"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.
In an incredible illustration of virtuosic performance, Sono Luminus brings you The Complete Harpsichord Works of Rameau, with world reknowned harpsichordist Jory Vinikour. Rameau's compositional penchant for combining technical prowess with musical artistry is brilliantly showcased on this two disc set of solo harpsichord music. Rameau's output as a composer for solo harpsichord must be considered among the most important in French 18th century keyboard repertoire, along with that of Franois Couperin. The musical and harmonic ingenuity demonstrated throughout these works, as well as Rameau's uniquely idiomatic approach to the harpsichord, ensure these works a permanent place in the repertoire of all harpsichordists.
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World renowned harpsichordist Jory Vinikour will perform a recital this evening at 7:30 in the Levitt Gallery on the campus of Morningside College. We were fortunate to meet him in the gallery and even more so to broadcast an hour of conversation and music. During the interview, Jory discussed his love of the instrument, how he became a harpsichordist, and the story of the harpsichord we hear. We also discuss key figures of the High Baroque, and hear his performance of works by JS Bach, Rameau, Duphly, and Handel. It was a magical hour that we are pleased to be able to live again and again.
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It was time for Bach to be reintroduced to the Indianapolis Early Music festival. Not one piece by Johann Sebastian appeared in last summer's IEM, and few have been scattered thither and yon in preceding summers. Ergo an all-Bach violin-harpsichord recital was welcome indeed on Sunday afternoon, especially with performers Rachel Barton Pine, violinist, and Jory Vinikour, harpsichordist. They played as a duo in two of the four works presented, with each soloing in the other two.
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Some things in this life are just meant to be. Take the upcoming Great Lakes Baroque concert featuring internationally renowned, wildly versatile violinist Rachel Barton Pine and harpsichordist Jory Vinikour, artistic director of the GLB series, who also happens to be an internationally renowned performer and conductor. The two musicians, both of whom make their homes in Chicago, are friends who have not, until this summer, had the opportunity to play a concert together.
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It's true that the harpsichord lacks a wide dynamic range and can sound brittle when compared with the tonal warmth of a piano. But since harpsichordists can't shape a phrase as they would on a modern instrument, they can vary the palette by switching manuals and registers, which the harpsichordist Jory Vinikour did during his performance of Bach's Partita No. 3 at Weill Recital Hall on Thursday.
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Last year, WFMT radio presented a series of live events encompassing all of Johann Sebastian Bach's music for organ, and Friday night at the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts the station auspiciously began its follow-up, a comprehensive "Bach Keyboard Festival." A series of complete works of composers are encountered much more frequently on recordings than in concert halls, bu more than 70 performers will traverse 200 compositions on 11 concerts at different venues in the Chicago area. Instruments not only will include harpsichord and piano but also clavichord, pipe organ and fortepiano. The vastness of the enterprise insures that listeners will hear many unfamiliar pieces in live performance for the first time. The series continues through Nov. 1. and the address is - Music Institute of Chicago, 1490 Chicago Ave., Evanston; Friday's main attraction was a two-hour-long recital by veteran harpsichordist Jory Vinikour.
Artists include Jory Vinikour, Lara Downes, David Schrader, Winston Choi, Stephen Alltop, Adam Neiman, Ariella Mak-Neiman, Anthony Molinaro, Philippe LeRoy, Carol lie Breckenridge, Jason Moy, and performers from the keyboard programs of University of Chicago, DePaul, Loyola, Northwestern, and Roosevelt Universities, and Wheaton College.
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Chicago native and harpsichordist Jory Vinikour has busy schedule. He splits his time between the Midwest and France, he gives numerous solo performances around the world and is also in demand as an accompanist for solo singers as well as in the opera pit. He's a two time Grammy award nominee and is recognized as one of the great musicians of his generation.
He is also the founder, along with Philippe Leroy, of Milwaukee's newest musical ensemble, Great Lakes Baroque. Having performed around the world himself, Vinikour wanted to bring some of the best music played by some of the finiest musicians to the Midwest and beyond.
