"Vinikour makes a concert an experience, in the very best sense of the word.
His playing excites the ear."
– Christian Science Monitor
Jory Vinikour is recognized as one of the outstanding harpsichordists of his generation. A highly diversified career brings him to the world's most important festivals and concert halls as recital and concerto soloist, partner to several of today's finest singers, and as one of the most visible continuo performers. Born in Chicago, Jory Vinikour came to Paris on a scholarship from the Fulbright Foundation to study with Huguette Dreyfus and Kenneth Gilbert. 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.
A concerto soloist with a repertoire ranging from Bach to Nyman, he has performed as soloist with leading orchestras including Rotterdam Philharmonic, Flanders Opera Orchestra, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Lausanne Chamber Orchestra, Philharmonic of Radio France, Ensemble Orchestral de Paris, Netherlands Chamber Orchestra, Cape Town Symphony Orchestra, and Moscow Chamber Orchestra with conductors such as Marek Janowski, Armin Jordan, Fabio Luisi, Marc Minkowski, John Nelson, Gordan Nikolic, Constantine Orbelian, and Victor Yampolsky. He participated in a recording of Frank Martin's Petite Symphonie Concertante with the Lausanne Chamber Orchestra under the direction of Armin Jordan (Suisse Romande, 2005), and also performed the Harpsichord Concerto by the same composer with the Symphony Orchestra of the MDR in Leipzig's Gewandhaus under the direction of Martin Haselböck in January of 2003.
Well-known as an accompanist, he has appeared extensively in recital with artists such as David Daniels (European tour in 2007), Hélène Delavault, Magdalena Kozena, Annick Massis, et al. 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 luthenist 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.
As an active exponent of contemporary repertoire for the harpsichord, he has given the premieres of Toccatas by Harold Meltzer and Régis Campo's Perpetuum mobile, both written for him. With members of the Orchestra National de France,
Mr. Vinikour has performed Maurice Ohana's Miroir de Célestine and Manuel de Falla'sHarpsichord Concerto (March, 2010, Radio France). He has also given important performances of works by Ligeti, Nyman, as well as several 20th century concerti, including Cyril Scott's Harpsichord Concerto, which Mr. Vinikour prepared and edited for Novello editions.
Mr. Vinikour appears regularly as harpsichordist/continuist at the Paris Opera, Netherlands Opera, Salzburg Festival, Teatro Real de Madrid, Glyndebourne, etc. and is heard on many recordings from Deutsche Grammophon, EMI, Erato, et al. Jory is a regular presence at the Zurich Opera, and has appeared on their stage (disguised as Handel!) with Cecilia Bartoli in Handel's Il trionfo del tempo é del disinganno. He performed Stravinsky's solo harpsichord part in productions of The Rake's Progress at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, the Paris Opera and Théâtre de la Monnaie.
His 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 CDs, an honor that was also accorded to Mr. Vinikour's recording of Bach's seven harpsichord 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). Partnering with flautist Joshua Smith, their recording of Bach's sonatas for flute and harpsichord is garnering attention
from around the world.
Upcoming appearances include his debut as conductor/soloist with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, a special recital of contemporary American harpsichord music for the University of California at Sacramento, as well as a performance of Bach'sGoldberg Variations for the Bach Festival at Baldwine-Wallace College. Mr Vinikour has given master-classes for the Austrian Baroque Academy in Gmunden, Austria, the European Academy Palazzo Ricci Montepulciano, as well as at the Tchaikowsky Conservatory in Moscow.