Urs Bühler

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Urs Bühler
Nobel Peace Prize Concert 2008 Il Divo, Urs Bühler.jpg
Urs Bühler in the Nobel Peace Prize concert on Oslo, Norway.
Background information
Birth name Urs Toni Bühler
Born (1971-07-19) 19 July 1971 (age 43)
Willisau, Lucerne, Switzerland
Genres Operatic pop
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Singing, electric guitar, piano, violin, drums, clarinet
Years active 1988–present
Labels Sony BMG
Associated acts Il Divo

Urs Toni Bühler (born 19 July 1971 in Willisau, Lucerne, Switzerland) is a classically-trained tenor and member of the operatic pop musical quartet, Il Divo.

Early life[edit]

His musical training started at the age of five, when Bühler began singing in a choir and also learned to play violin, clarinet, piano, guitar, and drums. His musical career, though, started when he was fifteen in an entirely different genre from lyrical song, being a member of a cover band and later the lead singer of a heavy metal band called "Conspiracy" when he was seventeen years old in Luzern. At the same time, he was already receiving music lessons at the Academy for School and Church Music.[1] His progress in the field led him to move to Amsterdam in the Netherlands, where he studied voice at Sweelinck Conservatorium with Udo Reinemann, a well known German baritone. Under the private tutoring of Swedish tenor Gösta Winbergh of the Royal Swedish Opera and French tenor Christian Papis, Urs enriched his classical repertoire. He sang in the choir of the Dutch opera and even performed in the Salzburg Festival under the direction of Claudio Abbado. Prior to joining Il Divo, he was mainly based in the Netherlands, singing oratorios and performing with the Netherlands Opera Gezelschap (NOG).[2] Despite many performances there are only a handful of recordings available of him before Il Divo.

Il Divo[edit]

Main article: Il Divo

In December 2003, he became a member of the international musical quartet Il Divo along with Carlos Marín (Spain), Sébastien Izambard (France), and David Miller (United States). Their first album, called Il Divo became a worldwide multiplatinum selling record when released in November 2004, entering Billboard at number four and selling five million copies worldwide in less than a year and knocking Robbie Williams from the number one spot in the charts. Their second album, Ancora, was released on November 7, 2005 in the United Kingdom. Il Divo's third album Siempre was released on November 21, 2006 in the United States and on November 27, 2006 internationally. Their latest album, The Promise, was released on November 10, 2008 (world) & November 18, 2008 (US), and shot straight to number 1 in the UK.

Discography[edit]

Performances[edit]

  • Ba-ta-clan. Opera Minora. Festival Aan Zee in Noordwijk. May 23, 2001.
  • Der Vogelhändler (plays leading role, Adam). Nieuwstad Operette in Nieuwegein. November, 2002.
  • Eine Nacht in Venedig (plays leading role, Caramello). Nieuwstad Operette in Nieuwegein. November 7, 2003.
  • Johannes Passion. Oude Kerk, Delft. With Philharmonisch Koor Toonkunst Rotterdam. April 17, 2003.
  • Il Divo Live Concert. Recorded at the Teatro Clásico in Mérida, Spain. For the "Encore" DVD, 2005.
  • Il Divo World Tour Concert 2006
  • Il Divo World Tour Concert 2007
  • Il Divo World Tour Concert 2009: "An Evening With Il Divo"
  • Christmas Concert 2009
  • Wicked Game Tour 2012

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