Recital: Tyler Duncan & Erika Switzer
Five Little Songs (R. L. Stevenson) - Reynaldo Hahn
Child Poems (Rabindranath Tagore) - Darius Milhaud
Five Songs - Erich Korngold
Songs of Travel (R. L. Stevenson) - R. Vaughan Williams
Canadian baritone Tyler Duncan made his debut at the Spoleto Festival as Mr. Friendly in the 18th-century ballad opera Flora in the spring of 2010, returning in 2011 as the Speaker in Mozart's The Magic Flute. Other appearances have included the role of Raymondo in Handel's Almira with the Boston Early Music Festival, Dandini in Rossini's La cenerentola with Pacific Opera Victoria; and Demetrius in Britten's A Midsummer Night's Dream at the Princeton Festival. Issued on the CPO label is his Boston Early Music Festival recording of the title role in John Blow's Venus and Adonis.
Mr. Duncan's concerts include Mahler's 8th Symphony with the American Symphony Orchestra and the Toronto Symphony, Berlioz L'enfance du Christ with the Montreal Symphony; both Bach and Mendessohn's Magnificat with the New York Philharmonic; Bach's St Matthew Passion with the Munich Bach Choir, Montreal Symphony, and the Oregon Bach Festival; Haydn's The Creation with the Québec, Montreal, and Winnipeg symphony orchestras; Beethoven's Ninth Symphony with the Calgary Philharmonic and Philharmonie der Nationen in Munich, Berlin, Stuttgart, and Frankfurt; Haydn's The Seasons with the Calgary Philharmonic; Handel's Messiah with Tafelmusik, the Montreal and Toronto Symphony Orchestras, Handel and Haydn Society, San Francisco's Philharmonia Baroque, and Portland Baroque; Mozart's Requiem with the Montreal, Toronto, and Salt Lake City Symphony Orchestras. He has also performed at Germany's Halle Händel Festival, Verbier Festival, Vancouver Early Music Festival, Montreal Bach Festival, Oregon Bach Festival, Lanaudière Festival, Stratford Festival, Berkshire Choral Festival, and New York's Carnegie Hall.
Frequently paired with pianist Erika Switzer, Tyler Duncan has given acclaimed recitals in New York, Boston, and Paris, and throughout Canada, Germany, Sweden, France, and South Africa. Mr. Duncan has received prizes from the Naumburg, London's Wigmore Hall, and Munich's ARD competitions, and won the 2010 Joy in Singing competition, 2008 New York Oratorio Society Competition, 2007 Prix International Pro Musicis Award, and Bernard Diamant Prize from the Canada Council for the Arts. He holds music degrees from the University of British Columbia, Germany's Hochschule für Musik (Augsburg), and Hochschule für Musik und Theater (Munich). He is a founding member on the faculty of the Vancouver International Song Institute.
Mr. Duncan's recordings include Bach's St. John Passion with Portland Baroque and a DVD of Handel's Messiah with Kent Nagano and the Montreal Symphony from CBC Television. On the ATMA label are works by Purcell and Carissimi's Jepthe with Les Voix Baroque.
Known for her brilliant and expressive playing, Erika Switzer has been praised for her ability to match emotional playing to dramatic texts. Throughout Europe and North America, she has performed in recital with sopranos Martha Guth, Simone Osborne and Edith Wiens, mezzo-soprano Julie Boulianne, tenors Colin Balzer and James Taylor, and baritones François Le Roux, Christopher Trakas and Tyler Duncan.
Ms. Switzer has appeared across Canada for Debut Atlantic and Prairie Debut, at the chamber music festivals of Montreal and Ottawa, and frequently at MusicFest Vancouver and the André Turp Recital Society series in Montreal. Her New York appearances include recitals for the Peggy Rockefeller Concert Series and the Frick Collection, as well as performances at Alice Tully Hall and Carnegie's Weill Recital Hall. She has also appeared at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. In France, she has performed for the Francis Poulenc Academy in Tours and in Paris at Salle Cortot for Pro Musicis. Other European performances include the New Discoveries series in Baden-Baden Festspiele, and the Winners & Masters concert series in Munich. She has also played at the Cape Classic Chamber Music Festival in South Africa.
Erika Switzer is a professor at Bard College and the Bard College Conservatory of Music, a co-founder of the Vancouver International Song Institute, and a faculty member of Westminster Choir College's CoOPERAtive Program. She is also co-creator of the podcast and Ezine "Sparks & Wiry Cries," co-produced with soprano Martha Guth.
Erika Switzer won First Prize for best pianist at the Wigmore Hall International Song Competition and the Best Pianist award at the Robert Schumann International Vocal Competition. She holds a D.M.A. degree from the Juilliard School of Music.
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