"I think there is an increasingly passionate population who wishes to listen to baroque music, and that population is by no means an aging public," Vinikour says. "I find young people are absolutely taken either with performing themselves of course, or with listening to baroque music."
The Great Lakes Baroque ensemble's inaugural concert is Sunday evening at 7:30 at St Joseph's Convent Chapel on South Layton Boulevard in Milwaukee. LISTEN TO WUWM: Milwaukee INTERVIEW
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He is a virtuoso harpsichordist, conductor, accompanist and coach who collaborates with some of the leading figures of the European and American early music brigade. He appears regularly as a concerto soloist, in repertory ranging from J.S. Bach to Michael Nyman. Both of most recent recordings as harpsichordist were nominated for Grammy awards.
Having established such versatility in so many places around the world might be enough for some classical musicians, but Jory Vinikour is ambitious enough to want more. And his search for further career opportunities has brought the gifted, Mount Prospect-born, Paris-based musician back to town.
This weekend, Vinikour will participate, as harpsichord soloist and continuo player, in Haymarket Opera Company's new production of "Don Quichotte auf der Hochzeit des Comacho" ("Don Quixote at the Wedding of Comacho"), a rarely-heard 1761 comic opera by the prolific German Baroque master Georg Philipp Telemann. As preface to the main event, Vinikour will display his Baroque bona fides as soloist in a C.P.E. Bach keyboard concerto. READ THE FULL Chicago Tribune ARTICLE
This year's sesquicentennial of the death of Baroque polymath Jean-Philippe Rameau (1683-1764) might not be as sexy as the Richard Strauss centenary, but it is every bit as important to note. Without Rameau's Gallic contributions to opera, pedagogy and music theory at large (harmony, especially), there would be no Gluck or C.P.E. Bach. What better way, then, to mark Rameau's passing 250 years ago than with an all-Rameau concert from one of today's foremost harpsichordists, Jory Vinikour?
Vinikour's debut recording for Sono Luminus of Rameau's complete harpsichord oeuvre was nominated for a 2012 Grammy, and kicking off the sixth season of Jessica Gould's roving Salon/Sanctuary series Thursday night, Vinikour played an expertly curated, near flawless program–all from memory–that showcased both the composer's brilliance and his own virtuosity.
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Thursday, October 9th 7:00pm. Jory Vinikour Performs Rameau.
The Abigail Adams Smith Auditorium
417 East 61st Street between First and York
In celebration of the Rameau year, Grammy-nominated harpsichordist performs an all-Rameau recital at the Abigail Adams Smith Auditorium.
A wine and cheese reception will follow the performance
"...Vinikour is such a perceptive artist, and is so superlative in technical accomplishment, that Rameau's harpsichord brainstorms sound disarming and at times even revolutionary."
For his Gilmore Festival debut Harpsichordist Jory Vinikour performed the music of Bach and Rameau. Vinikour was born in Chicago, but he studied in Paris on a Fulbright scholarship and has spent most of his career there. A concerto soloist with a repertoire ranging from Bach to Poulenc to Nyman, he has performed as soloist with leading orchestras including 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. READ THE FULL MI LIVE REVIEW
The harpsichord may not be the most prominent instrument utilized in today's music industry, but that has not stopped Jory Vinikour from revitalizing this niche of classical music with his own passionate compositions. In an incredible illustration of virtuosic performance, world-renowned harpsichordist Jory Vinikour releases The Complete Harpsichord Works of Rameau. Rameau's compositional penchant for combining technical prowess with musical artistry is brilliantly showcased on this two-disc set of solo harpsichord music.
Rameau's output as a composer for solo harpsichord must be considered among the most important in French 18th century keyboard repertoire, along with that of François Couperin. The musical and harmonic ingenuitydemonstrated throughout these works, as well as Rameau's uniquely idiomatic approach to the harpsichord, ensure these works a permanent place in the repertoire of all harpsichordists.