Join Vlad Smishkewych in exploring the last millennium of vocal and instrumental music as historical instruments and techniques bring the sounds of ages past to our modern ears.
About Vlad Smishkewych:
Tenor Wolodymyr Smishkewych has specialized in medieval song, chant, and new music since the 1990s. He received his training in voice performance from Rutgers University and Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, having studied with renowned tenors Frederick Urrey, Paul Elliott and Alan Bennett. A sought-after performer and vocal pedagogue in medieval, contemporary, and world music, he has lectured and taught masterclasses and performance programs at universities in the United States, South America, Canada, and Europe. In 2011 he joined the faculty of the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance at the University of Limerick, Ireland, where he was director of the MA in Ritual Song and Chant until 2014. In spring 2015 he joined REMA, the European Early Music Network, as their Webradio Producer and Editor. He is thrilled to join RTÉ lyric fm as host of the new programme, The Astrolabe.
He is a member of Sequentia Ensemble for Medieval Music and of Paul Hillier’s Theatre of Voices, and has been featured as a soloist with The Harp Consort and Ars Nova Copenhagen. His opera appearances in the USA and Europe have been under the baton of directors such as Peter Sellars, Gary Wedow, Benton Hess, and James Middleton. He has performed at major venues and festivals through Europe, the USA, Canada, Australia, and South America including Carnegie Hall, BBC Proms, Tanglewood, Regensberg Tage Alter Musik, Festival Cervantino, Edinburgh Festival, and the early music festivals of Boston, Barcelona, Utrecht, Vancouver, and Berkeley. He has recorded for Sony/BMG, Harmonia Mundi USA, ExCathedra, and IU Music-Focus records, and written for publications by Cambridge University Press and Taunton Press. Active as a researcher as well as a performer, he writes, records, and creates video about singing, ethnomusicology, historical instruments, and music & nature. Since 2011 he lives in western Ireland with his partner, historical keyboardist Yonit Kosovske.
Wolodymyr Smishkewych gratefully acknowledges funding support from the Music Network Music Capital Scheme, funded by the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Arts Council Ireland).