Biography Gidon Saks (Israel/GB)

Gidon Saks made his debut aged 22 at the Stratford Festival in Canada, and then was engaged by the Canadian Opera Company as a Young Artist.  After further study at the International Opera Studio in Zurich, he sang in Germany for 6 years, performing not just the standard repertoire but also creating several new roles, and participating in the revival of a number of Entartete operas.  His freelance career has taken him to the world's most important opera houses and into the recording studio to sing in over a dozen recordings. He was nominated for a Grammy Award (for Handel"s Hercules, with Mark Minkowski) and won the Gramaphone Award for the title role in Handel's Saul, under the baton of Rene Jacobs.  His repertoire encompasses Baroque, via Mozart, Verdi, Puccini, Wagner and Stravinsky.  He is Professor of Voice at the Conservatoire in Ghent, Belgium.