Theatre of Voices

Vocal Ensemble

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The Grammy®-award winning ensemble Theatre of Voices was founded by Paul Hillier in 1990. Current projects include music ranging from Dowland, Carissimi, Buxtehude and Bach, to many of today’s most eminent composers such as Arvo Pärt, Steve Reich, John Cage, Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen, and David Lang. The group regularly performs at Edinburgh Festival, Barbican Centre and Carnegie Hall – where they premiered David Lang’s “The Little Match Girl Passion.” The piece was commissioned for TOV and won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize. The harmonia mundi recording won a Grammy® Award in 2010. TOV’s 2007 recording of Stockhausen’s “Stimmung” led to the ensemble being invited to open the 2008 Berliner Festspiele at the composer’s request. Theatre of Voices works with some of the world’s best instrumentalists and has premiered Gavin Bryars’s “The Stone Arch” with the Kronos Quartet at Barbican Centre’s Steve Reich Festival. In 2009 the ensemble presented a new production by Chinese composer Liu Sola also at the Barbican Centre and Takkelloftet at the Royal Opera in Copenhagen: “The Afterlife of Li Jiantong.” Presently, Theatre of Voices is working with London Sinfonietta on a new round of music by Danish composer Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen.



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