The young German baritone Benjamin Appl is making his US debut with a five-city tour culminating in a recital with pianist James Baillieu at the Phillips Collection Sunday, January 20. His first concerts in New York were critically acclaimed by the New York Times: "Mr. Appl was utterly convincing. He made a vivid miniature of each song." Benjamin Appl began his career as a chorister in the famous Regensburger Domspatzen before studying in Munich and London and as the last private pupil of the great Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau. Appl was one of the BBC Young Generation Artists in 2014/2015 and won the Gramophone Young Artist of the Year Award in 2016. His concert reflects a profound immersion in the worlds of Schubert and Schumann, but also includes songs by Grieg and Nico Muhly’s The Last Letter (setting the text from letters soldiers sent to their loved ones during World War I) which was written for Appl in 2015.
Classical WETA's Nicole Lacroix spoke to Benjamin about his US tour and his just-released CD on the Sony Classical label , "Bach" with Concerto Cologne.