Internationally renowned for his concert, opera and recital performances, José van Dam is one of today’s most honoured interpreters of the bass-baritone repertoire.
He has been heard in Europe, the Americas and Japan, singing at opera houses and concert halls under the world’s premier conductors. Born in Brussels, van Dam entered the Brussels Conservatory at age 17, graduating with first prizes in voice and opera performance. He is a two-time Grammy award winner and has been featured in the films The Music Teacher and Losey’s Don Giovanni. His extensive discography has received many awards. Van Dam was made a baron by King Albert II of Belgium, was given the title of Kammersänger by the city of Berlin, and was named Commandeur des Arts et des Lettres and Chevalier de la Legion d’Honneur by the French government. He has received the German Music Critics’ prize, the Gold Medal of the Belgian Press, the Grand Prix de l’Académie française du Disque, the Orphée d’Or of the Académie Lyrique Française, the European Critics’ Prize, France’s Diapason d’Or and the Prix de la Nouvelle Académie du Disque.