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2011-12 series: First Concert back to Concerts

Jory Vinikour, Harpsichord

Sunday, October 16, 2011 at 3:00 p.m.

Recognized as one of the outstanding harpsichordists of his generation, Jory Vinikour will open this season's series at the Collection. A 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 sought-after continuo performers. Born in Chicago, Jory Vinikour studied in Paris 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 from the 16th century to the present, 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.

As an accompanist, he has appeared in recital with such prominent artists as David Daniels, Hélène Delavault, Magdalena Kozena, Annick Massis, and others. He has frequently accompanied legendary Swedish mezzo-soprano Anne Sofie von Otter.

His recording of Bach's Goldberg Variations, released on Delos International in 2001 received excellent reviews throughout the world. 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 program at Yale will include works by Bach, Scarlatti, Handel, Louis Couperin and Rameau. performed on two restored instruments from the Collection: a two-manual harpsichord by François Etienne Blanchet the Elder (Paris, ca. 1740), and a two-manual harpsichord by Johann Adolph Hass (Hamburg, 1760).

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