Personal Summary / Bio
The viol quartet PARTHENIA brings early music into the present with its repertoire that animates ancient and fresh-commissioned contemporary works with a ravishing sound and a remarkable sense of ensemble. These “local early-music stars,” hailed by The New Yorker and music critics throughout the world, are “one of the brightest lights in New York’s early-music scene.”
Parthenia is presented in concerts across America, and produces its own series in New York City, collaborating regularly with the world’s foremost early music specialists. The quartet has been featured in prestigious festivals and series as wide-ranging as Music Before 1800, the Harriman-Jewell Series, Maverick Concerts, the Regensburg Tage Alter Musik, the Shalin Lui Performing Arts Center, the Pierpont Morgan Library, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Yale Center for British Art, Columbia University’s Miller Theatre, and the Cathedral of St. John the Divine.
Parthenia’s performances range from its popular touring program, When Music & Sweet Poetry Agree, a celebration of Elizabethan poetry and music with actor Paul Hecht, to the complete viol fantasies of Henry Purcell, as well as the complete instrumental works of Robert Parsons, and commissions and premieres of new works annually.
Parthenia has recorded Les Amours de Mai with soprano Julianne Baird and violinist Robert Mealy, A Reliquary for William Blake, Within the Labyrinth, and was featured on jazz trumpeter Randy Sandke’s CD, Trumpet After Dark. The ensemble’s most recent release is As it Fell on a Holie Eve - Music for an Elizabethan Christmas, with soprano Julianne Baird.
Parthenia is represented by GEMS Live! Artist Management and records for MSR Classics. More information about Parthenia’s activities can be found at parthenia.org.