New York Polyphony

Praised for a “rich, natural sound that’s larger and more complex than the sum of its parts,” (National Public Radio) New York Polyphony is one of the foremost vocal chamber ensembles active today. The four men, “singers of superb musicianship and vocal allure,” (The New Yorker) give vibrant, modern voice to repertoire ranging from Gregorian chant to cutting-edge compositions. Their dedication to innovative programming, as well as a focus on rare and rediscovered Renaissance and medieval works, has not only earned New York Polyphony two GRAMMY nominations and wide acclaim, but also helped to move early music into the classical mainstream.

Commissioning new works has been central to the mission of New York Polyphony since their founding in 2006. Both in performance and on recording, the ensemble has demonstrated a commitment to presenting contemporary compositions that explore the boundaries between ancient and modern music. They have forged relationships with numerous composers, including established artists such as Richard Rodney Bennett, Jonathan Berger and Jackson Hill, emerging talents Bora Yoon and Gregory Brown, and prominent figures such as Gabriel Jackson and Andrew Smith. In January 2017, as part of Miller Theatre at Columbia University’s Early Music Series, New York Polyphony premiered The Vespers Sequence, a multi-movement setting of the Byzantine evening prayer service composed for the ensemble by Ivan Moody. Future projects include The Bitter Good by American composer Gregory Spears, for which the quartet was awarded a 2016 Commissioning Grant from Chamber Music America.

The ensemble’s growing discography includes two GRAMMY-nominated releases and albums that have topped the “best of” lists of The New Yorker, Gramophone, and BBC Music Magazine. In August 2016, New York Polyphony released Roma aeterna, a program highlighted by two masses of the High Renaissance by Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina and Tomás Luis de Victoria. The album, their seventh overall and fourth on BIS Records, debuted at #4 on Billboard magazine’s Traditional Classical Album chart. It has been hailed as “blissfully confident and beautiful” (BBC Radio 3 – Record Review), “resplendent and elegant” (San Francisco Chronicle), and “nothing short of revelatory” (AllMusic).

Called a “spacious, radiant retreat” by The New York Times and selected as a “must have” in their Holiday Gift Guide, 2014’s release Sing thee Nowell scored New York Polyphony its second GRAMMY nomination in the Best Chamber Music/ Small Ensemble Performance category.  With the 2013 release of Times go by Turns, the ensemble’s fourth album, New York Polyphony continued “to claim a spot as one of the finest small vocal groups performing today” (Audiophile Audition). Commended as “a complex, clear-eyed yet still painfully beautiful tapestry,” (Gramophone) Times go by Turns amassed substantial critical acclaim. In addition to being named one of iTunes 10 Best Classical Releases of 2013, the album garnered a GrammyY nomination.

New York Polyphony tours extensively, participating in major concert series and festivals around the world. Noteworthy engagements include debut performances at London’s Wigmore Hall and The Royal Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, residencies at Dartmouth College and Stanford University, concerts under the aegis of the Festival Oude Muziek Utrecht (Netherlands), and the European premiere of the Missa Charles Darwin—a newly commissioned secular Mass setting based on texts of Charles Darwin by composer Gregory Brown—at the Museum für Naturkunde in Berlin. Elsewhere New York Polyphony has performed as part of the Tage Alter Musik Regensburg; Rheingau Musik Festival, Thüringer Bachwochen (Germany); Abvlensis International Music Festival (Spain); Stiftskonzerte Oberösterreich (Austria); Festival de Música de Morelia (Mexico); and the Elora Festival (Canada), among others. They have been featured on Performance Today for American Public Media, Footprints to Paradise: A Medieval Christmas for Public Radio International, and BBC Radio 3’s In Tune. In December 2011, New York Polyphony made its national television debut on The Martha Stewart Show.

Ulfried Staber

Born in Fohnsdorf in Styria, Austria bass Ulfried Staber studied music pedagogy and voice at the University of the Arts in Graz with Elisabeth Batrice and Martin Klietmann.

Whilst studying for his degree he developed a love of choral music. As a member of the groups Cantus, Cappella Nova and the Graz cathedral choir, amongst others, he performed at a variety of festivals across Europe and Asia.

