Jacob Lawrence’s passion for singing started at the age of six, when he joined his father’s choir at the Scots’ Church in Melbourne, Australia. After appearing as a treble in several seasons with Opera Australia and undertaking concert tours in Australia and Europe with his parents, Jacob pursued studies at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music graduating with honours in 2014. In 2016 he moved to Europe to study at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis under the tutelage of Gerd Türk. Jacob was a prize-winner of the 2020 Cesti Singing Competition, of the 2020 Schloss Weissenbrunn Bovicelli competition and of the 10th edition of Le Jardin des Voix in 2021.
His operatic repertoire includes the title role in Monteverdi’s l’Orfeo (Trigonale Alte Musik 2019, Lamento project: Gare du Nord Basel/Schwetzingen Schlosstheater 2017), Ubaldo in Haydn’s Armida (Pinchgut Opera 2016), Eumete/Giove in Il Ritorno d’Ulisse in Patria (Pinchgut Opera 2019), Solato/Lucano/Liberto (Pinchgut Opera 2018), and Aeneas in Dido and Aeneas (Royal Melbourne Philharmonic 2014).
He is a member of Vox Luminis, Profeti della Quinta, and Le Miroir de Musique, and has appeared with groups such as Huelgas Ensemble, La Cetra, Voces Suaves, Göttingen Baroque Orchestra, Jerusalem Baroque Orchestra, and Bern Vocale.
He has appeared as tenor soloist in Handel’s Messiah, Bach’s Mattäuspassion, H-Moll Messe, Monteverdi’s Vespers, Mozart’s Krönungsmesse, as well as many of the cantatas of J.S. Bach, and has performed as Evangelist in Bach’s Johannespassion to critical acclaim.