South Korean Tenor, Jay Kwon, a recent graduate of the prestigious Teatro alla Scala Young Artist Program, has been praised for his “handsomely coloured, full lyric sound.” (Xpatloop Magazine). Ever since his 2014 debut as Don Eusebio in L’occasione fa il ladro at Teatro alla Scala, under the baton of Renato Bruson, Mr. Kwon has become one of the most highly sought-after performers across Asia and Europe. This season he will be performing as the tenor soloist in Verdi’s Requiem at F. Listz Hall in Budapest, Hungary with the Korea National Chorus and Orchestra.
Mr. Kwon has performed both operatic and concert repertoire with the likes of Pinkas Steinberg, Valery Gergiev, Roberto Abbado, Yannik Nezet Seguin, Philippe Jordan, Julian Kovachev, Gian Andrea Noseda, Gustavo Dudamel, Daniele Rustioni, Pietro Billi, and Goulio Raguzzi. Notable roles include: the title roles in Don Carlo and Faust, Serano (La donna del lago), Italian Tenor (Der Rosenakavalier), Prince (Rusalka), Alfredo (La Traviata), the Duke (Rigoletto), Rodolfo (La Bohème), Pinkerton (Madama Butterfly), and Edgardo (Lucia di Lammermoor). In concert, Mr. Kwon has been heard as the tenor soloist in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, the tenor soloist in Kiev’s National Theater Orchestra’s gala under the baton of Luciana Serra, and as the tenor soloist in concert at Teatro Lodi under the baton of Leo Nucci.
He has performed at the Teatro Boshoi in Moscow, Filharmonic St. Petersburg, Staatoper unter den Linden in Berlin, Pompei Anfiteatro Romano, Arena di Verona, Auditorium di Ravello, Teatro St. Cecilia in Dublin, Hongkong Cityhall, NHK hall in Tokyo, and Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe.
Mr. Kwon received his first vocal training in his hometown Daegu at Kyungpook National University and completed his studies at the Conservatorio G. Verdi and at the Academy Teatro Alla Scala in Milan. He won several prizes in various international competitions like Francesco Albanese (Naples), Giulietta Simionato (Alessandria), Etta limiti opera (Milan), Una voce di Arena di Verona (Verona) and obtained scholarship of M. Paol Montarsolo and M. Cesare Valetti.