(For bios of Artists who participated in the European performances see French page “Artistes”)
Patrick Zimmerli, composer
Jazz and classical composer Patrick Zimmerli's music has been played at Vienna’s Grosses Konzertzaal, Paris’ Salle Pleyel and Philharmonie, New York's Carnegie Hall, the SFJazz Center in San Francisco, the Kennedy Center, London's Wigmore Hall, Sala Sao Paolo in Brazil, and New York’s MoMA and Guggenheim Museum. He recently wrote an evening-length suite for saxophonist Joshua Redman and the string quartet Brooklyn Rider, which was recorded on Nonesuch (Warner) for September 2017 release. He won the 2015 Chamber Music America New Jazz Works commission for Clockworks, a suite for jazz quartet, which was premiered at (le) Poisson Rouge in New York and was recorded for Songlines. He has written music for Brad Mehldau, Luciana Souza, Larry Grenadier, Brian Blade, the Colorado Music Festival Orchestra and the Knights Orchestra, the Escher and Ying String Quartets, and many others. In 2012 Zimmerli’s Modern Music was premiered at Carnegie Hall by pianists Brad Mehldau and Kevin Hays, and recorded for Nonesuch. Zimmerli has written numerous orchestral, chamber, and choral works, including two Piano Trios for the Seattle Chamber Music Festival, and two four-movement Piano Concertos with jazz percussion, written for the Metamorphosen Chamber Orchestra and pianists Ethan Iverson and Sonia Rubinsky. Other commissioners include the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and violinist Timothy Fain (whose recording of Zimmerli's solo violin piece was released on Naxos). Awards include first prize in the first annual Thelonious Monk Institute Composers' Competition. Zimmerli’s work has also been recorded on the Blue Note and Naive labels-- his most recent release is Shores Against Silence (Songlines).
Cathedral Chorus of St. John the Divine, Kent Tritle, conductor
Cathedral Chorus of St. John the Divine
The 14-voice professional choir sets the standard for music-making at the Cathedral. Its members include some of New York City’s finest choral performers, who are also accomplished soloists in their own right. The Cathedral Choir provides music for the Sunday 11 am Eucharist and 4 pm Evensong services throughout the year and also sings for other major feast days of the Christian calendar, such as Christmas, Holy Week, and Easter. In addition, the choir serves as the core ensemble for the Cathedral’s Great Music in a Great Space concert series.
Kent Tritle is one of America’s leading choral conductors. Called “the brightest star in New York's choral music world” by The New York Times, he is in his sixth season as Director of Cathedral Music and Organist at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City; his tenth season as Music Director of Musica Sacra; and his twelfth season as Music Director of the Oratorio Society of New York. In addition, Kent is Director of Choral Activities and Chair of the Organ Department at the Manhattan School of Music and is a member of the graduate faculty of The Juilliard School. Also an acclaimed organ virtuoso, Kent Tritle is the organist of the New York Philharmonic and the American Symphony Orchestra. In the summer of 2016, Kent made his Asian debut, an appearance at South Korea’s Great Mountains Music Festival and School conducting The National Chorus of Korea and the GMMFS Orchestra. This landmark event launched a 2016-17 season highlighted by the U.S. premiere of Einojuhani Rautaavara’s Vigilia (the full work) at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine; masterpiece masses by Bach and Mozart with the Oratorio Society of New York at Carnegie Hall; programs of Palestrina, Arvo Pärt, and Sir John Tavener, and of Bach, Britten, and Brahms with Musica Sacra; and the third annual presentation of a major choral work by the Oratorio Society and the Manhattan School of Music at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine: Britten’s War Requiem.
Paul Appleby, Tenor
“Mr. Appleby was in spectacular form as Tom. Floppy-limbed and animated by idle nervous energy he was every inch the “shuttle- headed lad” described in the libretto. His roomy, relaxed tenor was a course of unalloyed pleasure, especially in crescendos in which it bloomed without a hint of strain or steel.” –New York Times
Following a summer season that featured Paul Appleby in his Festival d’Aix-en-Provence debut as Tom Rakewell in The Rake’s Progress by director Simon McBurney, the tenor returns to San Francisco Opera for the world premiere of John Adams' Girls of the Golden West. Later in the 2017–18 season, he returns to Dutch National Opera revisiting McBurney’s production of The Rake’s Progress. On the stage of the Metropolitan Opera, the tenor has bowed as Tom Rakewell, Belmonte in Die Entführung aus dem Serail, David in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, and in the lead role of Brian in the North American premiere of Nico Muhly’s Two Boys. Highlights from recent seasons also include Bénédict in Béatrice et Bénédict at the Palais Garnier, Jonathan in a new production of Saul at the Glyndebourne Festival, Fritz in The Grand Duchess of Gerolstein at the Santa Fe Opera, Tamino in The Magic Flute at Washington National Opera, Ferrando in Così fan tutte at Canadian Opera Company, and Tom Rakewell at Oper Frankfurt. Appleby made his San Francisco Opera debut in 2015 as Tamino.
