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New York Polyphony History

New York Polyphony

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Based in: New York City, United States.

Members: Christopher Dylan Herbert, Craig Phillips, Steven Caldicott Wilson, Geoffrey Williams
Former Members: Geoffrey Silver

Praised for a "rich, natural sound that's larger and more complex than the sum of its parts," (National Public Radio) New York Polyphony is regarded as one of the finest vocal chamber ensembles in the world. The four men, "singers of superb musicianship and vocal allure," (The New Yorker) apply a modern touch to repertoire that ranges from austere medieval melodies to cutting-edge contemporary compositions. Their dedication to innovative programming, as well as a focus on rare and rediscovered Renaissance and medieval works, has not only earned New York Polyphony critical acclaim, but also helped to move early music into the classical mainstream.

The ensemble's growing discography includes two GRAMMY-nominated releases and albums that have topped the "best of" lists of The New Yorker, Gramophone, and BBC Music Magazine. Called a "spacious, radiant retreat" by The New York Times, their current release, Sing thee Nowell, scored New York Polyphony its second GRAMMY nomination in the Best Chamber Music/ Small Ensemble Performance category.

New York Polyphony has toured extensively, participating in major concert series and festivals around the world. Highlights include Miller Theatre at Columbia University Early Music Series; Rheingau Musik Festival, Thuringer Bachwochen, Tage Alter Musik Regensburg (Germany); Festival Oude Muziek Utrecht (Netherlands); Stiftskonzerte Oberosterreich (Austria); Festival de Musica de Morelia (Mexico); Elora Festival (Canada); and Choral at Cadogan Hall in London. They have been featured on Performance Today for American Public Media, Footprints to Paradise: A Medieval Christmas for Public Radio International, and BBC Radio 3's In Tune. In December 2011, New York Polyphony made its national television debut on The Martha Stewart Show.