Born in 1990 in Munich, bass-baritone Matthias Winckhler began his musical training at the Bavarian Vocal Academy, and went on to study voice at Mozarteum University Salzburg in the class of Andreas Macco, as well as in the Lied interpretation class of Wolfgang Holzmair. He also actively participated in masterclasses imparted by Matthias Goerne, Markus Hinterhäuser, Graham Johnson, Christa Ludwig, Malcolm Martineau, Bejun Mehta, Michele Pertusi, Rudolf Piernay, Peter Schreier, Bo Skovhus, and Breda Zakotnik. He has been a bursary of the Walter & Charlotte Hamel Foundation and the Walter Kaminsky Foundation.
In 2017, he was awarded the Trude Eipperle Rieger Advancement Prize. In 2014, at the Salzburg International Mozart Competition, he won First Prize, as well as the Mozarteum Foundation Special Prize. He was also a laureate of the International Johann Sebastian Bach Competition in Leipzig in 2012, of the National Junior Voice Competition in Berlin in 2010, and of the Schubert Lied Duo Competition in Dortmund in 2014.
Matthias Winckhler makes regular appearances with conductors including Giovanni Antonini, Karl-Friedrich Beringer, Fabio Bonizzoni, Reinhard Goebel, Hans Graf, Matthew Halls, Pablo Heras-Casado, Günter Jena, Gianandrea Noseda, Ralf Otto, Vasily Petrenko, Ivan Repušić, Helmuth Rilling, Jordi Savall, Andreas Spering, Christoph Spering, Masaaki Suzuki, and Jos van Veldhoven. He has given concerts with orchestras and ensembles such as the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, the Vienna Philharmonic, the Camerata Salzburg, the Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg, the Dresden Philharmonic, the Hamburg State Philharmonic Orchestra, the Nederlandse Bachvereniging, Bach Collegium Japan, and the Oslo Philharmonic. Guest concert appearances have led him to perform at a number of renowned festivals, including the Salzburg Festival, the Kissingen Summer Festival, the Leipzig Bachfest, the Thuringian Bach Weeks, and the Salzburg Mozart Week.
From 2015 to 2018 he was a member of the regular soloist ensemble of Hannover State Opera, where he covered the roles of Count Almaviva (in Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s “Le nozze di Figaro”), Papageno (in Mozart’s “Magic Flute”), Albert (in Jules Massenet’s “Werther”), Belcore (in Gaetano Donzetti’s “L'eslisir d'amore”), and Tom (in Hans Werner Henze’s “Die englische Katze”).
The Lied genre is another one of Winckhler’s strengths as a performer, and he gives frequent vocal recitals with pianists Marcelo Amaral, Bernadette Bartos, Tobias Krampen, Verena Metzger, and Jan-Philip Schulze. In contemporary music he has worked together with composers such as Nikolaus Brass, Friedrich Cerha, Manfred Trojahn, and Gerhard Wimberger, including a number of world première performances.