Thursday, October 10th, 2013 The Helicon Foundation Appoints Avi Stein Artistic Director
The Helicon Foundation has appointed Avi Stein as its Artistic Director. A harpsichordist and organist, Stein is Artistic Director of the 4x4 Baroque Festival and Music Director and Co-Artistic Director of Opera Omnia. He is an instructor at The Juilliard School, Yale University Institute of Sacred Music, and the Longy School of Music of Bard College, and he serves as Director of Music and Organist at St. Matthew and St. Timothy Episcopal Church in Manhattan. He succeeds James Roe, who was recently appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra.
Helicon President Lisa Welch says: “The Board of Directors of Helicon is delighted to welcome Avi Stein as Helicon’s Artistic Director. Avi’s deep and rich experience in historical practice makes him eminently qualified to continue and expand Helicon in its mission: exploring chamber music in a historical context. We are looking forward to Avi’s leadership and inspiration as he guides this remarkable organization to an even more exciting future.”
Stein began his association with Helicon in 2009 when he performed in its 89th Symposium entitled “Curiose Inventioni.” The New York Times described him 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. Stein has performed as harpsichordist and organist throughout the United States, Europe, Canada, and Central America. He studied at Indiana University, the Eastman School of Music, and the University of Southern California, and he was a Fulbright scholar in France at the Toulouse CEMS.
Stein says: “From Albert Fuller’s preeminent circle of early music pioneers to some of today’s brightest young talent, the Helicon Foundation has showcased world-class musicians in a unique and engaging atmosphere. I am honored to be associated with this distinguished list and eagerly look forward to combining impassioned artistry with the inquisitiveness of historically informed practice in inspiring concerts that move audiences and illuminate the repertoire.”
President and CEO of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra James Roe says of his successor: “The appointment of Avi Stein as Artistic Director honors Helicon’s tradition and looks forward to its bright future.”
Artistic Administrator of the Baryshnikov Arts Center, Pedja Muzijevic says: “Avi Stein quickly established himself as one of the most important players in New York's period instrument scene, and I am thrilled that he is Helicon's new Artistic Director.”
Stein assumes artistic leadership at a time of promising growth for Helicon. Over the last several seasons, Helicon has doubled its membership while continuing to present a wide spectrum of chamber music performed by world class artists in an intimate setting. The New York Times has hailed this "important early music organization" for its "intimate, immaculately fashioned symposiums." This season begins with Symposiums featuring music of Mozart and Haydn on Sunday, October 20, and Monday, October 21.
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