THEATRE OF VOICES
THEATRE OF VOICES received a Grammy Award for ‘The Little Match Girl Passion’ in 2010 – the year of the group’s 20th anniversary. Theatre of Voices was founded in California by Paul Hillier, but is now based in Denmark. Current projects include music ranging from Perotin to Dowland, Carissimi, Buxtehude and Bach, and many of today’s most eminent composers such as Berio, Pärt, Reich, Cage, Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen and Stockhausen.
Theatre of Voices works and records with some of the world’s best instrumentalists, including London Sinfonietta and Kronos Quartet, and has performed regularly at Edinburgh Festival, Barbican Centre and Carnegie Hall – with sold out concerts. 2008 included the opening of Berliner Festspiele with Stockhausen’s Stimmung at the composer’s own request, along with a performance at BBC Proms. The past few years have included tours to Hong Kong, Australia, Sweden, UK, Mexico, the US, Italy, France, Poland, Belgium, Germany, Portugal, Luxemburg and Holland.
The group’s most recent CDs include Stockhausen’s Stimmung, David Lang’s The Little Match Girl Passion, Stories (Berio, Cage, Berberian), The Christmas Story, and Creator Spiritus (Arvo Pärt) – all on Harmonia Mundi, USA. On Dacapo-Records, Theatre of Voices has released Buxtehude’s Scandinavian Cantatas – the first in a series of five CDs of which the second CD will appear in 2015.
In 2013 Theatre of Voices was nominated for the Nordic Council Music Prize, and in 2014, My Heart’s in the Highlands from Theatre of Voices’ Pärt CD Creator Spiritus was used in Oscar-winning Italian movie La Grande Bellezza by Paolo Sorrentino. The same track was featured in MOJO MAGAZINE, selected by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds as one of their favourites. The ensemble also offers workshops and works on film projects – currently with Danish documentarist Phie Amboe and Oscar-nominated Icelandic composer Jóhann Jóhannsson.
Theatre of Voices is sponsored by The Danish Arts Council.
Paul Hillier has been Artistic Director of Theatre of Voices since 1990. Founding director of the Hilliard Ensemble, and present Chief Conductor of Ars Nova Copenhagen, his career has embraced singing, conducting, and writing about music. His books about Arvo Pärt and Steve Reich, and numerous anthologies of choral music, are published by Oxford University Press. He has taught at the University of California at Santa Cruz and Davis, and was from 1996-2003 Director of the Early Music Institute at Indiana University. In 2006 he was awarded an OBE for services to choral music. In 2007 he received the Order of the White Star of Estonia, and was awarded a GRAMMY for Best Choral Recording (with the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir). In 2008 he was appointed Artistic Director and Chief Conductor of the National Chamber Choir of Ireland, and in 2009 was invited to form the new Coro Casa da Musica in Porto, Portugal. He won a second GRAMMY in 2010 (with Theatre of Voices and Ars Nova Copenhagen), and in 2013 he was awarded the Ridder af Dannebrog (Knight of the order of Dannebrog) – by the Her Majesty The Queen of Denmark.