The young Austrian countertenor, Jakob Huppmann began his musical education as a choirboy with the Vienna Mozart Boys’ Choir, following his brother Sebastian as a treble soloist. In 2011 he gained a distinction in his Bachelor of Arts diploma at the Vienna Konservatorium, where he studied with Bernhard Landauer and Kai Wessel. He is currently preparing for his diploma in Master of Arts with Uta Schwabe. Concurrently to his studies Jakob has also become a specialist in Early Music, with a focus on reading from various types of early notation.
As well as singing with Cinquecento and other professional vocal ensembles Jakob also appears regularly as a soloist. Recent performances have included concerts with the Freiburger Barockorchester, the Balthasar Neumann Ensemble, the Mozarteum Orchester Salzburg, the Clemencic Consort, the Wiener Bach Consort, and Ars Antiqua Austria. He has worked with conductors such as Ivor Bolton, René Jacobs, Alessandro de Marchi, Thomas Hengelbrock, Rubén Dubrovsky, and Wolfgang Katschner. He has sung an evening of Bach cantatas with Georg Nigl in the Wiener Konzerthaus, and performed a solo evening of virtuosic baroque arias and duets in the Wiener Musikverein.
The last few years have seen Jakob perform regularly in opera productions. Roles have included Ottone in Philippe Boesman’s Monteverdi adaptation “Poppea e Nerone“ at the opera house of Montpellier, the lead role of Ulisse in Porpora’s “Polifemo” in the Rokokotheater at Schloss Schwetzingen, the eponymous Guilio Cesare in Handel’s opera in Bavarian Chiemgau, roles in productions of “l’Orfeo” and “l'incoronazione di Poppea” at Theater an der Wien, and the premiere performance of Max Nagl’s jazz opera for children “Camilo Chamäleon” at the Semperdepot, Vienna. Established directors of these productions have included: Claus Guth, Robert Carsen and Krzysztof Warlikowski.
A winner and finalist in several international singing competitions (Hans Gabor Belvedere Gesangswettbewerb, Klassik Mania, Gianni Bergamo classic music award) Jakob is also to be seen regularly as a concert soloist. Recent performances include Bach’s B Minor Mass with the Mozarteum Orchester Salzburg under Ivor Bolton, Bach’s “Passion nach Matthäus“ at the Erfurt opera house, a tour with Bach’s B Minor Mass throughout Russia, and numerous other concerts (Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, the Philharmonie in Essen, the Palais des Beaux Arts Bruxelles and the Wiener Musikverein).