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On the concert platform he has worked with orchestras such as Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Tonkünstler-Orchester, Tokyo Philharmonic, RSO Vienna, Orchestre National de Belgique, Orchestre National de Lyon, Danish Chamber Orchestra, Netherlands Radio Philharmonic, Antwerp Symphony, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Royal Northern Sinfonia under conductors such as Mariss Jansons, Ivor Bolton, Laurence Equilbey, Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla, Philippe Herreweghe, Riccardo Minasi, Mikhail Pletnev, Lars Vogt and Adam Fischer.


Recent highlights have included Britten Serenade with the Amsterdam Sinfonietta and Felix Kleiser, the tenor arias in the St Matthew Passion at the Palau in Barcelona under Simon Halsey with Soloists from Berliner Philharmoniker, Mozart Requiem at the Vienna Konzerthaus and with the Antwerp Symphony and Beethoven 9 with the RSO Wien under Marin Alsop.

Next season and beyond he will return to the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks under Philippe Jordan, perform Schumman’s Das Paradies und die Peri with the Symphonischer Chor Hamburg at the Elbphilharmonie, Haydn’s Die Schöpfung with WDR Koln and Mozart Mass in C with the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin as well as concerts with Orchestre des Champs-Élysées and Collegium Vocale Ghent (Dvorak Requiem, Beethoven Missa Solemnis and Schuman Das Paradis und die Peri).

On the opera stage this season he will make his Canadian Opera Company debut as Tamino Die Zauberflöte and for Opera Vlaanderen and Opéra National de Montpellier performing the roles of Ariel, Pater Ecstaticus in Schumann’s Szenen aus Goethes Faust.

Ilker has been a member of the studio of Zürich Opera (2009-2013) a member of the ensemble of the Stadttheater Klagenfurt (2013-2015) and Staatstheater Nürnberg (2015-18) singing various roles such as Tamino Die Zauberflöte, the title role Idomeneo, Don Ottavio Don Giovanni, Ferrando Così fan tutte and Rodolfo La Bohème. As a guest artist he has performed at Teatro Real Madrid in Kasper Holten’s production of Wagner’s Das Liebesverbot, Munich Opera Festival of the Bayerische Staatsoper in the world premiere of Nikolaus Brass’ Die Vorübergehenden, Salzburg Festival in Donizetti’s Lucrezia Borgia, Volksoper Wien in Lortzing’s Zar and Zimmerman and for Opera Graz the role of Lyonel in Flotow’s Martha and as the title role in Weber’s Oberon. In summer 2019 Ilker made his US operatic debut in the role of Nadir in Les Pêcheurs de Perles at Santa Fe Opera.

Alongside his commitments to symphonic and operatic repertoire, Ilker is a passionate exponent of Lied, working with pianists such as Simon Lepper, Hartmut Höll, Ammiel Bushakevitz, Daniel Heide and Wolfram Rieger. He has given recitals at the Edinburgh International Festival, Wigmore Hall, the Schubertiada Vilabertran, deSingel Antwerp, at the Innsbruck Festwochen and the Bibliotheksaal Polling. He made his highly anticipated United States recital debut in February 2019 at the Park Avenue Armory in New York and with San Francisco Performances, accompanied by pianist Simon Lepper and the duo will return there for a recital this season. Other future recital dates include those at Oxford Lieder, Schubertiade, Life Victoria Barcelona (Die schone Mullerin) and Hospitalhof Stuttgart as part of the Hugo Wolf Akademie.
Ilker makes his home in Zürich with his wife and daughter.

Artist. Opera Singer. Born in Istanbul and raised in Vienna.

Tenor Ilker Arcayürek has emerged as one of the most exciting and versatile vocal artists in recent years – hailed by the press for his “golden tenor” (Opera Now Magazine) and quickly establishing himself “in a class of his own” (The Guardian). He is a winner of the International Art Song Competition of Germany’s Hugo Wolf Academy, a finalist of the 2015 BBC Cardiff Singer of the World and was a BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist.


He was also selected to perform at Ronaldo Vilazon’s “Stars of Tomorrow” for ARTE. In 2017 Champs Hill Records released his first solo album “Der Einsame”, featuring Schubert songs accompanied by Simon Lepper, to great critical acclaim. His latest recording with Simon titled “Path of Life” for Prospero Classical has recently been nominated for 2 OPUS KLASSIK Awards.





"Fritz-wunderlichhaft, unmittelbar interpretiert von Ilker Arcayürek"

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung , Heidelberger Frühling

Of the “straight” characters, perhaps the most effective was Ilker Arcayürek's Tamino. He is a very stylish singer. His “Dies Bildnis” was lovely and throughout he maintained a pleasing blend of beautiful tone and expressiveness coupled with convincing acting.

Bachtrack - The Magic Flute - Canadian Opera Company Toronto

"Turkish-born Austrian tenor Ilker Arcayürek displayed an affinity with the French technique of leggiero singing, with a superb performance of Nadir’s hauntingly beautiful aria «Je crois entendre encore»."

Opera Warhorses, Santa Fe Opera

“In a class on his own: Ilker Arcayürek has the kind of airy, easily ringing tenor that puts across words beautifully, with power in reserve yet a hint of vulnerability too.”

The Guardian - Der Einsame CD Review


"Tenor Ilker Arcayürek überzeugt in der Rolle des Rodolfo durch sensibles Spiel, edle Bühnenerscheinung und sichere Stimmkultur."

BR-Klassik - La Boheme - Staatstheater Nürnberg

"Through this journey through the songs of Schubert, Ilker Arcayürek brought an abundance of emotion, making for a wonderful showcase of his vocal artistry."

Opera Wire, Park Armory New York

"Tenor Ilker Arcayürek possesses the elements necessary to make Schubert’s worlds come to life. His modesty and sincerity allow the music to speak for itself [...] His handsome voice, flawlessly produced [...] Mr Arcayürek is a superlative artist ..."

Classical Voice, Park Armory New York

"... die Titelpartie singt Ilker Arcayürek. Der ist ein wirklich toller Sängerdarsteller, ..."

Süddeutsche Zeitung, Idomeneo Staatstheater Nürnberg

"Am eindrücklichsten ist Ilker Arcayürek in der Titelrolle [...] importiert sein Charakterporträt eines echten jugendlichen, wiewohl gebrochenen Kerls, dem die breite, gedeckte, zuweilen fahlfarbige Klanglichkeit gut steht."

Opernwelt - Idomeneo - Staatstheater Nürnberg

"This BBC New Generation Artist sings with such freshness and sincerity that even his melancholy is sweetly compelling [...] There is immense potential from this tenor, who has clearly worked hard to get inside these songs, yet doesn’t overburden the poetry with too many artful effects. Schubert, who saw his songs performed casually in living rooms among friends, would love this wonderfully intimate recording."

The Times, Der Einsame CD Review


Der Tenor Ilker Arcayürek sorgt als Ariel inmitten der überwältigenden Sonnenaufgangsmusik für selige Momente des Schwebens.

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung - Schumann's Faustszenen - Vlaamse Opera Antwerp

"Tenor Ilker Arcayürek, qui semble avoir capturé le soleil dans sa gorge ..."

La Croix, Heidelberger Frühling

"A golden and natural lyric tenor, even throughout the range and sensitive to text, with the benefit of solid top notes."

Opera Now - List of Top 10 rising stars

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