Choral Society of Durham, Rodney Wyncoop, conductor.
Spring Symphony -Britten (alto soloist)
Duke University Chapel, Durham, North Carolina.
Saturday May 4th, 8pm.
Jacqueline Horner-Kwiatek is a member of the world renowned vocal quartet Anonymous 4. She has recorded ten award-winning CD’s with the group, including American Angels which twice topped Billboard’s classical music charts, and The Cherry Tree, one of the top selling classical CDs of 2010. A4 has collaborated with such distinguished artists such as The Chilingirian string quartet, harpist Andrew Lawrence-King, writer Toni Morrison, composers Steve Reich, Richard Einhorn, Sir Peter Maxwell-Davies,Sir John Tavener and David Lang and tours extensively throughout the US, Europe and the Far East.
Anonymous 4′s collaboration with composer Christopher Tin, singing the Irish lament “Caoineadh” on his album “Calling All Dawns”, with Jacqueline as featured soloist, led to a Grammy for Best Classical Music Crossover Album.
In addition to her work with Anonymous 4 she has a reputation as a versatile and accomplished soloist, specializing in early and new music. She has appeared with many early music ensembles both in Europe and the US, including The Washington Bach Consort DC, The Bach Sinfonia, Carmel Bach Festival,St Thomas Church NYC, Bach Vespers at Holy Trinity Lutheran NYC, The Baltimore Consort, Armonia Nova,The Folger Consort, Parthenia, Sonnambula, Abendmusik and The Sixteen. Repertoire includes the alto solos in Bach Magnificat, St Matthew and St John Passions, B Minor Mass and many cantatas, Vivaldi’s Gloria, Handel’s Messiah and Dixit Dominus, Durufle Requiem, Paine Mass in D and songs from the Elizabethan era for Parthenia’s acclaimed program When Music and Sweet Poetry Agree.
Her work in new music has led to collaborations with composers Judith Weir, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Luciano Berio, Orlando Gough, Richard Einhorn, Andrew Toovey, Louis Conti, Daniel Thomas Davis, Gregory Spears and Andrew Lovett, singing with such distinguished new music ensembles such as Ensemble Modern Frankfurt, Ensemble Intercontemporian Paris, Singcircle,Continuum, Ixion and the Locrian Chamber Ensemble. She has premiered roles in several operas, including Bacchant in THE BACCHAE (John Buller) for English National Opera London, Monk in GAWAIN (Sir Harrison Birtwistle) for The Royal Opera Covent Garden, Jeannie in THE JUNIPER TREE (Andrew Toovey) for Broomhill International Opera , Jackie Kennedy in JACKIE K (Andrew Lovett) for English National Opera Contemporary Opera Studio, and Eliza Doolittle/Scheherazade in THE LOATHLY LADY (Paul Richards) at University of Pennsylvania. She also premiered the mezzo solos in Richard Einhorn’s new oratorio THE ORIGIN, based on the life of Charles Darwin at SUNYOswego, and in Irish composer Philip Hammond’s REQUIEM FOR THE TITANIC, a performance that was broadcast live from St Anne’s Cathedral Belfast throughout the whole of Ireland.
Jacqueline is also a voice teacher, with a thriving studio in NYC. She is on the faculty of Chorworks, a choral workshop that takes place each summer at The National Cathedral DC. She gives masterclasses and ensemble technique workshops and has given residencies at colleges all over the US, including SUNYOswego, University of Athens Georgia, Mannes School of Music NYC and Georgetown University DC. She also works with student composers and is currently a visiting artist at Duke University NC, helping to develop and perform new pieces for voice and piano/electronics.