Thomas Enhco, Pianist
Thomas Enhco, born in Paris in 1988, is a French pianist and composer. His first album Esquisse (featuring drums-legend Peter Erskine) came out in 2006. In 2010, he won the Django d’Or “New Talent” prize. In 2011, he composed music for the movie Les Cinq Parties du Monde, for which he received the prestigious 2012 FIPA d’Or for Best Original Soundtrack; in 2012, he recorded in New York with Jack Dejohnette and John Pattitucci. That same year, Thomas Enhco Trio's record, Fireflies, was released on Label Bleu, winning the award « Révélation » at the Victoires du Jazz 2013 (French Grammy).
Since then, Thomas has been supported by BNP Paribas Foundation, performing an average of 130 concerts per year throughout the world.
In 2014, he signed with Universal Music / Decca Records for three albums, the first of which was a piano solo recording, Feathers, released in 2015 on Verve, and nominated for "Best Album" at Victoires du Jazz 2015.
He has since been invited to numerous national TV and radio shows, featured in newspapers and magazines, and on May 7th, 2015 in Paris, he filled the famous Théâtre du Châtelet for his album release concert, with guests Kurt Rosenwinkel on guitar and Henri Demarquette on cello. The same year, he recorded a duo album with Bulgarian classical percussionist Vassilena Serafimova, for the legendary classical label Deutsche Grammophon (release April 8th, 2016).
In 2017, he will make his debut concerts with symphony orchestras, with Orchestre National de Lorraine, Orchestre de Pau Pays de Béarn and Orchestre Régional Avignon Provence, in George Gershwin's Concerto in F and Rhapsody in Blue, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's 24th Piano Concerto (K.491), John Adams' Eros Piano and the premiere of his own First Piano Concerto.
Jean-Baptiste Leclère, Percussion
Jean-Baptiste Leclère étudie la percussioJean-Baptiste Leclère étudie la percussion avec Daniel Sauvage puis Michel Gastaud avant d'intégrer en 2005 le Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris dans la classe de Michel Cerutti, Florent Jodelet et Eric Sammut. Après avoir été reçu comme 2nd percussion solo en 2007, il occupe, depuis 2013, le poste de 1er percussion solo au sein de l’Orchestre de l’Opéra National de Paris. Son désir de réunir des personnalités éclectiques françaises de la percussion l'entraine à fonder le Paris Percussion Group. Il est également membre du quatuor 2 pianos, 2 percussions Jatekok. Son intérêt particulier à la percussion d'orchestre l'amène à animer régulièrement des masterclass et clinics en France comme à l'étranger (Etats Unis, Colombie, Grèce, Bulgarie, Belgique, Suisse, Hollande, Taiwan, Australie). Il participe également à de nombreux concerts en soliste et en musique de chambre (Percussion and Marimba Festival of Bulgaria, Shanghai Concert Hall, Radio France, Opéra National de Paris, Teatro Major Santo Domingo, Australian Percussion Gathering...). Il enregistre notamment avec le violoncelliste Alexis Descharmes Rauche Pinselspitze II de Klaus Huber (disque grand prix de l’Académie Charles Cros). Attiré par la danse, il participe à la conception et la création des soirées Musique et Danse au Palais Garnier en 2012 avec Brigitte Lefèvre, puis en 2014 avec Benjamin Millepied. Il collabore alors avec des chorégraphes comme Sébastien Bertaud, Bruno Bouché et Simon Valastro. Il poursuit cette aventure avec Incidence Chorégraphique et son directeur Bruno Bouché sur la scène du Théâtre de Sens ou encore à Taiwan lors de l'académie du duo Nanaformosa en 2015. Jean-Baptiste enseigne actuellement au CRR de Saint-Maur-des-Fossés, au pôle supérieur CESMD Poitou-Charentes et au sein de l’Académie Eurocuivres. Il est artiste Zildjian, Black Swamp Percussion, Innovative et Bergerault.
Mirabelle Ordinaire, director
French director and librettist Mirabelle Ordinaire is active in New York and Paris. Following her directing residency at the Académie of the Paris Opera during the 2015-2016 season, she will stage a new production of Mozart's Bastien & Bastienne there in May 2017. She is also preparing a semi-staged version of Rossini's Il Signor Bruschino with the Orchestre National d'Ile de France (March 2017). Directing credits include La Vie Parisienne (Salle Gaveau, 2015) and Les Temps Aventureux for the 2015 festival « 1, 2, 3 Opéra ! » for Dix Mois d’École et d’Opéra, and in New York, A Theory of Perpetual Motion (The Tank, 2013), Lorca in New York (La Nacional, 2012), and Harold Pinter's The Dumb Waiter (Arthur Seelen Theatre, 2007). She was Christophe Perton's assistant director on Don Giovanni (Atelier lyrique de l'Opéra de Paris, 2014), and also served as assistant/interpreter to Robert Wilson on La Fontaine's Fables (Comédie française, 2003-2004), and to Andrei Serban on Verdi's Otello (Opéra Bastille, 2004). She earned her PhD in Theatre at Columbia University (2011) and has been teaching acting and directing workshops on Shakespeare at Sciences Po in Paris since 2012. She is a member of the English Committee of the Maison Antoine Vitez, dedicated to the translation of foreign plays into French.