Composer of the million-selling album Adiemus: Songs of Sanctuary * Karl Jenkins trained as classical musician at Cardiff University and Royal Academy of Music in London * In 1970s played with Ronnie Scott's jazz band and jazz-rock fusion band Soft Machine * Topped record charts with Adiemus: Songs of Sanctuary, which hauntingly evokes choral and world music * Sequels Adiemus: Cantata Mundi and Adiemus: Dances of Time also rapidly topped the charts * Music is widely familiar through advertising usage, including Adiemus for Delta Air Lines and Palladio for De Beers Diamond campaign * Recent works include his 'Mass for Peace' The Armed Man, Requiem and Stabat Mater which have rapidly entered the repertoire of choral groups worldwide, and the violin concerto Sarikiz * Music is recorded on the EMI, Virgin and Sony labels
Looking Ahead: US premiere of The Bards of Wales at Carnegie Hall by DCINY (20 Jan); 70th birthday concert at Royal Albert Hall in London (9 May); performances of TheArmed Man in 2014 commemorating centenary of outbreak of World War I, including a Sing UK project with international youth choirs; future projects include a new 40-minute choral Mass based on themes of healing.
New Video: View an interview with Karl Jenkins talking about his life and music.
"As a composer, he recognises no boundaries - musical, commercial, geographical or cultural. His is a way of thinking and composing that is perfectly in tune with the spirit of the times..." — Classic FM Magazine