Internationally-renowned harpsichordist and conductor—and Chicago native—Jory Vinikour will join host Kerry Frumkin in WFMT’s Chicago studios at 8:00 PM CST on Monday, 3 February, for a live broadcast in the station’s ‘Live From WFMT’ series. Long resident in France, where he studied with Huguette Dreyfus and Kenneth Gilbert as a Fulbright scholar, his remarkable career has included fruitful collaborations with many of the world’s finest orchestras, period-instrument ensembles, and conductors. Mr. Vinikour has coached and accompanied—not only in concerts and recitals but also in his rôles as continuo harpsichordist and répétiteur in acclaimed opera productions—a staggering array of talented singers including sopranos Annick Massis and Dorothea Röschmann, mezzo-sopranos Vivica Genaux, Magdalena Kožená, and Anne Sofie von Otter, countertenor David Daniels, and tenor Rolando Villazón. Celebrating his return to Chicago, Mr. Vinikour will also lend his superb artistry to two performances of an exciting programme of music by Johann Christian Bach, Riccardo Broschi (brother of legendary castrato Farinelli), Händel, Hasse, Haydn, Porpora, and Vivaldi with Vivica Genaux, Nicholas McGegan, and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra on 13 and 18 February.
In his performance for ‘Live From WFMT,’ Mr. Vinikour will present a programme including music by Johann Sebastian Bach, Mel Powell, Jean-Philippe Rameau, and Domenico Scarlatti. Excited to share his passion for the harpsichord with listeners in the city of his birth and beyond, Mr. Vinikour hints at intriguing additions to the announced programme. ‘There may be one or two surprises,’ he says mysteriously.
Mr. Vinikour’s uncommonly diverse discography as a solo harpsichordist extends from brilliant accounts of Bach’s Goldberg Variations and Händel’s 1720 Harpsichord Suites to a GRAMMY®-nominated recording of the complete harpsichord music of Jean-Philippe Rameau and Toccatas, his recent disc of music by contemporary American composers. Highlights of his recordings as a collaborative artist include two critically-lauded discs of Bach’s Flute Sonatas with Joshua Smith, principal flautist of the Cleveland Orchestra, and Music for a While, a programme of 17th-Century Italian music with Anne Sofie von Otter.