COLIN MASON Bariton
COLIN MASON, baritone, was born in Paisley, Scotland and started his musical life as a boy alto. In 1976 he went up to Oxford, where he undertook intensive studies in the performance practice of renaissance and baroque music.
Following upon his academic studies he continued his vocal training under Ronald Murdock in London and, later, with Kammersängerin Ruthilde Boesch in Vienna.
After leaving Oxford he became a member of Saint George´s Chapel Choir in Royal Windsor, furthermore he appeared as a consort singer and as a soloist with leading english early music ensembles (e.g. the Taverner Consort and Choir, Gothic Voices, the Tallis Scholars and the Monteverdi Choir). From 1982 to 1988 he was a member of the famous King´s Singers, with whom he toured worldwide and made many recordings.
Since 1988 Colin Mason has lived in Vienna and is active as a soloist, as a conductor,and as an ensemble singer and director with a repertoire from the early middle ages (e.g. with the Clemencic Consort) to contemporary music (with, among others, Klangforum Wien).
In 1992 he founded the Vokalensemble NOVA, whose artistic director he has remained since then. As a soloist he has, among other venues, performed at the Theater an der Wien, at Wien Modern, at the Haydn-Festspieltagen in Eisenstadt, at the Ansbacher Bachwoche and at festivals in Italy, France, Germany and Switzerland. On stage Colin Mason has undertaken such diverse rôles as that of the Secretary of State in Bernhard Lang´s music-theater work I hate Mozart, or that of the Inspector Javert in the musical Les Miserables.
Besides his international concert activities Colin Mason leads workshops in consort singing; in addition he is a regular guest as a jury member at national and international music competitons.