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Jacqueline Horner-Kwiatek


Jacqueline Horner-Kwiatek, mezzo-soprano, was a member of the world renowned vocal quartet Anonymous 4 from 2000-2015. She recorded twelve award-winning CD’s with the group, including American Angels which twice topped Billboard’s classical music charts, and The Cherry Tree, one of the top selling classical CDs of 2010. Anonymous 4′s collaboration with composer Christopher Tin, singing the Irish lament “Caoineadh” on his album Calling All Dawns, with Jacqueline as featured soloist, led to a Grammy for Best Classical Music Crossover Album.

She has a reputation as a versatile and accomplished soloist, specializing in early and new music. She has collaborated with many composers including Judith Weir, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Luciano Berio, Orlando Gough, Richard Einhorn, Andrew Toovey, Andrew Lovett, Louis Conti, Daniel Thomas Davis, Gregory Spears, Phil Kline and David Lang, singing with such distinguished new music ensembles such as Ensemble Modern Frankfurt, Ensemble Intercontemporain Paris, Singcircle, Continuum, Washington Square Contemporary Music Society, Ixion, Dogs of Desire, Ekmeles, S.E.M. Ensemble and the Locrian Chamber Ensemble.

She has premiered roles in several operas, including Bacchant in The Bacchae (John Buller) for English National Opera London, Monk in Gawain (Sir Harrison Birtwistle) for The Royal Opera Covent Garden, Jeannie in The Juniper Tree (Andrew Toovey) for Broomhill International Opera , Jackie Kennedy in Jackie K (Andrew Lovett) for English National Opera Contemporary Opera Studio, Eliza Doolittle/Scheherazade in The Loathly Lady (Paul Richards) at University of Pennsylvania and Bleiddwen in Wolf-in-Skins, an opera ballet by Gregory Spears and choreographer Christopher Williams for American Opera Projects.

She also premiered the mezzo solos in Richard Einhorn’s new oratorio The Origin, based on the life of Charles Darwin at SUNYOswego, and in Irish composer Philip Hammond’s Requiem for the Titanic, a performance that was broadcast live from St Anne’s Cathedral Belfast throughout the whole of Ireland. She is currently singing the role of Katherine in an opera in development, Tesla, by composer Phil Kline and film-maker Jim Jarmusch, directed by Robert Wilson and recently performed excerpts from the piece at the Winnipeg New Music Festival and in New York with American Opera Projects. Other recent concerts have included a world premiere performance of a new Alexander Goehr piece with Juilliard New Music Ensemble. Future projects include the role of Alcina in Jonathan Dawe’s Cracked Orlando, a new as yet untitled monodrama being written for her by Phil Kline, the role of Gertrude Stein in a new chamber opera by Daniel Thomas Davis for Canada Public Radio and the role of the Overseer in the world premiere of Sweat by Juliet Palmer at National Sawdust.

She has appeared as a guest soloist with many ensembles both in Europe and the US, including The Washington Bach Consort DC, The Sixteen, The Bach Sinfonia, Carmel Bach Festival, St. Thomas Church NYC, Bach Vespers at Holy Trinity Lutheran NYC, Baltimore Consort, Bach Festival of Philadelphia, Armonia Nova, The Folger Consort, Parthenia, Sonnambula, Abendmusik, Hudson Chorale,and Fairfax Choral Society. Repertoire includes the mezzo/alto solos in Bach Magnificat St Matthew and St John Passions, B Minor Mass and many cantatas, Vivaldi’s Gloria, Handel’s Messiah and Dixit Dominus, Durufle and Faure Requiem, Paine Mass in D and songs from the Elizabethan era for Parthenia’s acclaimed program When Music and Sweet Poetry Agree. She is a frequent soloist with Distinguished Concerts International New York, performing Calling All Dawns at Carnegie Hall and Avery Fisher Hall. She is the Artistic Director of ModernMedieval, a new ensemble that foster collaborative projects featuring early music in a modern setting.

Jacqueline is also a voice teacher, maintaining a private studio in New York in addition to being an adjunct Professor of Voice at Columbia University Teachers College and Fordham University. She has given residencies and masterclasses at Universities all over the US, including SUNYOswego, University of Athens Georgia, Mannes School of Music NYC and Georgetown University DC. She also has been a Visiting Artist at Duke University NC, The Catholic University of America D.C. and Binghamton University New York, collaborating with student composers to develop and perform new pieces for the voice. She also gives lectures on vocal heath, vocal pedagogy and Extended Vocal Techniques, and gives Ensemble Technique workshops with groups ranging from trios to choirs with 100+ members. She is a member of the faculty of Chorworks, a choral workshop held annually in D.C. She holds degrees from Queens University Belfast and Teacher’s College Columbia University and is currently a C.V. Starr Doctoral Fellow and a Teaching Fellow at The Juilliard School.

Experiences no. 2 (John Cage)

A video of my performance of Experiences no.2 by John Cage. A beautiful , chant-like, a cappella setting of a haunting poem by e.e.cummings.

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O JERUSALEM (Hildegard of Bingen)

Excerpts from a performance of the chant “O Jerusalem” by Hildegard of Bingen, performed by ModernMedieval Trio of Voices at the Metropolitian Museum of Art, December 2016.

“..Hildegard von Bingen’s “O Jerusalem,” exquisitely sung.. by ModernMedieval Trio of Voices (anchored by Jacqueline Horner-Kwiatek, formerly of the all-female a cappella group Anonymous 4). This Latin chant, begun in unison and then moving into differentiated, but still simple, vocal lines, was all about ascent and ecstasy”. (Heidi Waleson, Wall Street Journal)

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