John Mark Ainsley has appeared with the world’s greatest orchestras and conductors, including the London, Boston and San Francisco Symphony orchestras and the London, Berlin, Vienna and New York Philharmonic orchestras, with Sir Colin Davis, Bernard Haitink, Sir Charles Mackerras, Kurt Masur, Sir Roger Norrington, Sir Simon Rattle and Claudio Abbado.
His discography covers the baroque and classical repertoire, the German Lied, English song and the American musical. His Britten recordings include the three tenor cycles Serenade for tenor, horn and strings, Les Illuminations and Nocturne.
2010 saw his first Captain Vere in the UK in the Glyndebourne Festival production of Billy Budd. A regular guest at the Munich Festival, he was awarded the Munich Festival Prize for his Orfeo. He performed in the world premieres of Henze’s L’Upupa for the Salzburg Festival and Phaedra in Berlin.
John Mark won the 2007 Royal Philharmonic Society Singer Award and is a visiting professor at the Royal Academy of Music.