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The young Austrian countertenor, Jakob Huppmann began his musical education as a choirboy with the Vienna Mozart Boys’ Choir as a treble soloist. He studied with Bernhard Landauer, Kai Wessel and Uta Schwabe at the Vienna Konservatorium. Concurrently to his studies Jakob has also become a specialist in Early Music, with a focus on reading from various types of early notation.

As a soloist Jakob Huppmann already worked with some of the best musicians in the world of classical music. Recent performances have included concerts with the Freiburger Barockorchester, the Balthasar Neumann Ensemble, the Mozarteum Orchester Salzburg, the Beethoven Orchester Bonn, the Orchestre national Montpellier Languedoc-Roussillon and Orchestre natonal de Lille. He has worked with conductors such as Ivor Bolton, René Jacobs, Thomas Hengelbrock, Alessandro de Marchi, and Rubén Dubrovsky.

The last few years have seen Jakob perform regularly in opera productions. Roles have included Ottone (Monteverdi: l’incoronazione di Poppea), Giulio Cesare (Handel: Giulio Cesare), Orfeo (Gluck: Orfeo ed Euridice), Ulisse (Porpora: Polifemo), Eustazio (Handel: Rinaldo), Orlofsky (Strauss: Die Fledermaus), Fox (Dove: Pinocchio), Theseus (Anderson: Thebans) at opera houses such as Theater an der Wien, Opéra National de Montpellier, Schwetzingen, Theater Dortmund, Theater Bonn, Theater Erfurt, working with stage directors like Claus Guth, Robert Carsen, Jens Daniel Herzog, Krzysztof Warlikowski and Pierre Audi. 

A winner and finalist in several international singing competitions (Hans Gabor Belvedere Gesangswettbewerb, Klassik Mania, Gianni Bergamo classic music award) Jakob is also to be seen regularly as a concert soloist. Recent performances include Bach’s B Minor Mass with the Mozarteum Orchester Salzburg under Ivor Bolton, Bach’s “Passion nach Matthäus“ at the Erfurt opera house, a tour with Bach’s B Minor Mass throughout Russia, Handels Jephta at Philharmonie Köln and Beethovenhalle Bonn, as well as numerous other concerts at places like Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, the Philharmonie in Essen, the Palais des Beaux Arts Bruxelles and the Wiener Musikverein.

Together with 5 colleagues in 2004 he founded CINQUECENTO, an all-male ensemble specialized in the performance of renaissance polyphony. Several of CINQUECENTOs eight prize winning recordings revealed forgotten masterpieces out of the musical treasury of imperial Habsburgian court.