Theatre of Voices
Theatre of Voices received a Grammy Award for its recording of the little match girl
passion in 2010-the year of the group's 20th anniversary. The ensemble was founded by
Paul Hillier and is widely recognized as one of Europe's foremost vocal groups. Current
projects include music that ranges from Pérotin to Dowland to Buxtehude, as well as many
eminent composers of today and recent years, such as Berio, Cage, Stockhausen, Arvo Pärt,
and Steve Reich.
In 2007, members of the group performed John Adams's Grand Pianola Music in Los
Angeles, conducted by the composer. The ensemble regularly performs at Edinburgh Festival,
the BBC Proms, Sacrum Profanum festival, and the Barbican, and has opened Berliner
Festspiele with Stockhausen's Stimmung at the composer's own request.
Theatre of Voices works with some of the world's best instrumentalists. It has premiered
Gavin Bryars's The Stone Arch with Kronos Quartet, and presented The Afterlife
of Li Jiantong by Chinese composer Liu Sola at the Barbican and the Takkelloftet in
Copenhagen. Theatre of Voices is currently working with London Sinfonietta on a new round
of music by Danish composer Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen, with more premieres and recordings
to come later this year.
The past few seasons have included tours to Australia, Sweden, the UK, Mexico, Denmark,
Italy, France, Poland, Belgium, Germany, Portugal, Holland, and Ireland. The group's most
recent CDs include Cries of London (English Renaissance music), Stockhausen's
Stimmung (the Copenhagen version), Stories (Berio and more), and The
Christmas Story. The ensemble also has released Buxtehude's Scandinavian
Cantatas-the first in a series of five CDs. In April, Theatre of Voices will release
Creator Spiritus, an album of music by Arvo Pärt. Visit theatreofvoices.com for
Paul Hillier is from Dorset in England and studied at the Guildhall School of Music &
Drama in London. His career has embraced singing, conducting, and writing about music.
Earlier in his career, he was founding director of the Hilliard Ensemble, and he
subsequently founded Theatre of Voices. He has taught in the US at the Santa Cruz and Davis
campuses of the University of California and from 1996-2003 was director of the Early Music
Institute at Indiana University. He was principal conductor of the Estonian Philharmonic
Chamber Choir (2001-2007) and has been chief conductor of Ars Nova Copenhagen since 2003.
His recordings, including seven solo recitals, have earned worldwide acclaim and won
numerous prizes. His books about Arvo Pärt and Steve Reich, together with numerous
anthologies of choral music, are published by Oxford University Press. In 2006, he was made
an Officer of the Order of the British Empire for services to choral music. In 2007, he
received the Order of the White Star of Estonia and earned a Grammy Award for Best Choral
Recording. In 2008, he became chief conductor of the National Chamber Choir of Ireland and
was appointed artistic director of the Coro Casa da Música in Porto, Portugal. During the
2009-2010 season, he was artist-in-residence at Yale University's Institute of Sacred
Music, gave the Springfield Music Lecture at Rhodes College (Memphis), and performed in New
York at the Bang on a Can Marathon and Lincoln Center, at The Royal Opera in Copenhagen,
the Barbican in London, and at Perth International Arts Festival in Australia. Mr. Hillier
is nominated for a 2012 Grammy Award for the seventh time in nine years-this time with Ars
Nova Copenhagen in music by Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen.