Fri Mar 10
Graduate Colloquium Series
Matthew White, Executive and Artistic Director, Early Music Vancouver
In conversation with Richard Kurth
"Reimagining Concert Programming and Career Development in the 21st Century"
3:30 pm, Gessler Hall (Room 116), Music Building
Note: Deirdre Morgan originally scheduled for this date will appear March 17.
Matthew White, born in Ottawa, is one of the most accomplished countertenors of his generation. His operatic achievements include performances with the Glyndebourne Festival Opera, New York City Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Cleveland Opera, and Opera Atelier. In June 2003, White sang the roles of Evanthes and Bacchus in the first performance in modern times of Johann Georg Conradi’s 1691 opera Ariadne at the Boston Early Music Festival. The studio recording with the same cast received a Grammy nomination for Best Opera Recording of 2005. As an active soloist in oratorio and in concert, White has appeared at the Vancouver, Boston, and Utrecht Early Music Festivals and has sung with Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, Boston's Handel and Haydn Society, Les Violons du Roy, and Les Voix Humaines. White has recorded for the Naxos, Harmonia Mundi and Analekta labels. His recording, Elegeia won a 2004 Cannes Classical Award for best new early music solo recording. Since 2013, White has been Executive and Artistic Director of Early Music Vancouver, where his innovations in programming, collaboration, and leadership have been exciting and extremely successful. This conversation with Matthew White will range over a variety of topics of interest to students embarking on careers in music, both in performance and in concert production. Drawing on Matthew's personal experience — his successful development of a unique performing career, and his innovative collaborations on new approaches to programming — the dialogue will help us better understand how students can pursue distinctive and rewarding careers that reflect their unique talents and interests.