Praised by The New York Times for its "spirit of exploration" and "virtuosity and assurance," Cantori imaginatively interweaves historical hidden gems with audacious premieres to create eclectic and dynamic musical experiences.
A four-time winner of the ASCAP Adventurous Programming Award -- more than any other chorus in the Eastern United States -- Cantori has performed at all five major halls at Lincoln Center, as well as Zankel Hall, Le Poisson Rouge and elsewhere.
Our first-class presenters have included American Ballet Theater, American Opera Projects, NY Public Library, Teatro Grattacielo, Symphony Space, Music at the Anthology, Gotham Early Music Society, La MaMa Experimental Theatre, and Disney’s Kingdom Hearts Orchestra. Artistic partners include Tony-winner Maryann Plunkett and Obie-winner Kathleen Chalfant.
The ensemble’s desire to work with living composers has led to premieres of more than 100 compositions, and has most recently been manifested by the commission of new works by creators such as Caroline Shaw, Gregory Spears, Mohammed Fairouz, and Dame Ethel Smyth.
In addition to exceptional collaborations, Cantori New York has also participated in prestigious musical events, including the Great Performances series at Lincoln Center, the opening season of Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall with Michael Tilson Thomas, and the Arts & Events festival at the World Financial Center.
Cantori New York has a varied discography including, among others, The Metamorphoses by British composer Paul Crabtree and Echos and Shadows, a compilation of contemporary American pieces for vocal ensemble. The choir also sings on the very first CD recording of Le vin herbé by the Swiss composer Frank Martin, which was selected as an Editor’s Choice by Opera News.