Ensemble for Early Music
Biographies

Sherezade Panthaki, soprano

Soprano Sherezade Panthaki's international success has been fueled by superbly honed musicianship; “shimmering sensitivity” (Cleveland Plain Dealer); a “radiant” voice (The Washington Post); and passionately informed interpretations, “mining deep emotion from the subtle shaping of the lines” (The New York Times). An acknowledged star in the early-music field, Ms. Panthaki has developed ongoing collaborations with many of the world’s leading interpreters including Nicholas McGegan, Simon Carrington, John Scott, Mark Morris, and Masaaki Suzuki, with whom she made her 2013 New York Philharmonic debut in a program of Bach and Mendelssohn. Highlights of her past and current season include Handel's Messiah with Bach Collegium Japan in Tokyo; Handel's Saul with the Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra in Toronto; Orff’s Carmina Burana with the Houston Symphony; Bach cantatas with Music of the Baroque in Chicago; the title role of Galatea in the US tour of Handel's Acis and Galatea with the Mark Morris Dance Group; Handel and Bach with Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra in San Francisco; Handel’s Solomon with the Radio Kamer Filharmonie in Holland; Handel's Messiah with the Nashville Symphony; Bach’s St. Matthew Passion and Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610 with the Yale Schola Cantorum; Poulenc’s Stabat Mater with Simon Carrington; Britten's War Requiem with the Louisville Choral Arts Society; Handel at Carnegie Hall with William Christie and the Yale Philharmonia; solo concerts of Bach, Handel, and Vivaldi with the Rebel Baroque Orchestra; Handel’s Messiah and Bach’s Cantata BWV 51 with the Portland Baroque Orchestra (Oregon); Bach’s Christmas Oratorio and solo cantatas with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s in New York city; and Bach’s St. John Passion, St. Matthew Passion, and Brahms Requiem with John Scott and the Choir and Orchestra of St. Thomas Fifth Avenue, New York City. Born and raised in India, Ms. Panthaki holds an Artist Diploma from the Yale School of Music and the Yale Institute of Sacred Music, where she won multiple awards, including the prestigious Phyllis Curtin Career Entry Prize, awarded to launch the career of a student who demonstrates exceptional promise and talent as an artist. She earned a Masters degree from the University of Illinois and a Bachelors degree from West Virginia Wesleyan College. In New York city she is a frequent soloist with the most accomplished early music ensembles, including the Orchestra of St. Luke's, the choir and orchestra of Trinity Church Wall Street (with whom she performed on a Grammy nominated recording), and the Clarion Music Ensemble. She is quickly gaining recognition as a sought-after recording artist with several projects in production. For the past seven years, she has been a founding member of Gravitación, with whom she has toured and recorded extensively.

Jay Carter, counter-tenor
American countertenor Jay Carter is quickly gaining recognition as one of the North America's finest. A frequent collaborator with both period and modern ensembles, Carter is recognized as a leading interpreter of Baroque repertoire. He has also gained acclaim for recital programs of modern classics typically outside the standard countertenor repertory by composers such as Brahms, Britten, Schubert, and Hahn. Carter made his Carnegie Hall debut in Messiah with Musica Sacra directed by Kent Tritle and recently made his Kennedy Center Debut with The National Symphony under the baton of Matthew Halls in Messiah.  Recent appearances include Bach's Matthew Passion with the American Bach Soloists, the Choir of St. Thomas and Concert Royal;  Handel's Messiah with the National Symphony at the Kennedy Center; Handel's Saul with Musica Vocale and the Kansas City Baroque Consortium; and the North American Premiere of John Tavener's Lament for Jerusalem with the Choral Arts Society of Washington.  He has worked as a soloist with noted conductors Ton Koopman, John Scott,  Matthew Halls, Sir Philip Ledger, Arnold Epley,  Simon Carrington and Helmuth Rilling. In the coming season Carter will make his Cleveland Orchestra debut and Philharmonia Baroque debut under the baton of Nicholas McGegan as well appearing in return engagements with The Kingsbury Ensemble, The National Symphony, The Houston Symphony, and The Choir of St. Thomas Church New York. Mr. Carter is increasingly in demand as a guest lecturer on countertenor technique and repertory, frequently offering interactive lecture-recitals and masterclasses. He received a Masters in Music from the Yale School of Music and Institute of Sacred Music, where he studied with James Taylor, Simon Carrington, and Judith Malafronte and was singled out for the Louise E. McClain scholarship. He received his undergraduate degree in music from William Jewell College where he studied voice with Arnold Epley. He lives in Liberty, Missouri with his wife and two children, and serves as Artist-in-residence at William Jewell College mentoring undergraduate music students and leading the Schola Cantorum.

