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Admired for his interpretive depth, vocal strength, and range of expressivity, tenor Paul Appleby is one of the most sought-after voices of his generation. In recent seasons, Appleby has performed solo recitals at prestigious halls around the globe such as London’s Wigmore Hall and Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Hall. He has also appeared as soloist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic under Gustavo Dudamel, the Opéra de Paris Orchestra, the Bamberg Symphony and others. Opera highlights include productions at Glyndebourne, the San Francisco, Santa Fe, and Washington National operas, and  multiple appearances at the Metroprolitan Opera.

The 18-19 Season saw operatic performances featuring the title role of Pelléas et Mélisande both at the Metropolitan Opera and at Dutch National Opera, the title role of Don Giovanni at the Metropolitan Opera, and a debut at the Gran Teatre del Liceu in the title role of Candide.  He also made debuts at the Ravinia Festival with the Chicago Symphony and at the Edinburgh International Festival.

Appleby’s discography includes a Nonesuch release of Nico Muhly’s opera, Two Boys, recorded live by the Metropolitan Opera; and DVD’s of Glyndebourne’s presentation of Handel’s Saul (2015) and Berlioz’s Béatrice et Bénédict (2016) were released commercially by Opus Arte.  Delos released Dear Theo; the first album dedicated solely to works by American composer Ben Moore, featuring the song cycle from which the album takes its name.

Paul Appleby is a founding core member of the American Modern Opera Company (AMOC) and a graduate of Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artist Development Program.  A recipient of an artist diploma in Opera Studies at The Juilliard School, he also has received a master’s degree from Juilliard and a bachelor’s degree in English Literature and in Music from the University of Notre Dame.

 

Pianist Conor Hanick has performed throughout the world with some of the leading ensembles, instrumentalists, and conductors, and worked with composers as diverse as Charles Wuorinen and Caroline Shaw. Hanick recently appeared with The Julliard Orchestra at Alice Tully Hall; the Alabama Symphony in the premiere of Matthew Aucoin's Piano Concerto; and Alan Gilbert in Gyorgy Ligeti's Piano Concerto for the New York Philharmonic Biennial. Last season he performed with the American Modern Opera Company (AMOC) at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, National Sawdust, and the American Repertory Theater. A recent finalist for the Andrew Wolf Chamber Music Award, Mr. Hanick is a graduate of Northwestern University and The Julliard School.

Cellist Coleman Itzkoff enjoys a diverse career as a soloist, chamber and orchestral musician, and educator. Itzkoff has been artist-in-residence on American Public Media’s Performance Today and soloist with numerous orchestras across the country, recently giving his Walt Disney Hall concerto debut. He is the Principal Cellist of the American Youth Symphony, and a regular performer at the Brooklyn concert series Bargemusic. He has performed at the Aspen Music Festival, International Heifetz Institute, La Jolla SummerFest, and Yellow Barn. Itzkoff also teaches and performs outreach concerts in schools, community centers, and hospitals around the country. He was recently awarded the Cleveland Clinic Arts and Medicine Award in recognition of his contributions to patients. Itzkoff received his bachelor’s degree from Rice University and master’s degree from Thornton School of Music at USC.

Violinist Keir GoGwilt has performed concerti with orchestras including the Chinese National Symphony, the Orquesta Filarmonica de Santiago, the Bowdoin International Music Festival Orchestra, and has served as acting associate concert master of the Canadian Opera Company. He has played at the Spoleto Festival in Italy, Rockport Chamber Music, the Luminato Festival, Yellow Barn, and Taos. In addition to performing, he writes about techniques and templates for musical reproductionwhich have led to projects such as a recital integrating experimental poetry, a pop-up reading, and performance at the Birch Aquarium “Climate Change News Report Room,” and a collaboration with dancer Bobbi Jene Smith involving structured improvisations. GoGwilt was born in Edinburgh, Scotland and grew up in New York City. He graduated from Harvard University and was awarded the Louis Sudler Prize in the Arts.