Music Without Quarantine – An Interview with Joel Frederiksen

Interview with Joel Frederiksen - Michael ThalliumThis is the second interview of the series Music connects People of the project Music Without Quarantine. The first interview was dedicated to the Spanish harpsichordist Diego Ares. This time, the artist to be interviewed is the one in only Joel Frederiksen, a first rate specialist in early music, mainly from the Renaissance and Baroque. Not only has he a tremendous basso profondo voice, but he also plays the lute and theorbo. Born in Minnesota, he has been living in Munich, Germany, for many years already. Joel is the artistic director of the Ensemble Phoenix Munich. His recordings on Harmonia Mundi France and Deutsche Harmonia Mundi have won different awards. Joel studied a master’s degree in early music at the Oakland University, where he was distinguished with different awards: “Matilda Award”, “Distinguished Musicianship”and ”Distinguised Alumni Achievement Award”. Between 1990 and 1999, while Joel was living in New York, he was a member of the Waverly Consort and the Boston Camareta. For those of you who would like to take a look at his recordings, please visit: JOEL’S DISCOGRAPHY.

The following interview has, of course, a very interesting artistic value, but to me it is its personal value, above all, that makes the difference. Joel Frederiksen has participated in Music Without Quarantine offering various recitals where he discovered a new repertoire to many people who usually do not listen to classical music, not to mention early music. Yes, definitely music connects people. With his generosity, Joel showed he is not only an amazing artist, but a great person. And I want to thank him personally for his artistry and openness. It was a privilege to have him on Music Without Quarantine.

Music Without Quarantine – Interview with Joel Frederiksen – Michael Thallium

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