As a soloist he has appeared all over Austria, Italy, Switzerland and Germany performing numerous Cantatas and the Passions by Bach, Haydn’s Creation as well as Monteverdi’s Vespers. He has also premiered numerous contemporary works.

He has performed at an array of festivals, including Styriarte, Carinthischer Sommer, Trigonale, Feste Musicale per S.Rocco (Venice), Schlossfestspiele Ludwigsburg, Musikfest Bremen, Tiroler Festspiele Erl and the Festival Oude Muziek Utrecht. He is also part of the duo “multiple voices” with countertenor Terry Wey.

Alongside his work with Cinquecento Ulfried is a much sought after ensemble singer performing regularly for groups such as Weser-Renaissance (Manfred Cordes), La Grande Chapelle (Albert Recasens), Clemencic Consort, Ars Antiqua Austria (Gunar Letzbor), Huelgas Ensemble (Paul Van Nevel), La Capella Reial de Catalunya (Jordi Savall), Nova (Colin Mason), Cappella Mariana and the Balthasar Neumann Chor (Thomas Hengelbrock).

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Profeti della Quinta

Doron Schleifer, canto
Roman Melish, canto
Lior Leibovici, tenor
Dan Dunkelblum, tenor
Elam Rotem, bass
Ori Harmelin, chitarrone

Focusing on repertoire from the 16th and early 17th centuries, the vocal ensemble Profeti della Quinta aims to create vivid and expressive performances for audiences today. In particular, this is achieved through addressing the music performance practices of the period. From its core of five male singers, the ensemble collaborates with instrumentalists and additional singers where required. Another goal of the the ensemble is performing and researching hitherto neglected works, such as Emilio de’ Cavalieri’s Lamentations (1600) and Salomone Rossi’s Hashirim asher li’Shlomo (1623), the first publication of polyphony in Hebrew.

Ensemble Profeti della Quinta was founded in the Galilee region of Israel by the bass singer and harpsichordist Elam Rotem, and is based in Basel, Switzerland, where its members undertook further studies of early music at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis. In 2011 the ensemble won the York Early Music Young Artists Competition, and has since performed in Europe, North-America, Israel, China and Japan. It gave concerts in prominent festivals and venues such as Oude Muziek Festival Utrecht, Beethovenfest Bonn, London Festival of Baroque Music, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and the Shanghai concert hall. In November 2017 the ensemble was the first to perform Monteverdi’s opera L’Orfeo in Israel.

The ensemble has recorded two CDs with music by Salomone Rossi, which were warmly received by public and critics alike. Further recordings are dedicated to music by Luzzaschi, Lasso and to the newly-surfaced manuscript by Carlo G. Profeti della Quinta are also featured in the documentary film Hebreo: The Search for Salomone Rossi by Joseph Rochlitz, filmed in Mantua, Italy. The ensemble has premiered and recorded two large-scale works composed especially for it by Elam Rotem: the biblical drama Joseph and his Brethren and the motet collection Quia amore langueo.

Johanna Winkel

Johanna Winkel initially made herself an excellent reputation in the early music scene and has been consistently expanding her stylistic range to include Romantic and Modern repertoire as well.

In the 2016-2017 season she was invited to perform with musicAeterna and Teodor Currentzis (Purcell The Indian Queen), Freiburg Baroque Orchestra with Gottfried van der Goltz (Beethoven’s 9th Symphony), Musik Podium Stuttgart with Frieder Bernius (Brahms’s Requiem), the Bavarian Radio Choir and Howard Arman (in works by Mendelssohn), the International Bach Academy conducted by Hans-Christoph Rademann (in the Bruckner Te Deum) and the Bonn Beethoven Orchestra conducted by Christof Prick (in Britten’s War Requiem).

