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December 7, 2010 (Boston, Mass.) – Artistic Director Harry Christophers has named Aisslinn Nosky concertmaster of the Handel and Haydn Society. Nosky hails from Canada and made her Society debut as guest concertmaster for this season’s opening concert in October, Mozart: A Musical Journey, where she had the opportunity to closely work with Christophers and the Period Instrument Orchestra. Handel and Haydn’s 2011-2012 Season will mark the beginning of Nosky’s tenure.
“Aisslinn showed great style and leadership as guest concertmaster,” said Christophers. “She has the right combination of energy, experience and talent to fill this important position and assist in leading the Society toward its Bicentennial in 2015.”
Nosky will be featured two more times in the current season as guest concertmaster. In the spring she will perform a program featuring Beethoven’s Fifth with guest conductor Richard Egarr on March 18 and 20, 2011. She will appear again with Harry Christophers for Mozart’s Requiem, April 29 and May 1, 2011. This concert will be recorded live for commercial release in September 2011, serving as part two of Handel and Haydn’s Mozart Trilogy project on Christophers’ recording label CORO.
Harry Christophers was appointed Artistic Director of the Handel and Haydn Society in 2008 and began his tenure with the 2009–2010 Season. He has conducted Handel and Haydn each season since September 2006, when he led a sold-out performance in the Esterházy Palace at the Haydn Festival in Eisenstadt, Austria. Christophers and the Society have since embarked on an ambitious artistic journey that begins with the 2010–2011 Season with a showcase of works premiered in the United States by the Society over the last 195 years, and the release of the first of a series of recordings on CORO leading to the Society’s Bicentennial.
Christophers is known internationally as founder and conductor of the UK-based choir and period instrument ensemble The Sixteen. He has directed The Sixteen throughout Europe, America, and the Far East, gaining a distinguished reputation for his work in Renaissance, Baroque, and 20th century music. In 2000, he instituted the “Choral Pilgrimage,” a tour of British cathedrals from York to Canterbury. He has recorded close to 100 titles for which he has won numerous awards, including a Grand Prix du Disque for Handel Messiah, numerous Preise der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik (German Record Critics Awards), the coveted Gramophone Award for Early Music, and the prestigious Classical Brit Award (2005) for his disc entitled Renaissance. In 2009 he received one of classical music’s highest accolades, the Classic FM Gramophone Awards Artist of the Year Award; The Sixteen also won the Baroque Vocal Award for Handel Coronation Anthems, a CD that also received a 2010 Grammy Award nomination. Harry Christophers is also Principal Guest Conductor of the Granada Symphony Orchestra and a regular guest conductor with the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields and the Orquestra de la Comunidad de Madrid.
In October 2008, Christophers was awarded an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Music from the University of Leicester. Most recently, he was elected an Honorary Fellow of Magdalen College, Oxford and also of the Royal Welsh Academy for Music and Drama.
Aisslinn Nosky is a versatile and charismatic musician who brings passion and fervour to every project she pursues. She performs in solo and chamber music recitals across North America, Europe and Asia. Recent triumphs include performing and directing both Vivaldi’s Four Seasons at Grand River Baroque Festival (Ontario) and Mendelssohn’s D minor Violin Concerto with Tafelmusik. Highlights of the 2010/2011 season find her returning to Grand River for more Vivaldi and Piazzolla’s Four Seasons of Buenos Aires and touring Mendelssohn’s D minor Concerto with Tafelmusik to Quebec (Orford) and Germany (Klang und Raum), as well as making solo appearances with the Calgary Philharmonic and at the Lameque International Baroque Festival. She is often in demand as a leader and concertmaster and has led the Grand River Baroque Festival Players, Arion Baroque Orchestra and Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra. Aisslinn will continue in her role as a member of Tafelmusik.
