Avi Stein Artistic Director & Harpsichord
Helicon Artistic Director, Avi Stein
Avi has served as the Artistic Director of the Helicon Foundation since 2013 and is Associate Organist and Choirmaster at Trinity Church Wall Street in Manhattan, where he takes part in a wide range of activities, from liturgical events to the weekly Bach cantata series and the recent Carnegie Hall performance of massive works by Charles Ives and Alberto Ginastera.
He teaches continuo accompaniment and chamber music at the Juilliard School, and taught vocal repertoire at the Yale Institute of Sacred Music. Avi performed on the 2015 Grammy Award-winning recording by the Boston Early Music Festival of Marc-Antoine Charpentier’s La Descente d’Orphée aux Enfers and La Couronne de Fleurs. The New York Times described Avi as “a brilliant organ soloist” in his Carnegie Hall debut, and he was recently featured in Early Music America magazine in an article on the new generation of leaders in the field.
Avi has performed throughout the United States, in Europe, Canada, and Central America. He directed the young artists’ program at the Carmel Bach Festival and has conducted a variety of ensembles, including the Opera Français de New York, OperaOmnia, the Amherst Festival opera, and the critically acclaimed annual series, The 4x4 Baroque Music Festival. Avi studied at Indiana University, the Eastman School of Music, the University of Southern California, and was a Fulbright scholar in Toulouse.