Johanna Winkel is also often heard on the opera stage. In April of 2017 she made her début appearance at the Salzburg Easter Festival under the baton of Christian Thielemann, covering the role of Gerhilde in Die Walküre; then, in the fall of 2017, she sang the same role in China with the Hong Kong Philharmonic conducted by Jaap van Zweden. She first sang the role of Leonore (Beethoven Fidelio) at the Theater für Niedersachsen in Hildesheim, where she also covered the role of Agathe (v. Weber Der Freischütz) for the first time in the 2016-2017 season.

Johanna Winkel’s recordings include the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen’s production of Louis Spohr’s oratorio Die letzten Dinge: the CD was featured in the German Record Critics’ quarterly selection of outstanding recordings in 2014. A further recording of Schoenberg’s Moses und Aron (at the Teatro Real Madrid and the Berlin Philharmonie with SWR Symphony Orchestra conducted by Sylvain Cambreling) was nominated for the 2015 Grammy Awards. A further CD featuring works by Bach and Kuhnau with the Arion Baroque Orchestra is soon to be released. Johanna Winkel is also one of soloists regularly featured on Christoph Spering’s complete recording of Bach’s Lutheran Chorale Cantatas with Das Neue Orchester.

Collegium Vocale & Collegium 1704

Prague baroque orchestra and vocal ensemble

The Collegium 1704 and Collegium Vocale 1704 ensembles were founded by the harpsichordist and conductor Václav Luks in 2005 on the occasion of the Bach–Prague–2005 project, marking the beginning of residential collaboration with the Prague Spring International Music Festival.

 

Since 2007, after their huge success with Zelenka’s Missa votiva in France, Collegium 1704 has been regular guest at festivals around Europe besides performing the fundamental pieces of baroque repertoir, promoting work of Czech masters like Jan Dismas Zelenka and Josef Mysliveček.

 

In 2008, they began the Prague-Dresden Musical Bridge concert series, which continues the rich cultural traditions of the two cities. Collaboration with the renowned soloists Magdalena Kožená, Vivica Genaux, and Bejun Mehta naturally led, in 2012, to a second concert series, called Collegium 1704 in the Rudolfinum (formerly Baroque Opera Stars), held at the Rudolfinum – Dvoák Hall in Prague. Since autumn 2015, the two concert series merged into one Season held in Prague and Dresden.

 

Following international successes with opera performance of Handel’s Rinaldo (directed by Louise Moaty) in 2009, the year of 2013 was devoted to rediscovery of the Czech composer Josef Mysliveček. His opera lOlimpiade (directed by Ursel Herrmann) was presented by Collegium 1704 in Prague, Caen, Dijon, Luxembourg, Theater an der Wien and nominated for The International Opera Awards. In 2017, Collegium 1704 gave the modern-era world premiere of Antonio Vivaldi’s Arsilda, regina di Ponto, its first hearing in over 300 years, in Bratislava. Further performances took place at the Opéra de Lille, in Luxembourg, at the Opéra Royal Versailles, and in Caen.

Recent and upcoming guest performances include appearances at the Salzburg Festival, the Lucerne Festival, the Chopin Festival in Warsaw, the Festival Wratislavia Cantans, the Berliner Philharmonie, London’s Wigmore Hall, the Theater and der Wien, the Konzerthaus Wien, and the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels. The ensemble will also serve as artist-in-residence at the renowned Utrecht Early Music Festival and the Leipzig Bach Festival.

Radio and television stations throughout Europe broadcast many Collegium 1704 concerts live and recorded. In 2014, Collegium 1704 and Vaclav Luks collaborated with Bejun Mehta on a DVD project of Gluck’s opera Orfeo ed Euridice and a BBC Two documentary “Mozart in Prague”, starred by Ronaldo Villazon. Its recordings on the Accent, Zig-Zag Territoires and Supraphon labels are continuously acclaimed by the general public and music critics alike (including Diapason d’Or, Coup de Coeur by TV Mezzo, nomination for The Gramophone Awards by Gramophone Magazine etc.). In 2013, the long-awaited Collegium 1704 recording of J. S. Bach’s Mass in B minor was issued, in 2015, the world premiere recording of Missa Divi Xaverii by J. D. Zelenka. The most recent projects are Zelenka’s virtuoso Sonatas as well as Josef Mysliveček’s violin concertos in D major, E major, and A major.

