Royal Academy of Music.  He was a finalist in the 2019 Handel Singing Competition, winning the Selma D and Leon Fischbach Memorial Award.  His musical repertoire spans over 900 years, from the 11th Century to the present day.  As a soloist, he has performed throughout the UK, Europe & Asia and featured in broadcasts across the BBC & Europe.  Recent highlights include Bach's B Minor Mass in Snape Maltings Concert Hall (OAE) and Cadogan Hall; Matthäus Passion  (Phion Orkest & Reinhard Goebel); a programme of South American music with Laurence Cummings in AMUZ, Antwerp (AAM); Messiah (Southwell Minster & Norwich Cathedral; Johannes Passion in Den Haag (Resedentie Bachorkest & Jos Vermunt), Cadogan Hall (AAM), and Hereford Cathedral; Britten St Nicolas (St Alban's Cathedral); and Berio Sinfonia (Sinfonia de Tenerife/EXAUDI).

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On stage, David has performed the title role in Thomas Arne’s Alfred (Doha Baroque Ensemble); Moore in Frederick Lampe’s The Dragon of Wantley at the London Handel Festival (Ars Eloquentiae); the title role in Acis and Galatea (The Brook Street Band/love:Handel Festival); Sailor in Dido & Aeneas (Nederlandse Bachvereniging); Goro Madam Butterfly at the Anghiari Festival in Italy (Bury Court Opera & Southbank Sinfonia); Coridon in Acis and Galatea with the Early Opera Company (Buxton & Iford Festivals); Carceriere in Donizetti’s Pia di Tolomei (English Touring Opera); Schoolmaster/Mosquito/Cock in Janáček's Cunning Little Vixen (Barnes Music Festival); Monostatos Die Zauberflöte, Don Ottavio Don Giovanni, and Goro Madam Butterfly (Regents Opera/Opera à la Carte); Mayor Albert Herring (Opera Holland Park/Shadwell Opera); Flute A Midsummer Night’s Dream; the title role in Vaughan-Williams' Hugh the Drover; and his Glyndebourne/Brooklyn Academy of Music débuts in Britten's Billy Budd.

On the concert platform, David’s highlights include Messiah with London Handel Society, at Cadogan Hall (English Chamber Orchestra & Tenebrae), and in Hereford & Norwich Cathedrals; B Minor Mass at the Royal Festival Hall (London Mozart Players), at the Chipping Campden Festival (Academy of Ancient Music) and in Durham Cathedral; a European tour of Schumann's Manfred (Mahler Chamber Orchestra/Sir John Eliot Gardiner); Matthäus Passion (arias) with Philharmonie Zuidnederland/Phion Orkest & Jos van Veldhoven; Purcell's Ode Why are all the muses mute with the Nederlandse Bachvereniging & Robert King in Utrecht, De Doelen (Rotterdam) and Muziekgebouw aan’t IJ (Amsterdam); Purcell & Handel live on BBC Radio 3 at the Wigmore Hall (Kristian Bezuidenhout & The English Concert); Messiah and Bach Ascension Oratorio with Doha Baroque Ensemble; Arvo Pärt’s Passio in St John’s Smith Square (Aurora Orchestra/Tenebrae); Johannes Passion (arias) with the Nottingham Bach Choir, and Evangelist with Collegium Musicum of London; Mendelssohn’s St Paul (Durham Cathedral); Bach Magnificat, Matthäus Passion (arias) and Messiah (Westminster Cathedral); Monteverdi Vespers at the Rheingau Festival (The King's Consort), with English Cornett and Sackbut Ensemble (Westminster Cathedral) and Armonico Consort (UK tour); Purcell & Blow Odes at The Holywell Room (Instruments of Time & Truth);  Handel Belshazzar and Haydn Creation (Southern Pro Musica & Barnes Music Festival); Handel's Samson at St John's Church, Waterloo; and Handel's Israel in Egypt (Endelienta Baroque).

In contemporary music, David created the role of Mikhail in Russell Hepplewhite's award-winning opera Laika the Spacedog (English Touring Opera).  He has given world premieres of Michael Finnissy’s Tom Fool’s Wooing at Milton Court Concert Hall with EXAUDI and Steve Banks' Blue Pearl (London Mozart Players), played Gérard in the European premiere of Philip Glass’ dance opera Les enfants terribles (Grimeborn Opera Festival/Arcola Theatre), performed in the UK premiere of Pascal Dusapin's Passion (Music Theatre Wales/London Sinfonietta/EXAUDI), and gave the first performance of Peter Maxwell Davies' opera Kommilitonen (Royal Academy of Music).  In 2020 & 2022 he performed Stockhausen's Sternklang in Hannover & Cologne (Acht Brücken Festival) with Birmingham Contemporary Music Group & Das Neue Ensemble, and with EXAUDI he opened the Helsinki Philharmonic's 2019/20 season with a performance of Berio's Sinfonia under Susanna Mällki.  As a core member of the vocal ensemble EXAUDI, David has premiered works by Linda Caitlin-Smith (Principal Sound Festival/St John’s Smith Square), Amber Priestley (BBC Open Ear), Naomi Pinnock (Wittener Tage), Lorenzo Pagliei (hcmf), James Weeks (Aldeburgh Festival), Geoff Hannan (EXPOSURE/Milton Court Concert Hall), Jürg Frey (Sampler Series/L'auditori, Barcelona), Gloria Coates & Catherine Lamb (King's Place), Sivan Eldar (Royaumont Festival) and Sylvia Lim (Kölner Philharmonie).  With the group he has recorded Cantates by Gerard Pesson with L'instant Donné and works by Christopher Fox, Uri Caine, Fabio Nieder, James Weeks & Jürg Frey; and has appeared in a variety of venues, including the Wigmore Hall, the Luxembourg Philharmonie, and the Centre Georges Pompidou.

In recital, David has appeared at the Foundling Museum & London Handel Festival in programmes of Handel & Schütz; at Henry Wood Hall, and the Salvi Harp Studio with the harpist Anne Denholm; at the 180° festival in Sofia in a recital of Purcell, Monteverdi & Schubert.  He has performed Vierne’s Les Angélus and Wolf Spanisches Liederbuch in Westminster Cathedral with Peter Stevens.  David's Schütz 350 recital project in 2022 commemorated 350 years since Heinrich Schütz's death, performing at MUSICON (Durham) The London Festival of Baroque Music (St John’s Smith Square), Little Missenden Festival, Cambridge Early Music, the Beverley Chamber Music Festival and the Barnes Music Festival with The Brook Street Band and Endelienta Baroque.

David's discography spans over 500 years, from Gesualdo to Finnissy.  His recordings of Purcell Odes with The King's Consort were nominated for Gramophone Awards in both 2021 & 2022He won the Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik as part of EXAUDI for their recording of  Gesualdo Madrigals on the Winter & Winter label.  In 2022 he released an album - Adorna - with Opus Anglicanum in collaboration with the jazz pianist Jason Rebello.  David's debut solo disc, Heinrich Schütz - A German in Venice in partnership with The Brook Street Band will be released later in 2023 on First Hand Records.

Future performances include B Minor Mass (Norwich Baroque), Messiah (Norwich Cathedral), appearances in Vienna, the Aldeburgh Festival & hcmf with EXAUDI, a project of Barbara Strozzi with Solomon's Knot, and a programme of French cantatas with the Instruments of Time & Truth.


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