Jory Vinikour

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Two time Grammy® Award nominated harpsichordist Jory Vinikour is recognized as one of the outstanding musicians of his generation. A highly diversified career brings him to the world’s most important festivals and concert halls as recital and concerto soloist, and partner to several of today’s finest artists.

In recent seasons, Mr. Vinikour has appeared as conductor/soloist with the Bergen Philharmonic, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Musica Angelica, Korea Chamber Orchestra, musicAeterna, Juillard415, Alabama Symphony. He directed Handel’s Agrippina in August, 2016 for West Edge Opera, and Purcell’s Fairy Queen for Chicago Opera Theater the following November. For Milwaukee’s Florentine Opera, he directs John Blow’s Venus and Adonis alongside Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas. For Music Angelica, Jory will direct a program of French Baroque music, featuring mezzo-soprano Céline Ricci and violinist Cynthia Roberts. Jory Vinikour is Artistic Director and co-founder of Great Lakes Baroque in Milwaukee.

In repertoire ranging from Bach to Poulenc to Nyman, Jory has performed as soloist with the Rotterdam Philharmonic, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Lausanne Chamber Orchestra, Philharmonic of Radio France, Ensemble Orchestral de Paris, Netherlands Chamber Orchestra, MDR Symphony Orchestra, Cape Town Symphony Orchestra, Moscow Chamber Orchestra, and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, with conductors such as Stéphane Denève, Martin Haselböck, Marek Janowski, Armin Jordan, Benjamin Levy, Fabio Luisi, Marc Minkowski, John Nelson, Gordan Nikolic, Constantine Orbelian, et al.

Jory will make his debut with the Cleveland Symphony in March, 2018, performing Francis Poulenc’s Concert Champêtre under the direction of Stéphane Denève, the first performance of this work by the Cleveland Symphony.

Well-known as an accompanist, he has worked extensively with artists such as David Daniels, Vivica Genaux, Magdalena Kozena, Annick Massis, Dorothea Röschmann, and Rolando Villazon. He has accompanied legendary Swedish mezzo-soprano Anne Sofie von Otter in recitals in Sweden, Norway, Spain and Paris and at La Scala in Milan. With lutenist Jakob Lindberg, their programme of English and Italian music of the 17th century, entitled Music for a While was released by Deutsche Grammophon in early 2005.

Mr. Vinikour’s recording of Bach’s Goldberg Variations, released on Delos International in 2001, received excellent reviews throughout the world. John von Rhein of the Chicago Tribune named it as one of 2001’s top ten classical CD’s, an honor that was also accorded to Mr. Vinikour’s recording of Bach’s Toccatas in 1999. Mr. Vinikour’s 2009 Delos release of Handel’s 1720 Suites for Harpsichord has received wide critical acclaim (American Record Guide naming it the finest recording of these works). His debut recording for Sono Luminus, the complete harpsichord works of Jean-Philippe Rameau, was nominated for a Grammy® award, in the category of Best Classical Solo Instrumental Recording in 2013, an honor also accorded to his Toccatas (Contemporary American works for harpsichord) in 2015. Jory’s recording of J.S. Bach’s Partitas for harpsichord was released to great acclaim in late 2016. With violinist Rachel Barton Pine, Jory has performed Bach’s sonatas for violin and obbligato harpsichord, and they will record these works for Cedille Records in September, 2017.

Born in Chicago, Jory Vinikour studied in Paris with Huguette Dreyfus and Kenneth Gilbert on a Fulbright scholarship. First Prizes in the International Harpsichord Competitions of Warsaw (1993) and the Prague Spring Festival (1994) brought him to the public’s attention, and he has since appeared in festivals and concert series throughout much of the world.

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