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Duos for Mezzo-Soprano and Harpsichord

Céline Ricci, Mezzo-Soprano
Jory Vinikour, Harpsichord

Grammy-nominated harpsichordist, Jory Vinikour, returns to the Blue Sage with mezzo-soprano Céline Ricci performing Handel’s dramatic cantata, Lucrezia. Don’t miss this exceptional work, a virtual a one-woman opera with a virtuoso harpsichord accompaniment.

This concert generously underwritten by:
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Greg & Kathy Thompson
Mark Walsh & Kyle Hopkins


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Jory Vinikour, Harpsichord

Jory Vinikour is recognized as one of the outstanding harpsichordists of his generation. A highly-diversified career takes him to the world’s most important festivals, concert halls, and opera houses as recitalist and concerto soloist, partner to many of today’s finest instrumental and vocal artists, coach, and conductor.

Born in Chicago, Jory Vinikour came to Paris on a Fulbright scholarship to study 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 Bach to Poulenc to Nyman, he has performed as soloist with leading orchestras including Rotterdam Philharmonic, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Lausanne Chamber Orchestra, Philharmonic of Radio France, Ensemble Orchestral de Paris, Netherlands Chamber Orchestra, MDR Symphony Orchestra, Cape Town Symphony Orchestra, Moscow Chamber Orchestra, and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, with conductors such as Stéphane Denève, Martin Haselböck, Marek Janowski, Armin Jordan, Benjamin Levy, Fabio Luisi, Marc Minkowski, John Nelson, Gordan Nikolic, Constantine Orbelian, Victor Yampolsky, et al. He participated in a recording of Frank Martin’s Petite Symphonie Concertante with the Lausanne Chamber Orchestra under the direction of Armin Jordan (Suisse Romande, 2005).

Well-known as an accompanist, he has worked extensively with artists such as David Daniels, Hélène Delavault, Vivica Genaux, Magdalena Kozená, Annick Massis, Marijana Mijanovic, Dorothea Röschmann, and Rolando Villazón. He has accompanied legendary Swedish mezzo-soprano Anne Sofie von Otter in recitals in Sweden, Norway, Spain, and Paris, as well as at Milan’s storied Teatro alla Scala. With lutenist Jakob Lindberg, their programme of English and Italian music of the 17th Century, entitled Music for a While, was released by Deutsche Grammophon in early 2005.

As an active exponent of contemporary repertoire for the harpsichord, he has given the premieres of works by composers such as Harold Meltzer and Frédéric Durieux, Stephen Blumberg, Patricia Morehead, Graham Lynch, etc. written for him. He has also given important performances of works by Ligeti and Michael Nyman, as well as several 20th century concerti, including Cyril Scott’s 1937 Harpsichord Concerto, which Mr. Vinikour prepared and edited for Novello Editions. Sono Luminus released Toccatas, his recording of modern American harpsichord works, in late 2013.

Mr. Vinikour appears regularly as harpsichordist at the finest opera houses and festivals in Europe: Paris Opera, Netherlands Opera, Salzburg Festival, Teatro Real de Madrid, Baden-Baden, Glyndebourne, etc. in Baroque and Classical repertoire, as well as in more contemporary works (notably Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress and Zimmermann’s Die Soldaten) and is heard on many recordings from Deutsche Grammophon, EMI, Erato, Sony Classics et al.

His recording of Bach’s Goldberg Variations, released on Delos International in 2001, received excellent reviews throughout the world. John von Rhein of 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 Toccatas in 1999. Mr. Vinikour’s 2009 Delos release of Händel’s 1720 Suites for Harpsichord has received wide critical acclaim, American Record Guide naming it the finest recording of these works. Partnering with flautist Joshua Smith, their recording of Bach’s Sonatas for flute and harpsichord garnered attention from around the world. His debut recording for Sono Luminus, the Complete Harpsichord Works of Jean-Philippe Rameau, was nominated for a 2012 GRAMMY® award in the category of Best Classical Solo Instrumental Recording. Mr. Vinikour received a second GRAMMY® nomination for his Sono Luminous disc Toccatas.

Recent appearances include his début as conductor/soloist with the Hong Kong Philharmonic, as well as an appearance with Lyric Opera of Chicago in Händel’s Rinaldo, for which he earned exceptional praise from the press. He performed Poulenc’s Concert Champêtre with the Nertherlands Radio Chamber Orchestra under the baton of Benjamin Levy. Mr. Vinikour directed the Korea Chamber Orchestra (Seoul) in an all-Bach programme in May 2012, was guest director of Perm, Russia-based musicAeterna in a mixed programme, and has co-directed (with violinist Monica Huggett) Juilliard415 Baroque Orchestra at Carnegie Hall, accompanying soprano Dorothea Röschmann and counter-tenor David Daniels. Mr Vinikour has given masterclasses for Rocky Ridge Music Center in Colorado; the Austrian Baroque Academy in Gmunden, Austria; the European Academy at the Palazzo Ricci Montepulciano; the University of Chicago; the Gnessin Academy; and the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory.

Céline Ricci, Mezzo-Soprano

Mezzo-Soprano Céline Ricci, born in Florence of Italian and French parents, studied in Paris and continued her post-graduate studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. Selected by renowned conductor William Christie for his academy, Le Jardin des Voix, she was named one of operas promising new talents in 2005 by Opernwelt. During the 2016-2017 season she joins West Edge Opera as Nero in Agrippina and returns to Akademie für Alte Musik for performances in Rome.

Recent performances Second Woman in Dido and Aeneas with Akademie für Alte Musik with performances in Berlin, Buenos Aires and Rome, concerts with Philharmonia Baroque at Lincoln Center and Tanglewood, with Ars Lyrica at the Berkeley Early Music Festival and in Houston, and with Romabarocca at Palazzo Braschi in Romeamong among other projects.

Ms. Ricci has an impressive discography that includes a number of audio recordings and two DVDs. She sang the role of Arbace in a recording of Terradellas’ Artaserse, which garnered a great deal of critical acclaim. In her character’s 8-minute aria, Opernwelt singled out her exciting performance as being a tour de force, and she was described as having faultless breath control, total security and perfect round tone. Her first solo CD, Cirque, soon followed by Le Bestiaire, were released on the Sono Luminus music label, with art direction by Ms. Ricci. Ms. Ricci is heard on the September 2015 Sono Luminus release, What Artemisia Heard, with El Mundo.

She has performed with many distinguished conductors including Nicolas McGegan, William Christie, Jean-Christophe Spinosi, Martin Haselbock, Martin Gester, Matthew Dirst, Attilio Cremonesi, among others. In addition, she has worked with choreographer Sasha Waltz and director Deborah Warner on a number of projects. Her touring has taken her to New York, Los Angeles, Berlin, London, Brussels, Israel, and Barcelona, Paris, Vienna, Amsterdam, Moscow, and St. Petersburg.
Céline is the Founder and Director of Ars Minerva, a performing arts non-profit organization based in San Francisco.

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