Matthias Daehling is a German countertenor currently studying for a Master’s degree at the Royal College of Music with Sally Burgess. He is generously supported in the UK as a RCM Award Holder, former a Peter and Sheila Bennett Scholar and for the year 2021/22 supported by the Henry Wood Accommodation Trust as well. For the academic year 2022/23 he will be a DAAD (Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst) scholar.
In June 2021 he graduated from his undergraduate studies at the School of Music and Theatre Hamburg, where he studied with Mark Tucker. In October 2021 Matthias Daehling gave his stage debut in a new production of Shostakovich’s “The Nose” at the Bayerische Staatsoper Munich.
His latest appearances include concerts and a CD recording with the Neumeyer Consort as part of the Gutenberg Soloists, being alto soloist for both Bach’s “St. John Passion“ (Uetersen, April 2022) and “Easter Oratorio“ (London, March 2022 under baton of Ashley Solomon). Another recent highlight include the first performances of two mini-operas, co-produced by the RCM and the opera company Tête-à-Tête..
Matthias started his musical career at the age of 7, as a violinist. Later he switched to viola and took on piano lessons as well. As an instrumentalist he was able to gain valuable experience in orchestral and ensemble settings. He had the opportunity to play under renowned conductors such as Thomas Hengelbrock and Christoph Eschenbach, in world famous concert houses such as the Rudolfinum Prague, the Berliner Philharmonie and the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg. In March 2020 he graduated from a Bachelor’s degree in viola, which he studied at the same school in Hamburg with Boris Faust as his teacher.
Matthias is experienced as a soloist, as well as being a choral singer and has sung in Germany and other European countries. He worked with several Baroque ensembles such as barockwerk Hamburg (2021 in the role of Anaximenes in Carl Heinrich Graun’s opera “Iphigenia in Aulis“) and Ensemble Shirokko.
Before moving to London, Matthias appeared live on German national television in 2017, singing an aria from Bach’s “Christmas Oratorio”, as the alto soloist. In 2018 he was awarded third prize at the “Mozart Competition Hamburg”, and was that year’s youngest participant. In 2017 he was awarded with the Deutschlandstipendium for his achievements in university. From 2018-2020 he was scholar of the Oscar and Vera Ritter Foundation. Since 2018 he has regularly performed outreach concerts in venues including hospitals and care homes with his duo partner LvJie Zhang, organized by “Yehudi Menuhin - Live Music Now e.V”.
Matthias has also studied with Gabriele Fuchs and Max Emanuel Cencic, and participated in masterclasses given by Michael Chance, Daniel Taylor, Ian Partridge, Lynne Dawson, Deborah York and Philippe Jaroussky.
Since 2016 he has been studying privately with German alto Ulla Groenewold, Hamburg.