Philip Björkqvist


Philip Björkqvist is a native of the Åland Islands, Finland. He graduated with a Master’s degree in 2017 from the University College of Opera in Stockholm, where he studied with Robert Hyman. Prior to that, he graduated from the Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien Hannover. In 2012 Philip Björkqvist made his debut at Theater Osnabrück as Melisso (Alcina). He returned to Osnabrück in 2013 in the role of Der Mut (Telemann – Der aus der Löwengrube errettete Daniel). In student productions he sang Seneca (L’Incoronazione di Poppea), Herr Olsen (Kurt Weill – The street scene), Dr.Cajus (Die Lustigen Weiber von Windsor) and Theseus (Britten – A midsummer night’s dream).

Philip Björkqvist appeared as Carceriere (Tosca) with the Norddeutsche Rundfunk Symphony Orchestra at the Open Air Festival in Hannover in 2014. The performance was broadcast live on the TV channel NDR. The same year he sang with the NDR symphony orchestra once again, this time in a Mass based upon Mozart's Così fan tutte. In 2016 he sang Zuniga (Carmen) with the Berlin Opera Academy. He performed Figaro (Le Nozze di Figaro) in the highly-acclaimed production for Finland’s 100th birthday festivities with Västerås Sinfonietta in Åland as well as in Västerås, Sweden. At the Vadstena Summer Festival 2018 he participated in the production Solen och Nordstjärnan, opéra-ballet pour Louis XIV et Charles XII with music by Lully, Desfontaines and Düben. He sang Samuel (Un ballo in maschera) with the Eutiner Festspiele 2019 and Filip (Don Carlo) at Theater Lüneburg in the autumn 2020. In 2021 he performed the role of Inquisitore (Don Carlos) at Folkoperan in Stockholm as well as Psilander (Lisbeta) in Alandica Mariehamn and Alexander Theater in Helsinki. 

In concert Philip Björkqvist has performed bass solos in Bach’s Matthäuspassion and Weihnachtsoratorium, Händel’s Messiah, Haydn’s Die Schöpfung, Mozart’s Requiem and the Great Mass in C minor. As a lied singer he has given recitals in Finland and in Germany. He has received scholarships from the Anders Wall foundation, the Royal Music Academy in Sweden, the Yehudi Menuhin Foundation (LMN-Hannover) and Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes.