Barbara Hölzl was born in Bad Tölz and studied at the Richard Strauss Conservatory in Munich with Helmut Banzhaf, then Lied and Oratorio at the Academy of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna and completed her studies with masterclasses with Hans Hotter, James King and Joseph Metternich. She was finalist at the competition of s’Hertogenbosch, laureate of the International Robert Schumann Lied competition in Zwickau and received the Special Award of the Republic of Austria.
Besides a great number of opera productions, Barbara Hölzl’s repertory of Lied and Oratorio embraces music from the renaissance to the contemporary. Due to her versatility and refined musicianship, Barbara Hölzl worked with such renowned conductors as Rudolf Barshai, René Clemencic, Vladimir Fedosejev, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Martin Haselböck, Sigiswald Kuijken, Sir Neville Marriner, Michel Plasson, Helmuth Rilling, Dennis Russell Davis, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Peter Schreier, Bruno Weil and Christoph Coin.
She has performed on the most important concert stages throughout Europe with orchestras like the Vienna Philharmonic, the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, the Camerata Salzburg, Klangforum Wien, the Symphony Orchestra of the Bavarian Radio and the Concentus Musicus Wien, the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, the Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra, the Oslo Philharmonic, the Orquesta Sinfónica de RTVE of Madrid, the Prague Philharmonie and the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra.
The current season includes Beethoven’s IX. SYMPHONY at the Graz Stefaniensaal, Mendelssohn Bartholdy’s WALPURGISNACHT under James Judd in Granada, Beethoven’s MISSA SOLEMNIS at the Prague Spring Festival with the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Carlos Kalmar, Haydn’s PAUKENMESSE with the Concentus Musicus under Nikolaus Harnoncourt at the Wiener Musikverein, the Lucerne Festival and in Metz on the occasion of Joseph Haydn’s bicentenary, Bach Cantatas at the Wiener Konzerthaus under Luca Pianca, Mendelssohn Bartholdy’s ELIAS at the Zürich Tonhalle and with the Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne under Pascal Mayer at the Cathédrale de Lausanne, a concert for chamber orchestra with Ancient Italian Arias and Telemann Cantatas at Schloss Wessobrunn, Wagner’s WESENDONCKLIEDER with the Orquesta Sinfonica del Principado de Asturias in Oviedo under the baton of Maximiliano Valdez, Frank Martin’s GOLGOTHA in Madrid with the Orquesta Sinfónica de RTVE under Matthias Bamert, Händel’s DETTINGER TE DEUM and parts of MESSIAH at the Musiksommer in der Wieskirche with the Bayerisches Staaatsorchester under Joseph Kraus, Verdi’s REQUIEM in Amberg, Mendelssohn Bartholdy’s PAULUS under Helmuth Rilling, Beethoven’s IX. SYMPHONY at the Musiktage Bad Urach and Camille Saint-Saëns’ CHRISTMAS ORATORIO at the Wiener Musikverein.
In recital, Barbara Hölzl recently could be heard with Brahms’ LIEBESLIEDERWALZER in Zürich and Wels as well as with a Spanish program by Granados, de Falla, Lorca, Obradors. Furthermore she took part in a program with actor Stefan Murr and pianist Ralf Heiber on the occasion of Robert Schumann’s bicentenary, which included a lecture of letters as well as Schumann’s LIEDERKREIS OP. 39, LIEBESLIEDERFRÜHLING and MYRTEN.
Along with Robert Holl Barbara Hölzl could be heard at the Schubertiade Festival Krems 2011 singing Johannes Brahms`LIEBESLIEDERWALZER. And she also sang Gustav Mahler`s URLICHT, selected songs by Robert Schumann as well as Spanish repertoire by Federico Garcia Lorca.
Among a range of recordings are Mozart’s REQUIEM and Haydn’s SCHÖPFUNGSMESSE with the Toronto Tafelmusik, the Tölzer Knabenchor and under the baton of Bruno Weil (released for Sony) and „Urlicht“ with orchestrated Lieder by Gustav Mahler and Richard Wagner with the Württemberg Philharmonie under Adriano Martinolli D’Arcy (released for Gramola Vienna). Most recently she published a recording with Lieder by Federico Garcia Lorca and Enrique Granados, accompanied by Ralf Heiber (released for Gramola Vienna), to great critical acclaim which is frequently presented by international radio stations.
Barbara Hölzl`s CD with German and Alpine Christmas Songs was released at the end of the year 2010 for Gramola.