Since his solo debut in 1972 Paul Elliott has performed with London Bach Orchestra, Amsterdam Chamber Orchestra, Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, English Chamber Orchestra, London Mozart Players and others. He was a founder member of the Hilliard Ensemble and has also performed with European early music groups including Academy of Ancient Music, Early Music Consort of London, London Early Music Group, Musica Antiqua Köln, Deller Consort, and Pro Cantione Antiqua.
Paul’s discography includes over one hundred recordings ranging from Perotin to Weber. Amongst his best-known recordings are two CDs of Handel’s Messiah and the video recording of that work filmed in Westminster Abbey and conducted by Christopher Hogwood. He also appeared in the television series Music in Time hosted by James Galway. More recent recordings include Proverb by Steve Reich for Nonesuch andFragments, Hoquetus, The Age of Cathedrals and Monastic Song for Harmonia Mundi (USA).
Paul has a remarkably varied repertoire: he has toured Bach Passions with the London Bach Orchestra and with the Amsterdam Chamber Orchestra under Charles de Wolff in Holland, sung Handel’s L’Allegro ed Pensierowith Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra under Nicolas McGegan, performed concerts of medieval and renaissance music at summer festivals in Barcelona, Ferrara and Nantes and in the Vancouver Early Music Festival, and toured in the United States with songs by Beethoven and Schubert accompanied by fortepiano with Andrew Appel and Ensemble Four Nations, as well as performing early and contemporary music by Cage, Palestrina and Arvo Pärt with Theatre of Voices at the Opéra de Paris, the Library of Congress in Washington D.C. and in New York, Leipzig, Berlin, Rome, Milan and London.
A Professor of Music on the Voice and Early Music Institute faculties in the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, Paul has also been a Visiting Lecturer at Washington University, St. Louis, and taught master-classes for Musique Sacrée à Notre-Dame de Paris. He holds the CMVT (Certified McClosky Voice Technician) designation from the Boston-based McClosky Institute of Voice of which he is a past President. Paul Elliott is a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing and is a consultant for the Chimay International Baroque Singing Competition. He is an Honorary Fellow (Hon FASC) of the London-based Academy of St. Cecilia.
Mr. Elliott trains soloists and small chamber groups with special emphasis on appropriate performance styles and techniques in all periods of music. He is married to the viola da gamba player Wendy Gillespie. They divide their time between performing and teaching work in the United States and relaxation and European performances from their base in Nice, France.
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