As Co-Artistic Director of I FURIOSI Baroque Ensemble (www.ifuriosi.com), Aisslinn has helped to bring an enthusiastic new audience to baroque music. For a decade, I FURIOSI has presented its own flamboyant and inventive concert series in Toronto. I FURIOSI also tours extensively with recent appearances at Tage Alter Musik (Regensburg, Germany), the Galway Early Music Festival, the Lameque International Baroque Festival, the Mosel Musikfestival, the Indianapolis Early Music Festival, and the Montreal Baroque Festival. In December of 2008, the group’s latest disc “CRAZY,” was released by Dorian/Sono Luminus. In 2007 the ensemble became the first classical music group to headline Toronto's Pride celebrations. I FURIOSI released its first self-produced CD “Defiled Is My (Middle) Name” to great critical acclaim in 2006.
Aisslinn's chamber groups are numerous and diverse. With the Eybler Quartet (Julia Wedman, violin, Patrick Jordan, viola, and Margaret Gay, cello), she explores repertoire from the first century of the string quartet (approx. 1730-1830) on period instruments. Its world premiere recording of Joseph Leopold Eybler's Op.1 String Quartets is available on the Analekta label (please visit www.eyblerquartet.com) and the group released its recording of Mozart’s Clarinet Quintet with English clarinettist Jane Booth in September, 2011. As a member of the Kirby String Quartet (named for the legendary comic strip artist Jack Kirby), Aisslinn and her trusty sidekicks Julia Wedman, violin, Max Mandel, viola, and Carina Reeves, cello, play a wide range of eclectic repertoire. The group performs recitals across Canada and serves on the faculty of the Kirby String Quartet Chamber Music Workshop in Langley, BC (www.kirbyquartet.com). Aisslinn is also a member of The Knights’ Chamber Orchestra (www.theknightsnyc.com) in New York City, and performed with them as soloist in 2008.
Since 2005, Aisslinn has been a highly active member of Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra both as an ensemble member and as soloist. As Canada’s period instrument orchestra, Tafelmusik is greatly in demand internationally, and in 2009, the group debuted at Carnegie Hall. With TBO, Aisslinn has toured the world and has been a featured soloist at many prestigious festivals including the Ravinia Festival, the Aspen Music Festival, Klang & Raum Musikfestival, and the Seoul International Bach Festival.
Before joining Tafelmusik, Aisslinn was Assistant Principal Second Violin of the Canadian Opera Company Orchestra for two seasons and appeared as Guest Concertmaster with Symphony Nova Scotia on several occasions.
A native of Nanaimo, BC, Aisslinn Nosky made her solo debut with the CBC Vancouver Orchestra at the age of eight. She studied with Heilwig von Koenigsloew at the Nanaimo Conservatory and with Lorand Fenyves at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. She studied both solo and chamber music for many summers at the Banff Centre for the Arts, and studied at the Steans Institute of the Ravinia Festival one summer as a member of the Metro String Quartet.
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ABOUT HANDEL AND HAYDN SOCIETY
The Handel and Haydn Society is a professional chorus and period instrument orchestra that is internationally recognized as a leader in the field of Historically Informed Performance, a revelatory style that uses the instruments and techniques of the time in which the music was composed. Founded in Boston in 1815, the Society is the oldest continuously performing arts organization in the United States and has a longstanding commitment to excellence and innovation: it gave the American premieres of Handel’s Messiah (1818), Haydn’s The Creation (1819), Verdi’s Requiem (1878) and Bach’s St. Matthew Passion (1879). The Society today, under the leadership of Artistic Director Harry Christophers, is committed to its mission “to perform Baroque and Classical music at the highest levels of artistic excellence and to share that music with as large and diverse an audience as possible.” The Society is widely known through its local subscription concerts, tours, concert broadcasts on National Public Radio, and recordings. The Society’s Lamentations and Praises won a 2002 Grammy Award and two of its CDs, All is Bright and Peace, appeared simultaneously in the top ten on Billboard Magazine’s classical music chart. In September 2010, Handel and Haydn released its first collaboration with Harry Christophers on the CORO label, Mozart’s Mass in C Minor – the first in a series of recordings leading to the Society’s Bicentennial in 2015. The 2010-2011 Season marks the 25th Anniversary of Handel and Haydn’s award-winning Karen S. and George D. Levy Educational Outreach Program that brings music education, vocal training and performance opportunities to more than 10,000 students annually in Greater Boston and beyond.
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