About Kirsten Sollek
Called “ …an appealingly rich alto” by The New York Times and “…an ideal Bach alto” with “elemental tone quality” by The Philadelphia Inquirer, Kirsten Sollek is a regular presence on the concert and opera stage. She made her Carnegie Hall debut in 2004 with André Thomas and the New York City Chamber Orchestra in Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass. Highlights include three Haydn Masses performed and recorded with Jane Glover and Trinity Wall Street for Naxos, several Bach performances with Andrew Parrott and the New York Collegium, an all-Bach program with Helmuth Rilling and the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, Vivaldi’s Stabat Mater with Kent Tritle and Sacred Music in a Sacred Space, Duruflé’s Requiem with John Scott at St. Thomas Fifth Avenue, Handel’s Messiah with Bach Collegium Japan, Minnesota Orchestra, Pacific Symphony, and the Dallas Bach Society.
Opera credits include performing the role of Bradamante in Handel’s Alcina with Teatro Municipal de Santiago in Chile, covering the role of Rinaldo in Handel’s Rinaldo for Glyndebourne, and premiering the role of Beauty in Blood Rose, the Naumburg prize-winning new opera by Hannah Lash written for Ms. Sollek, countertenor and the JACK Quartet. Ms. Sollek has been heard as a soloist with conductors Ton Koopman, Brad Lubman, Christopher Warren-Green, Bruno Weil, Eric Milnes, Steven Fox, and Jeannette Sorrell, in ensembles such as Signal, Tafelmusik, Concerto Palatino, Trinity Consort, Dallas Bach Society, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Concert Royal, Rebel, Clarion Music Society, Apollo’s Fire, Folger Consort, Brooklyn Philharmonic, and the Spiritus Collective. Festival performances include the Mostly Mozart Festival at Lincoln Center, Boston Early Music Festival, Lufthansa Festival of Baroque Music, and the Carmel Bach Festival.
Also active in new music, she has appeared at the June in Buffalo and Ojai Music Festivals performing works by Steve Reich, and has recorded Reich’s The Desert Music and Tehillim with Alarm Will Sound and Music for 18 Musicians with Signal. She can also be seen on Alarm Will Sound’s Reich at the Roxy, a DVD featuring live performances of Reich’s music. She has worked extensively with composer John Zorn, premiering his music in New York, Milan and Paris. She has collaborated with Carnegie Hall’s Ensemble ACJW for performances of John Adams’ Grand Pianola Music, Jeffrey Milarsky conducting; and Louis Andriessen’s De Staat, John Adams conducting. She is a founding member of Open Gate, who made their debut at Weill Hall at Carnegie in 2007, with chamber music by Gregory Mertl.
2011/12 upcoming performances will include Rachmaninov’s Vespers with Sacred Music in a Sacred Space, Beethoven’s 9th Symphony with Grand Rapids Symphony, and Handel’s Messiah with Orchestra Kentucky and Rochester Chamber Orchestra.
Ms. Sollek holds performance degrees from Indiana University and the Eastman School of Music, and is represented by Robert Gilder & Co, www.robert-gilder.com.
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