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Master Class: Nicholas Isherwood, bass-baritone

Friday, May 6, 2022 - 1:30pm
Vocalist/composer Nicholas Isherwood

Vocalist/composer Nicholas Isherwood leads a master class with UW music students.

Nicholas Isherwood also presents a guest artist recital on Saturday, May 7, 7:30 p.m., in Brechemin Auditorium. Details here.

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Nicholas Isherwood

Nicholas Isherwood has sung in the world's leading festivals (Salzburg, Aix, Festival d'Automne, Avignon, Almeida, Biennale di Venezia, Holland Festival, Munich Biennale, Wien Modern, Händel Festivals in Göttingen and Halle, Tanglewood, Ravinia, etc.) and opera houses (Royal Opera House, Berlin, Frankfurt, Stuttgart, Amsterdam, Lyon, Châtelet, Théatre des Champs Elysées, Rome, Torino, Genova, La Fenice, La Scala, etc.), working with conductors such as Joel Cohen, William Christie, Peter Eötvös, Gabriele Ferro, Nicholas McGegan, Paul McCreesh, Zubin Mehta, Kent Nagano, Helmuth Rilling, David Robertson, Gennadi Rozhdestvensky , Marco Angius and Arturo Tamayo.

Isherwood has worked closely with composers such as Sylvano Bussotti, Elliott Carter, George Crumb. Hans Werner Henze, Mauricio Kagel, György Kurtág, Steve Lacy, Olivier Messiaen, Giacinto Scelsi and  Iannis Xenakis, as well as Pascal Dusapin, Luca Francesconi, Wolfgang Rihm and Francesco Filidei, Vittorio Montalti and Matteo Franceschini. Isherwood collaborated with Karlheinz Stockhausen for 23 years, singing numerous world premieres. He has improvised with Steve Lacy, Joelle Léandre, David Moss and Sainkho Namtchilak.  

He has made over 65 compact discs for labels such as Erato, Stockhausen Verlag, Naxos and Harmonia Mundi and has appeared in three films for television.  An active pedagogue, he has taught master classes at schools such as the Paris Conservatoire, Musikhochschule Köln, Salzburg Mozarteum and Conservatorio Giuseppe Verdi and held positions at SUNY Buffalo, Notre Dame, Calarts, the Ecole Normale de Musique and the CNSMD in Lyon.

He is currently professor of singing and chamber music at the conservatory in Montbéliard.  He has published several peer reviewed articles and a book, "The Techniques of Singing" (Bärenreiter, 2012), which will soon appear in a new franco/italian version released by Elara Libri (