Evangelist Andrew Tortise
Andrew Tortise has enjoyed a varied career since graduating from Trinity College, Cambridge, where he read music and sang as a choral scholar under the late Richard Marlow.
Since graduating in 2002, Andrew has performed extensively in concert with orchestras including the London Symphony Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, OAE, AAM and Rotterdam Symphony Orchestra appearing with, amongst others, Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Sir Colin Davis, William Christie, Ivor Bolton, Richard Egarr and Lawrence Cummings. His international performances have taken in such venues as Het Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Kioi Hall in Tokyo, and Alice Tully and Carnegie Hall in New York. He has made several appearances at the BBC Proms, including televised performances of Bach’s St John Passion, David in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg and Monteverdi Vespers and Orfeo.
He has sung principal roles for Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Glyndebourne on Tour, Salzburg Festival, WNO, Opera North, Dutch National Opera, Opéra de Lyon and The Royal Opera, Covent Garden by composers including Monteverdi, Handel, Mozart, Donizetti, Wagner and Britten. His many performances of the works of J S Bach include those with The Dunedin Consort, Monteverdi Choir, Arcangelo, Les Violons du Roy, Netherlands Bach Society, Antwerp Symphony Orchestra and Aurora Orchestra.
A 2007 recording of Billy Budd (Squeak) with the London Symphony Orchestra and Daniel Harding won the 2009 GRAMMY award for best opera recording, whilst the 2010 WNO production of Die Mesitersinger von Nürnberg (David) received the South Bank Sky Arts award for best new opera production. Andrew also appeared as Kudrjas in the Olivier Award-winning new production of Katya Kabanová for The Royal Opera, Covent Garden.
Andrew teaches piano, singing and music theory from his home in North London, where he lives with his wife and two children.