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Montreal Studio of Ancient Music

Montreal Studio of Ancient Music

The Montreal Studio of Ancient Music (Studio de musique ancienne de Montréal) is an early music vocal ensemble based in Montreal, Canada. The ensemble is made up of 10 to 13 vocalists and partners frequently with a variety of professional chamber orchestras made up of period instruments.

Praised for its ‘rich-textured, vibrant sound' and ‘hypnotic beauty', Montreal Studio of Ancient Music has established a reputation as Montreal's finest early music vocal ensemble. Composed of 10 to 13 singers chosen for the remarkable clarity and purity of their voices, the Studio was founded in 1974 by the organist and harpsichordist Christopher Jackson, whose inspired leadership continues to this day.

Delighting audiences for more than three decades, the Studio has brought more than 800 renaissance and baroque masterpieces before the public, and continues to reveal and share the vitality, sensuality, and emotional depth of early music. The ensemble's concert series has been a highlight of Montreal's cultural life for 35 years and ranks as an integral part of the city's lively baroque scene.

Flowering from Montreal's fertile early music scene in the early 1970s, the Studio was a pioneer ensemble in the North American period music movement. The choir partners with period instrument ensembles to perform renaissance and baroque masterpieces. The Studio's members boast impeccable pedigree, and collaborate with some of the world's finest period music instrument specialists. The Studio has toured Mexico, France, Spain and Luxembourg and has often appeared at the Festival International de Sarrebourg.

Through frequent concert collaborations with many well-known early music instrumental ensembles-including Skip Sempé's Cappriccio Stravagante Renaissance Orchestra - the Studio has partnered with many renowned artists, such as Jordi Savall, Ton Koopman, Dame Emma Kirkby, Guillemette Laurens, Suzie LeBlanc and Daniel Taylor. The ensemble has also performed works by contemporary composers in collaboration with such ensembles as the Société de musique contemporaine du Québec.