Joel Cohen, Music Director
February 1, 2008
For Release: Immediate
Contact: Kathryn Welter
FAMED EARLY MUSIC ENSEMBLE
ANNOUNCES NEW LEADERSHIP
Boston, MA – Big changes are underway at the Boston Camerata, the local early music ensemble with a major international reputation.
Led for the last 39 years by Joel Cohen, who has brought the group from modest beginnings to a round-the-globe touring and recording career, the Boston Camerata will be appointing the French-born Anne Azéma as its new Artistic Director.
Anne Azéma will begin her tenure in September; at the same time, Joel Cohen will assume his new role as Music Director Emeritus.
Ms. Azéma, distinguished soprano, ensemble director, and scholar, has built a major, independent career as a leading specialist in medieval song, all the while remaining closely associated for many seasons with The Boston Camerata. With Camerata she has been present as soloist, pedagogue, and frequent guest director. She has been present on virtually all of the group’s tours and recordings since the early 1980’s, and is a co-recipient of the Grand Prix du Disque for her role as Iseult in Camerata’s production of Tristan et Iseult.
As an independent recitalist and researcher, Anne Azéma has produced five CD recordings of music from the French and Provençal middle ages, earning numerous awards and distinctions here and overseas in the process. Her recent teaching activities include extended residencies at the University of Oregon and the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, as well as lectures and workshops in Germany, France, the Netherlands, and elsewhere.
Ms. Azéma will be guiding the fortunes of Camerata’s long-established in-town series, now in its 54th year, as well as planning and leading tours and recording projects. As Music Director Emeritus, Joel Cohen will continue to perform and to offer an assisting role to the new Artistic Director.
“Anne’s presence in Camerata is a wonderful and continuing gift of musicianship and artistry,” says Ken Turino, president of the Boston Camerata’s board. “We are happily anticipating a new era as she leads us all forward.”