WFIU’s Artist of the Month for November is tenor Paul Elliott, who serves as the director of Indiana University’s Early Music Institute.
Born in Cheshire, England, Elliott made his solo debut in England in 1972 and debuted in the United States in a performance of Handel’s Messiah at the Hollywood Bowl in 1982 with Christopher Hogwood and the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra.
He received his vocal training at St. Paul’s Cathedral in London (where he began his career as a choral singer) as well as at the King’s School Canterbury and Magdalen College at Oxford. His teachers were David Johnston and Peter Pears.
Elliott is most widely known for his performances of early music, having performed with European ensembles including The Academy of Ancient Music, The Early Music Consort of London, The London Early Music Group, Musica Antiqua Köln, The Deller Consort, Pro Cantione Antiqua, and The Hilliard Ensemble, of which he was a founder member.
Since 1985, he has been based in the United States. Performances have included Mozart’s Idomeneo, staged in Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium, appearances at the Kalamazoo Bach Festival, the San Antonio Festival, and concerts with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, The City Musick in Chicago, and the Canadian baroque orchestra, Tafelmusik.
Elliott has performed works by twentieth-century composers such as Arvo Pärt, Steve Reich, and John Cage, and he makes frequent appearances with the San Francisco-based vocal and instrumental ensemble Magnificat Baroque which specializes in music of the 17th century.
He holds the Certified McClosky Voice Technician designation from the Boston-based McClosky Institute of Voice, of which he is a past president. He is an Honorary Fellow of the London-based Academy of St.Cecilia.
WFIU will feature music performed by Paul Elliott throughout the month of November.