… and why 1704?

1704 is a symbolic year of Jan Dismas Zelenka, our armorial composer. In August 1704 the church of St. Nicholas in Prague witnessed the magnificent performance of Zelenka’s Jesuit allegory play – Via Laureata. As we don’t know anything about Zelenka’s previous life, this event signifies the arrival of some of the most remarkable personalities of the 18th century music of the European music scene.

Barockorchester L’arpa festante

Zefiro Torna

The vocal-instrumental ensemble Zefiro Torna brings to life the cultural heritage from the middle ages, renaissance and baroque in a unique way. The ensemble does not limit itself to a merely historical approach but combines it with other musical traditions, as well as literature, science, philosophy and current art expressions in the field of fine arts, theatre and dance. This results in fascinating pieces of ‘Gesamtkunst’ around a variety of symbolic or allegorical themes.

Therefore, the ensemble entered into dialogue with individual artists, directors, choreographers, composers and performers as Anne-Mie Van Kerckhoven, Bram Bosteels, Brody Neuenschwander, Dick van der Harst, Ghalia Benali, Ief Spincemaille, Jeroen d’Hoe, Martin Valcke, Mauro Pawlowski, Sigrid T’Hooft, Stefaan Degand, Stevie Wishart, Timo Van Luijk, Tom Hannes and with ensembles as Abattoir Fermé, ARSENAAL/LAZARUS, Antwerps Kathedraalkoor, Figurentheater De Maan, Frank Vaganée Trio, Ialma, LOD, Pantalone, Psallentes, Ultima Thule, Vlaams Radiokoor/Hervé Niquet, Vocalconsort Berlin, ZOO/Thomas Hauert.

Through this approach, Zefiro Torna has gained international renown. The ensemble is a welcomed guest in prestigious (inter)national concert venues as Amuz, Bozar, Concertgebouw Brugge, De Bijloke, De Singel, Flagey, Handelsbeurs, Kaaitheater, Muziekgebouw aan ‘tIJ Amsterdam, Philharmonie Haarlem, Radialsystem V/Berlin, Vredenburg Utrecht, Wilminktheater Enschede and art and music festivals as Brosella, Charleroi Danses, Festival de Wallonie, Festival van Vlaanderen-Mechelen, Klarafestival, Laus Polyphoniae, MAfestival Brugge, Zomer van Antwerpen, Banchetto Musicale/Vilnius, Biennale Alter Musik/Konzerthaus Berlin, Concentus Moraviae, Festival de Musica Antigua de Sevilla, Festival Oude Muziek Utrecht, Festival Seviqc-Brezice Slovenië, Frysk Festival, Gergiev Festival Rotterdam, Internationale Orgelwoche Nürnberg, Landshuter Hofmusiktage, Musikfestspiele Potsdam Sanssouci, Operadagen Rotterdam, Theaterfestival Boulevard ’s-Hertogenbosch en Zeeland Nazomer Festival.

Their creations are regularly awarded and several of them have been released on the labels Et’Cetera, Warner Classics and Homerecords.

Scherzi Musicali

In about 10 years, Scherzi Musicali has become an unavoidable Early Music ensemble, recognized for its work on 17th and 18th centuries. It brings 3 to 20 singers and instrumentalists together around Nicolas Achten (°1985), one of the few singers self-accompaning on the lute, theorbo, harp or harpsichord. Scherzi Musicali perfoms through Europe in most Prestigious halls and festivals. Its discography counts 8 albums, including 6 world-première recordings (Caccini, Mazzocchi, Bertali, Fiocco — Brussels’ great baroque composer, etc) published by Ricercar, Alpha, Sony et Musique en Wallonie.

An D’Huys

An D’Huys studied consecutively at Sint-Lukas in Brussel and the Antwerpse Modeacademie, Fashion Design. Since the eighties she has been at work as a costume designer for various companies, such as TG STAN, Toneelgroep Amsterdam, Toneelhuis, Vlaamse Opera and Rosas. In addition, D’Huys also did work for the film world. Furthermore she has been part of the Ann Demeulemeester design team.