Markus Brutscher, tenor was born in Landsberg in Bavaria and was brought up in Augsburg. He received an early music training when he joined the boys choir at the Cathedrals of Augsburg and Regensburg. Later he studied with Norma Sharp at the Berlin Hans Eisler Hochschule für Musik, then in London with Rudolph Piernay and finally in Maastricht where he studied the voice with Mya Besselink.
Today he works together with leading orchestras in Europe and America under the baton of leading conductors such as Marc Minkowski, Alessandro de Marci, Thomas Hengelbrock, Frieder Bernius, Peter Neumann, Roland Wilson, Michael Schneider, Martin Haselböck, Helmut Müller-Brühl, Laurence Equilbey and others. He's equally at home in early music as in main works by contemporary composers, e.g. Mauricio Kagel’s In der Matratzengruft in Warsaw, Cologne, Madrid and in Paris with Ensemble Contemporain (Paris, Cité de la Musique, 2013). Subsequently he participated in Purcell's The Indian Queen, directed by Peter Sellars and conducted by Teodor Currentzis, coproduced by the opera houses of Perm (Russia) and Madrid. Further more he will take part in several concert projects Walpurgisnacht (Rouen, cond. Laurence Equilbey), Matthew Passion (Brussels Philharmonic, cond. Richard Egarr) and the St Johns Passion (Musiciens du Louvre, cond. Macr Minkowski).
First steps on the opera stage included roles in Traetta's Antigona (Kreon/Adastro), Fledermaus (Eisenstein), Katja Kabanova (Kudrias), Cosi fan tutte (Ferrando), Mahagony (Jack/Tobby) in Basel, Freischütz (Max), Ariadne auf Naxos (Scaramuccio), Zauberflöte (Monostatos) in the amazing production of La Fura Dels Baus conducted by Marc Minkowsk at Opéra national de Paris and in Madrid.
Highlights since 2010 included his debut with the London Philharmonic Orchestra under Vladimir Jurowski in Historia by D. Johann Fausten at Southbank Center London, concerts and the cd-recording (for alpha production) of Mozart’s Requiem with the Ensemble Musicaeterna led by Teodor Currentzis in Novossibirsk, as well as with Choeur Accentus and Insula Orchestra (led by Laurence Equilbey) in France, a tour with Bach’s St. John’s Passion with Musiciens du Louvre and his appearance at Innsbruck Festival, amongst others in L’Olimpiade by Pergolesi with revivals at Theater an der Wien and Torino under the baton of Alessandro de Marchi. Further more he appeared as Tamino in Gera, as Pedrillo at Opéra national du Rhin, Strasbourg and as Aretein Giove in Argo.
Down under, Markus Brutscher appeard at several occasions with the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra ; in concert (2010) and to sing Monteverdi’s Orfeo (2012).
More than 50 recordings with Sony Classic, EMI, Capriccio and Thorofon show the versatility of Markus Brutscher as a singer. The latest CD-productions are “Vilvaldi Vesper” conducted by Roland Wilson, “Zaide” with the Wiener Akademie conducted by Martin Haselböck, Mendelssohns "Paulus" conducted by Doris Hagel, Markus Brutscher’s solo-CD "Bleibt ihr Engel, bleibt bei mir" with the orchestra Le Chardon, B-minor Mass by Bach, on the label Naive and “L’Olimpiade” by Pergolesi, on SONY).