Location: California, USA
James Koenig has sung in opera, concert, and recital venues around the United States and in Europe.
WIth Bachoelors and Masters Degrees from Northwestern University he went on to study with American Basso Giorgio Tozzi and worked with the great Italian Baritone Tito Gobbi in Italy. He also worked with Sopranos Birgit Nilsson and Phyllis Curtin.
He studied conducting and score analysis with Margaret Hillis of the Chicago Symphony Chorus and has been a presenter for Chicago's Lyric Opera Guild, the L.A. Philharmonic "Up-Beat Live" preconcert lecture series and has written for Odyssey Classical Music publications in the U.K. as well as free-lance writing in the areas of music, art, opera, theater, and film. He has directed performances in varied genres from opera, to cabaret, musical theater, performance art, as well as writing and directing liturgical works. He has always maintained a connection to liturgical music and expression.
As a voice teacher he began teaching at Northwestern University, and has done recital/master class combinations at a number of colleges and universities. He has served on the board and faculty of a summer program for singers, and is the Founder of Urban Arts Atelier, established for the mentoring, care, and nourishment of singers of all ages.
His students have sung with opera companies in the United States and Europe, in musical theater, and in professional ensemblings including The Chicago Symphony Chorus, Lyric Opera Chorus, The Met Chorus, Los Angeles Master Chorale, Oregon Bach Festival.
In addition to standard Italian, German, English repertoire he developed an interest in the music of Finland and Scandinavia and was decorated by the Finnish government as a Knight of the Order of the Finnish Lion for his contribution to the arts.