Daniel Carberg, tenor

Daniel Carberg, tenor, is an internationally renowned performer and teacher with noted appearances throughout North America and Europe. Recently he has sung with Sting, Piffaro, The Catacoustic Consort, and has been featured on National Public Radio’s Performance Today. In 2010 Dan performed the lead role of Orfeo in Claudio Monteverdi’s opera, L’Orfeo for Opera Otago, New Zealand. Dan has performed as a regular member of Theatre of Voices and Pro Arte Singers, and is a current member of three American vocal ensembles: Liber, The Concord Ensemble and Gravitación. Other important appearances include the San Francisco, Berkeley, Madison and

Bloomington Early Music Festivals, performances at Songfest, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw and Musiekgebouw, Disney Hall and Carnegie Hall. As a musical director of opera, Dan has led productions of Purcell’s The Fairy Queen and Dido and Aeneas, Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di

Poppea, Mozart’s Bastien und Bastienne, Handel’s Alcina, John Blow’s Venus and Adonis and most recently Marc-Antoine Charpentier’s Le Malade Imaginaire. Recordings of Dan can be found on such labels as Harmonia Mundi, Dorian Records, Gothic Records and First Step Records. Dan taught at Millikin University in Decatur Illinois for twelve years serving as Associate Professor, with subjects including applied voice, vocal pedagogy, main-stage opera, medieval/renaissance music history, baroque opera history, commercial vocal styles, class voice, and he directed a select vocal ensemble, Tudor Voices.  With strong roots in classical and early music, he also has extensive experience and interest in jazz, music theatre, and commercial music. In addition Dan served as faculty at La Bella Musica in Urbania, Italy for two summers and in 2008 he co-founded the annual New Brunswick Early Music Festival in Canada, where he serves as Co-Artistic Director. Joining the music faculty at Keene State College in the fall of 2013, Dan serves as the Coordinator of Vocal Activities.

Matthew Leese, baritone

Matthew Leese, baritone is known as a versatile singer, conductor and director.

His extensive performing experience in the USA, Canada, New Zealand, Asia and Europe includes dozens of opera, recital and oratorio performances. CD credits include Le Stagioni and Elements with First Step Records, a disc of new music by NZ composer Anthony Ritchie, as medieval soloist on the 2007 Norton Anthology, In a Vale of Tears with Tudor Voices and Crowned with Laurel with medieval ensemble LIBER. Matthew has sung under the direction of such illustrious musicians as Simon Carrington, Joseph Flummerfeld, Michael Lloyd, John Poole, Nigel North, Karen Grylls, Fred Stoltzfus and Chet Alwes.

As a stage director, Matthew has led dozens of staged projects and is known for his expertise in baroque stage movement and preparing his own performance texts, seen in productions of Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, The Fairy Queen, Charpentier’s Le Malade Imaginaire, in Claudio Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo and Lincoronazione di Poppea and in collaborative works such as a choral/spoken word/dance performance of Virgil Thomson’s Medea of Euripides. Recent singing engagements include performing French Baroque Cantatas with Bourbon Baroque in Louisville KY, appearing as a singer for the Mark Morris Dance Group, and as baritone soloist in Bach’s St Matthew Passion with the Spire Ensemble at the Kauffman Center, Kansas City. Recent conducting work has seen Matthew lead productions of staged Bach Cantatas for Millikin Opera Theater, serving as Guest Conductor for the Passamaquoddy region’s Voice of the Bay 2013, and two years as the conductor of Millikin University’s senior women’s choir University Women. Matthew is Co-Artistic Director of NewBEMF (New Brunswick Early Music Festival) and works as a freelance artist based in Keene, New Hampshire.



Guest Artists

Michel Angers, theorbo

Pablo Cora, tenor and haute-contre
Claire Fedoruk, soprano

Youngmi Kim, soprano
Michael Leopold, theorbo
Molly Pufall, mezzo-soprano

Adam Wead, lute and theorbo
Jay White, counter-tenor
 

Gravitacion
37 Church Street #3
Keene, NH 03431

(603) 465-8602

mattleese@gmail.com


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